When an organization the size of the Department of Defense makes a tech move, vendors and users either pay attention and ride the wave, or remain oblivious and get swept along, anyway. The DoD, writes our Arthur Cole this week, is firming up its shift toward reliance on more cloud services and its embrace of bring your own device, or BYOD.
One key feature of the DoD plan is the formation of a large cloud broker, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which will be charged with dealing with security and other issues commonly faced in cloud environments.
On the mobility side, will the DoD release an official BYOD policy? Maybe. The topic is being evaluated for its potential to improve communications. Since this is the U.S. military we're talking about, measurable results will play a key role in the final decision.
As your organization progresses through the decision-making process on either or both of these hot topics, several IT Downloads may help you define your criteria for measuring success, and get policies in place.
Start with NIST's PowerPoint, "Effectively Using and Securing the Cloud Computing Paradigm." This research out of the Department of Commerce will save you hours and hours of research work.