Last year, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced it was working on a new cloud computing policy. According to the DoD’s acting CIO, Terry Halvorsen1, individuals, agencies and commands will have to let go of siloed information and share it via the cloud with every other individual, agency and command in the U.S. military. Halvorsen knew, thanks to his years of military experience, what a massive cultural change that would be. The DoD’s culture supported segmenting and protecting information rather than sharing it freely, due to security concerns.
A shift to cloud-based communication and collaboration introduces a major and immediate change in how information is stored and shared within as well as between agencies. An old, closed corporate culture with barriers to information sharing will, driven by changes in technology, give way to a new operational paradigm of openness and decentralization.