According to Braley-Smith, agencies stand to benefit from technology upgrades by converting information silos into open data and addressing redundancy issues.
The report cited studies that support the need for transformation, which was part of then-U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra’s 25-point plan to reform federal IT management.
Close to 50 percent of IT applications in federal offices operate on legacy technologies, that survey says.
The report pointed out potential difficulties from aging application portfolios that Braley-Smith believes are complex, threaten security, costly and unable to support new technologies.
She reiterated Dell cloud evangelist Matthew Mikell’s position that going modern in federal government is an overdue exercise.
Being able to choose the right vendor for the job will help in a transition process that could otherwise be a “daunting task,” Braley-Smith concludes.