The cloud has become a mature concept as agencies move forward with their work in 2018. Companies who have partnered with the federal government in information technology transitions have learned many lessons to share.
Keith Johnson, chief technology officer and chief engineer for Leidos’ Defense and Intelligence Group joined Federal News Radio to share insights in the areas of cost, analysis and user experience.
He said the key for agencies evaluating the move to the cloud and ROI metrics needs to start with how they are measuring the services and the ultimate value that’s provided.
Evaluating the ROI for Moving to the Cloud
If you do it smartly, the cloud can be secure, but that requires a governance process and a methodology that starts by thinking about cyber at the very beginning, and how you're going to roll that out.
If you have current services that are being delivered via traditional means, and then you go to the cloud, before you commit fully to the cloud, we want to make sure that the services, the costs, and the end efficiencies are being realized.
Keith Johnson, CTO & CE within Leidos’ Defense & Intelligence business, is responsible for identifying, developing, and driving new technologies into customer-focused solutions. Mr. Johnson leads investments in enterprise IT modernization, full spectrum cyber, and advanced analytics capabilities. Previously Mr. Johnson was the Technical Director for Advanced Analytics at Lockheed Martin leading big data investments in multi-INT fusion, activity-based intelligence, and open source intelligence. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Johnson was part of a venture capital group focused on technology startups in the telecommunications industry. Earlier in his career, he was a nuclear engineer for the U.S. Navy. Mr. Johnson has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Rice University and masters in engineering administration from Virginia Tech.
John Gilroy has been a member of the Washington D.C. technology community for over twenty years. In 2007 he began weekly interviews on Federal News Radio called “Federal Tech Talk with John Gilroy.” His 428 interviews provides the basis for profitable referral business. In 2009 he created a successful breakfast club of previous radio guests called The Technology Leadership Roundtable. He has been instrumental in two of his guests forming their own radio shows: Derrick Dortch with “Fed Access” and Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm with “Women in Washington.”
In 2011 he began teaching a course in social media marketing at Georgetown University; in March of 2014, John won the Tropaia Award for Outstanding Faculty. John conducts monthly corporate training for large companies on how to leverage social media to generate revenue.