Last week the White House announced that Vivek Kundra, the first ever federal government CIO, will leave his position in August. Prior to Kundra, federal IT was considered about as aggressive as Lebron James in the NBA finals. When Kundra took over that post in 2009, he became best known for his “cloud first” policy for all federal agencies, which resulted in a plan to shut down over 800 federal data centers.
However, it’s worth noting that he modernized the federal government in many other ways. One of Kundra’s initiatives was to modernize the government through consumer technologies like iPads and Google mail. At Yankee Group, the consumerization of IT is one of our primary research areas and Kundra’s ability to consumerize the government is taking that to the extreme.
So where does the government go from here? Whoever is named the successor to Kundra cannot take their foot off the gas. For the first time ever, the US government has the opportunity to show the world “what’s possible” when it comes to technology. There will be some challenges to come for Federal IT between CIOs but that doesn’t mean the brakes will be put on. Life goes on and so should the modernization of the Federal government.