Earlier in this forum I wrote about Federal CIO Vivek Kundra and his ‘Cloud First’ program. Not only did I tip my hat to Kundra but I gave him my vote as U.S. Federal Employee of the Year for his strong leadership in advocating technologies that he felt would not only modernize the nation’s IT but also save taxpayer dollars and improve the services that our government provides to us.
Now I read that Kundra plans to leave his office in August for a post at Harvard University after 2.5 years as the first Federal CIO. Kundra’s vision was strong and his initiatives appeared to be moving federal IT forward. Will his departure mean a slowdown of his vision, or will the work and the philosophy he championed so well continue under his successor (whoever that may be)? Will we continue to see federal government IT that is committed to working ” harder, smarter, and faster for American people,” as Kundra envisioned?
The reviews from the pundits and fellow CIOs are mixed. Some believe that his departure means that his programs will stall. Others believe he has opened the eyes of the federal decision-makers who will continue his aggressive push for cloud computing, data center consolidation, and continued IT reform. Still others believe Kundra was good at making a name for himself, but not committed enough personally to see his vision through to conclusion. How do you see it?
I hope his replacement will embrace Kundra’s strategy for continued aggressive IT transformation for the federal government. Why? Because with the burgeoning federal deficit, our nation needs better technology results for our taxpayer dollars. And this should be a priority regardless of who holds the title of Federal CIO.