As IT leaders throughout the federal government look to guide their agencies toward enterprise-wide cloud maturity, they are met with endless choices regarding what services, technologies, and capabilities to invest in, and at what levels. Done with purpose, cloud can pave the way for tighter security, more efficient operations, seamless integration of new technologies, and agile footing across an enterprise. Done haphazardly, it can leave agencies with a new set of challenges that are just as formidable as those they experienced with on-premises IT.
With such a multitude of paths to take and choices to make, government CTOs and CIOs may find themselves grasping for a clear point of reference by which they can track the progress of their cloud journeys and assess whether their cloud strategies remain optimized to suit the particulars of their agencies.
By making mission assurance their "North Star," agency IT leaders can get their eyes above the maze of day-to-day technical details and focus on making decisions that positively impact what matters most to their organizations, their workforces, and the American people—mission delivery and outcomes.