"The on ramp to federal cloud is horribly congested," O'Keeffe said. "You can hear the honking on the digital highway right now as software companies line up to get through federal certification."
O'Keeffe called on OMB and other agencies to "set realistic goals in the open and publish the real status on success and failure." Agency CIOs should prioritize what applications they need to continue to operate, and agencies should look to private company efforts to optimize data centers for the best ideas moving forward, he said.
"How long did it take Nasdaq to do its data center optimization?" he said. "What steps did it take? How much money did it save? Can we learn a huge amount from industry? Absolutely, yes."
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