Inside Social Security's move to modernize by being 'cloud smart'

FedScoop: The Social Security Administration is in the first year of its five-year IT modernization plan, and a large part of that is moving to the public cloud. But rather than pushing blindly into it, the agency is trying to be “cloud smart.”

“What that means is consider cloud first but be aware of where things run the best,” said John Foertschbeck, senior adviser in SSA’s Office of Systems Operations and Hardware Engineering. “So just because we’re considering cloud first doesn’t mean that’s where it goes. We want to make sure that we look holistically at applications and make the best determination for where they fit in our environment.”

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