January 2015 Federal Cloud Computing Summit Summary

April 2015
Topics: Cloud Computing, Distributed Systems, Collaborative Decision Making, IT Investment Management
Karen Caraway, The MITRE Corporation
Dr. Nicole Gong Parrish, The MITRE Corporation
Michael J. Kristan, The MITRE Corporation
Nancy Ross, The MITRE Corporation
Dr. Justin F. Brunelle, The MITRE Corporation
Tom Suder, The Advanced Technology Academic Research Center
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The latest installment of the Federal Cloud Computing Summit took place on January 14-15, 2015. The Summit began on January 14th with the MITRE-Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC) Collaboration Sessions that allowed industry, academic, government, and MITRE representatives the opportunity to collaborate and discuss the government’s challenge areas in cloud computing. The goal of the collaboration sessions is to create a forum for an exchange of ideas and a way to create recommendations to further the adoption and advancement of cloud computing within the government.

The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). ATARC is a non-profit organization that leverages academia to bridge between government and corporate participation. MITRE worked in partnership with the ATARC to host these collaborative sessions as part of the Federal Cloud Computing Summit. 

The collaboration sessions occur on the first day of the two day Federal Cloud Computing Summit. On January 15th, Maria Roat (Chief Technology Officer of US Department of Transportation) gave the opening keynote. The Summit continued with a series of panel discussions, an industry trade show, and concluded with a panel discussion on the collaboration session outcomes. The goal of the collaboration sessions is to create a forum for an exchange of ideas and a way to create recommendations to further the adoption and advancement of cloud computing within the government.

The goal of the MITRE-ATARC Collaboration Sessions is to enable the collaboration between government representatives that potentially would not otherwise meet, academics, and industry representatives. The sessions identify challenges, best practices, recommendations, success stories, and requirements to further the state of cloud computing in the government.

The government, industry, and academia met to address challenge areas in cloud computing, as well as identify courses of action to be taken to enable government and industry collaboration with academic institutions. Academic participants used the discussions as a way to help guide research efforts, curricula development, and to help produce hire-ready graduates to advance the state of cloud computing in the government.

Several recommendations were made as a result of the exchange of ideas in the collaboration sessions. This white paper summarizes the discussions in the collaboration sessions, as well as identifies recommendations for government and academia while identifying orthogonal points between challenge areas. It also recommends an increase in cross-government and academic collaboration to share best practices and address cross-cutting challenges.​

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