May 30, 2018

Will You Be Ready for CBP Cloud Challenge?

By Kevin Shaker, senior analyst

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is wading through an unimaginable volume of RFI responses, due April 16. Meanwhile, cloud providers wait in anticipation for some kind of sign from CBP on when the RFP will be released and the expected due date. Cloud vendors, large and small, are eager to be part of this next technology wave

As civilian agencies strive to lower hardware costs, cloud services and cloud migration efforts have been a large IT push. Recruitment of more skilled workers has also been a top priority. It has been taking longer for larger agencies to reach cloud milestones – mission systems applications and infrastructures are siloed and challenging to migrate.

CBP is one of the larger agencies embarking on the cloud journey. It is the largest funded sub-agency within the Department of Homeland Security and is eager to move a large portion of its legacy IT to the cloud.

On February 28, CBP released an RFI that asks for help migrating its applications out of the Office of Information Technology’s National Data Center in Springfield, Va., to cloud services. The RFI submissions were due April 16, but it’s not too late to respond. There will undoubtedly be many opportunities to partner. 

The RFI’s cover letter states that the agency is looking for methods it can use to best perform this migration, which is where vendors had legroom to incorporate their technology into the proposed solution. Responses had to include timelines to meet the migration goal of October 2022, which was originally in FY2019.

There are three major CBP data centers, each with its own application portfolios that will need to be migrated to the cloud. Those who offer cloud implementation and integration solutions should have a message tailored to the Enterprise Data Management and Engineering Directorate under Ed Mays. His group helps build and sustain application platforms and can provide insight into what protocols will be needed to get the apps ready for cloud computing.

It’s helpful to reach out to individual application teams that focus on in-house maintenance. Messages tailored to the two groups that incorporate proper security measures will have a decent chance at winning an important opportunity here.

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This story originally appeared on immixGroup’s Government Sales Insider blog.