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July 15, 2013 FCW.COM 27 DRAGUTIN CVIJANOVIC tion of representatives of the original brainstorming group. In addition to demonstrating tools and solutions, those discussions focused on studying and evaluating different cloud brokerage models and how GSA and federal agencies could bene t. Some of the most valuable information we received were use cases on how cloud brokerage models would actually work, how they are being deployed today and the toolsets being used today. Next steps As a cross-government business model, cloud brokerage is new to government, but the idea is already in use. At the Energy Department s National Nuclear Security Admin- istration, of cials have adopted a cloud brokerage model called YOURcloud. In addition, the Texas Department of Information Resources has implemented and extended a pilot cloud brokerage program. Other agencies are also exploring the cloud broker- age landscape. The Defense Information Systems Agency released its own RFI in 2012 to explore enterprise cloud brokerage services for DOD and recently announced that the organization had reached initial operational capability. And both HHS and DHS are conducting market research into the adoption of a cloud brokerage model. GSA has engaged with other agencies that have imple- mented a cloud broker model to obtain an understanding of their experiences and gather lessons learned. At GSA, we are currently gearing up to launch the cloud broker proof-of-concept (POC) phase. We have already engaged cornerstone stakeholder agencies --- such as DHS, HHS, GSA s Of ce of Citizen Services and Innovative Tech- nologies, and potentially Justice --- that will participate in shaping and evaluating the implementation to help guide next steps and determine a viable model. The POC phase will implement tools and processes to demonstrate technical and operational capabilities and identify challenges. If it shows the path to a viable model for GSA and our cornerstone stakeholders, we will then develop a full concept of operations and a business case to seek support for an acquisition to pursue any future offerings related to cloud services brokers. GSA will not be outsourcing our intermediary role to the private sector. ■ Mary Davie is assistant commissioner of the Of ce of Integrated Technology Services in the General Services Administration s Federal Acquisition Service. If our market research does not indicate value to the government in proceeding with a broker-based offering, then we will not proceed.
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