The cloud in all its forms is a transformative technology and creates many career opportunities. This is particularly true in the Intelligence Community in general and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in particular. With a focus on big data and advanced analytics, the cloud offers efficiency in data management and significant cost savings. As the mission and technology environments change rapidly and the frequency of new user requirements increases, significant career opportunities emerge.
While cloud deployments are mainly considered to contain costs by sharing services and infrastructures, compliance with enterprise engineering standards are also a factor. Cloud adoption is also helping governments to improve business flexibility despite their back-end silo and legacy system vendor resistance.
However, for the cloud to be optimized to best meet agency missions now and in the future, more than rapid app development is required. Significant engineering expertise is also required based upon the latest agile methodologies for systems engineering and integration. For an agency like NGA, solutions require a focus on business outcomes tailored to existing and changing mission requirements.
Subject Matter (Cloud Computing) Experts are Required
The new technologies and methodologies require subject matter experts that are not presently available in government agencies because the cloud and big data technologies force IT professionals to view engineering and system integration in a very different manner.
Existing practices need to be adapted to this new way of doing business and the mission requirements of users. New levels of cloud certification and training are also required.
The Government Is Realizing That It’s Not Easy to Implement These Cloud Careers Solutions Themselves
In a rapidly changing environment, the NGA (like all federal agencies) is notoriously slow in adapting, Layers of bureaucracy inhibit agency agility in hiring and training of subject matter experts required to meet mission needs. Often private industry can out bid NGA for qualified experts.
Contracting Is A Source Of Qualified Subject Matter Experts
Contractors are more agile and able to supply on demand the qualified experts required by NGA to fully utilize the leaning forward transformative technologies and methodologies. Contractors have met the demand through offering strong career paths and opportunities for the best qualified candidates.
But to be successful, the best contractors focus on the individual and offer advancement, training/certification, and growth opportunities to the best qualified candidates. Those contractors with a culture of individual success with a mission solutions value added offering are the most successful.
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