Mississippi Chief Information Officer Craig Orgeron explains why moving services to the cloud is a priority for his state, and why their decentralized IT structure means they can then offer services to more agencies.
A common refrain at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) annual conference in Nashville was that organizations are taking a step back from “cloud first.” More often, CIOs said they are working to be “cloud smart,” referring to a judicious use of cloud services in combination with perhaps more secure on-premises systems and solutions.
CIO Craig Orgeron has a similar approach to cloud in Mississippi, where he looks at the move away from a physical data center as a priority as they begin a hybrid cloud project. He said that in the state’s decentralized government model, cloud services mean agencies can get what they need without having to go through a “monolithic” procurement organization.
He explained that since cloud lacks the capacity restrictions of on-prem solutions, Mississippi may be able to offer services to more state agencies and even local governments.
“You’re not maxing out a server or storage,” Orgeron said. “Cloud is all about capacity.”