Last week, I had the privilege of listening to a presentation by Vivek Kundra, US Federal CIO at the US Department of Commerce in Washington DC. I was attending the NIST Cloud Workshop and Forum.
Vivek talked about how the US government tech was 10 years behind the curve and his initial days as the CIO. He basically called for action from NIST and the community to define standards for cloud computing to increase the adoption.
His presentation is available as a CIO report at State of Public Sector Cloud Computing.
The foremost requirement for cloud adoption aired at the workshop was "security". No surprises there.
During the 12+ months reign as the CIO, Vivek has done two things:
a) Jumpstarted Cloud Computing as a paradigm for the government sector. This in turn has energized cloud computing adoption.
b) Placed the emphasis on Identity Management which rejuvenated the ailing OpenId community. (Yeah, the regular LOA1 type work).
I did not have the privilege of meeting Vivek in person.