Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services, details her outlook on cloud services in the government, and what she thinks will be in the new federal cloud strategy.
At last week’s Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit, the cloud services juggernaut announced that they were working with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) to create a “Cloud Associates Degree.” The company hopes that the degree program will expand the cloud workforce, a sentiment echoed in the President’s Management Agenda. Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector at Amazon Web Services says that, as part of their modernization efforts, the government is moving towards procurement strategies seen in the private sector. “What the government agencies are realizing, just like commercial enterprises, is they cannot be competitive anymore. They have to move forward in their IT procurement and modernization efforts. I really do think it’s that simple,” Carlson told Government Matters. “In the early days, there were things like cloud first policy, and the definition of cloud and FedRAMP. Now we’ve moved way beyond that and we are talking about national security, warfighter mission, homeland capabilities, and utilizing cloud computing is the new norm for doing these things.”