FTC, SEC Look to Cloud and Mobile Tech for Innovation; Bajinder Paul, Thomas Bayer Comment

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The Federal Trade Commission has joined the Securities and Exchange Commission in using cloud computing to modernize information technology networks in order to increase operational functions and facilitate innovation, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes that Bajinder Paul, FTC chief information officer, said the email and messaging platform and wireless offering is the starting point for the move to cloud and will be followed by a move to mobile computing.

“[These] are opportunities where we can achieve cost savings, we can improve mission performance, availability, reliability and reduce the footprint of the data center by leveraging cloud computing,” he said.

Paul also noted that both transitions could be finished by the end of the year to address the growing need for mobility and leverage data analytics tools available in the cloud.

Meanwhile, Miller reports that SEC has already moved 50 applications, including its call center support, training and human resources systems, to a cloud envirionment over the past three years.

“It’s been a great transition for us. It has allowed us to improve our reliability and up-time and also reduce our overall cost of operation,” said Thomas Bayer, CIO of SEC.

The SEC has been using the cloud to host its website and the EDGAR financial filing system due to the high traffic it receives and to also enable added functions such as full-text search, Miller reports.

More applications will soon be added to manage the high volume of data that the commission processes and to accommodate mobile platforms, Bayer noted.


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