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Cloud Adoption

Will assist the analysis of current systems and applications to provide recommendations for planning migration to the cloud, including balancing tactical “lift and shift” imperatives with more strategic “fix and shift” possibilities.

By using an agile and flexible framework the CoE will accelerate adoption across the executive branch enterprise.

Service Offerings

  • Portfolio/architecture analysis
  • Application/system analysis
  • Cloud migration planning
  • Solution architecture support
  • Cloud governance implementation
  • Cloud security assessment
  • FedRAMP advancement

Accomplishments

  • Generated $2M+ in cost avoidance at USDA by leveraging an existing FedRAMP authorized cloud solution for a new data platform (April 2018)
  • Led an initial application rationalization workshop with Agricultural Marketing Service on three business applications (April 2018)
  • Developed proposal to support establishment of Cloud First Services Organization within Digital Infrastructure Services Center (April 2018)
  • Collaborated with NASA and Department of Treasury to document cloud funding best practices/lessons learned (May 2018)
  • Initiated engagements with AgLearn, Farm Service Agency, Forest Service and Agricultural Marketing Service to start cloud readiness assessments (May 2018)
  • Partnered with the USDA Information Security Center and the Data Analytics Center of Excellence to achieve Authority to Operate (ATO) for a new FedRAMP-authorized cloud landing zone in USDA - completing ATO for both the cloud platform and its first component application in less than five months. (May 2018)
  • Partnered with USDA's Marketing and Regulatory Programs Mission Area to create technical teams that will position them for migrating legacy applications to the cloud. (June 2018)
  • Developed solution architectures for AWS and Azure ATO processes for USDA that are transferable to other Federal agencies. (July 2018)
  • Provided USDA’s Forest Service with a notional architecture for migration of their current application inventory to AWS. (August 2018)
  • Developed a department wide application inventory and identified the initial 100 USDA applications to be migrated to the Cloud. (September 2018)

Latest Updates

Jun 09, 2018

Looking for a cloud adoption specialist to join Centers of Excellence

Do you want to be a part of a new fast-paced, cutting-edge group within the federal government? The GSA’s Centers of Excellence (CoE) are looking for the best and brightest to join the team! The CoEs are an extension of GSA’s Technology Transformation Services and are focused on accelerating IT modernization to improve the citizen experience, improve outcomes, and reduce legacy IT spending across the government.

We’re looking for someone to join our team as the Centers of Excellence Cloud Adoption Specialist at the GS-15 level. This key role will lead a team dedicated to helping agencies move away from legacy data centers and migrate to cloud and hybrid environments.

The ideal candidate for this role will be passionate about our mission, with top-notch experience in leading cloud adoption teams. Specifically, you will:

  • Help federal agencies develop and execute cloud migration by applying cloud adoption technical knowledge, problem-solving analysis, and risk calculation to produce high-quality results, meeting customer expectations and organizational goals.
  • Promote the adoption of modern technology practices through teaching, coaching, and knowledge sharing.
  • Practice an exceptional level of customer service with all partners, providing a unique, tailored experience.

You can find out more by reading about the CoE Cloud Adoption Specialist position.


May 23, 2018

Creating a Cloud First Organization

The Cloud Adoption CoE facilitated a workshop for USDA technical leaders. The objective was to provide background information and gain stakeholder support for the foundation of the Commercial Cloud Platform Services (CCPS) organization. CCPS is to be the USDA pathway to cloud services and is contingent on the acceptance and participation of all workshop attendees. The workshop was conducted as a collaborative two-day offsite that brought together stakeholders from across OCIO to discuss roles, responsibilities and expectations in conducting next steps. The CCPS is a logical first step for USDA to leverage and harness the commercial cloud marketplace to add value to farmers, ranchers, and producers (consumers) via three primary roles:

  • Aggregation: Combining and integrating multiple services
  • Service Intermediation: Provisioning of value-added services or improving a capability without actually providing any of the cloud services itself (identity and access management, security management and reporting)
  • Service Arbitrage: Enabling providers to combine various cloud services into one or more aggregated cloud services to USDA cloud consumers

Attendee feedback has painted the workshop as a productive step toward success and sustainment of the CCPS. More importantly, these OCIO stakeholders reached agreement on a plan to move forward as a team – with the purpose of creating a firm foundation of trust amongst peers. This is regarded as the definitive success of the workshop. While the cloud has potential to transform the USDA IT ecosystem, “trust as purpose” is often transformative for the team; it offers the real possibility that together we can act in service to a shared higher aspiration. “One IT” supporting “One USDA.”