DoD and GSA collaborate on contract to move functions to the cloud

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Terry Halvorsen, former DoD CIO & executive VP of IT & mobile communications at Samsung, discusses the administrative cloud contract being worked on for the Pentagon, and how it could provide inspiration for civilian agency contracts.


While there’s been a lot of attention on the Defense Department’s JEDI cloud contract, it’s not the only one currently being pursued. The General Services Administration is working with DoD on a contract to move agency administrative functions to the cloud. Terry Halvorsen, former DoD CIO & executive VP of IT & mobile communications at Samsung, says that one benefit to this process is that it could lead to more streamlined acquisition on the civilian side.

 

“We still write our requirements very detailed and very technical. I think what you want to do is write your requirements as, ‘What is the capability I want?’ I think DoD has made good progress in that. If I was a civilian agency, I would be really trying to watch how they did that and I’d be thinking hard what I want as a capability,” Halvorsen said. “The other thing is don’t limit your capability requests, be smart buyers and drive industry. Samsung isn’t really playing in this group, but I’ll tell you that if you challenge industry and they see that there are dollars there, they are going to respond. That’s what I hope this will drive.”