Two years ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began the process of migrating apps and services to a cloud-based environment. Fast-forward to today and the agency has moved 10 percent of its legacy app to the cloud where all new developments also take place in this new environment.

According to a recent GCN article, this was the key discussion point highlighted by FDA CIO Todd Simpson at the recent Professional Services Council’s FedHealth Conference.

Simpson also highlighted how the FDA is developing a strategic plan to redesign the agency’s technology support systems, and has set up a guidance board to determine what should be in the cloud or hybrid environments.

As previously covered in the GovTransformer “State of the Federal Cloud 2017” article, the cloud is a vital part of modernizing government networks and making them more agile and resilient. However, the true cloud migrations can be challenging – especially when it comes to security considerations.

Earlier this year, Mark Johnson, Director, Modern Platform for Government at Oracle, offered a definitive list of “must dos” when considering a cloud migration. This included the securing all applications from an end-to-end perspective; aligning your needs with vendor capabilities; and expecting the unexpected.

To further help agencies make successful cloud migrations – much like the FCC – the GSA’s Data Center Optimization Initiative Program Management Office recently published a whitepaper titled Infrastructure as a Service Consideration for the Data Center Community. The GSA’s Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) requires agencies to use cloud infrastructure when optimizing, consolidating and creating new applications. And, this new white paper provides a roadmap for agencies to fully embrace the cloud under this requirement.

For offering another sound cloud migration case study, which any agency can take a page from, we are naming FDA CIO Todd Simpson as this week’s GovTransformer. Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of other federal executives and their agencies that are truly transforming how they support mission goals through the most effective use of IT.