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Booz Allen Hamilton Lays Out Path To Cloud

Booz Allen Hamilton is now providing cloud transition guidance

Cloud Musings

Now that cloud computing is seen as a viable technology for the government marketplace, management consulting leader Booz Allen Hamilton is now providing cloud transition guidance. In his article "Cloud Computing: A Transition Methodology", BAH Principal Rod Fontecilla offers a two phased approach for those interested in exploring this option.

Cloud Strategy and Planning phase (Phase 1)

  • 1. Conduct a Strategic Diagnostic

  • 2. Define a Cloud Strategy

  • 3. Create an Implementation

Plan Cloud Deployment phase (Phase 2)

  • 1. Assess/Select the Cloud Provider(s)

  • 2. Establish Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

  • 3. Execute Transition

  • 4. O&M and Help Desk

BAH seems to have really embraced cloud computing as a viable strategy for their government customers. To me this seems to be yet another milepost on the road to widespread acceptance of cloud computing by the Federal government. If a trusted Federal advisor like BAH can see clear answers to all the "cloud computing risks" (i.e. security, legal, economic, etc.), my confidence in this government cloud computing niche seems to be well founded.


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Kevin Jackson, founder of the GovCloud Network, is an independent technology and business consultant specializing in mission critical solutions. He has served in various senior management positions including VP & GM Cloud Services NJVC, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and VP Program Management Office at JP Morgan Chase. His formal education includes MSEE (Computer Engineering), MA National Security & Strategic Studies and a BS Aerospace Engineering. Jackson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 and retired from the US Navy earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Airborne Logistics and Airborne Command and Control. He also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide. Kevin is the founder and author of “Cloud Musings”, a widely followed blog that focuses on the use of cloud computing by the Federal government. He is also the editor and founder of “Government Cloud Computing” electronic magazine, published at To set up an appointment CLICK HERE