HR, financial systems next to the cloud

Monday - 6/13/2011, 7:47pm EDT

A great story on cloud computing from Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller.

Miller reports federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra sees financial systems and human resources systems as the next two big areas that could benefit from cloud computing. Kundra said the government currently runs more than 1,000 different financial and HR systems.

“I envision in the future, in the next couple of years, where you will be seeing major multi-billion dollar RFPs that are cloud centric coming in and disrupting financial, HR and other platforms across the government. And to give a strong signal to the private sector to make sure the private sector [is] innovating and providing us with solutions that allow us to move away from the model of asset ownership and to service provisioning,” Kundra said at a recent event.

The Labor Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are two of the agencies that have already moved their financial management systems to the cloud. And the Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently issued a sources sought notice to move its system to a new provider, and cloud computing is one option.

In February, Kundra said $20 billion of the $80 billion the federal government spends on information technology is a potential target for migration to the cloud. His Federal Cloud Computing Strategy listed the Department of Homeland Security and the Treasury Department as the two agencies with the biggest potential to save.