John Sherman, chief information officer of the Intelligence Community, has said the inclusion of Microsoftâs Azure cloud platform in the IC Information Technology Enterprise reflects his officeâs efforts to search for alternative technologies in support of the communityâs requirements, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.
ICITE is a program that seeks to facilitate IT consolidation and modernization across IC.
âOne of the things Iâve got clear guidance on is we will always be looking for new technologies, new industry capabilities on cloud computing,â Sherman said in an interview on the stationâs Ask the CIO program.
âOne of the priorities we have in the IC is to move to artificial intelligence and machine learning, and this cloud computing foundation is absolutely critical in getting us there,â he added.
Sherman said he believes the communityâs adoption of Microsoft Azure in addition to the National Security Agencyâs GovCloud and Amazon Web Servicesâ cloud platform would help IC speed up the decision-making process in support of counterterrorism efforts and other operations.
Microsoft and IC signed a six-year agreement in May to expand the use of the companyâs cloud platform and other technology offerings by 17 agencies within the community.