The Top 10 Strategic Considerations to Address in a Government Solicitation for Cloud Computing Services

Julie Anderson, Civitas Group, Monday, December 12, 2011

The public sector transition to cloud computing marks a fundamental departure from the legacy IT business model, placing an imperative on strategic planning and operations management in order to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of new technology deployments. Once an agency has decided to migrate certain systems and applications to the cloud, program managers and procurement officers must solicit high-performing, cost-effective and compliant solutions.

This article identifies ten items government IT program managers and procurement officials should consider when soliciting cloud services to mitigate risk, ensure an efficient transition, and promote continued solution performance. It draws on specific passages from recent solicitations released by the General Services Administration (GSA), Department of the Interior (DOI), and Department of Labor (DOL).

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