Enterprise Cloud Computing (ECC) Program

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Progress to date – Sept. 20, 2021:

Project status: 55% complete

Project Management plan, charter, schedule, governance

100% complete

Discovery workshops, findings & analysis

100% complete

Strategy, vision, mission, objectives document

70% complete

ECC program functional model

25% complete

ECC program staffing

25% complete

RFP for ECC & migration support

Responses received 9/16; Evaluations in process.

Phase 2 roadmap and project plan

10% complete

 

What's new

 

  • Sept. 16, 2021 - ECC RFP responses received.
  • Sept. 14, 2021 - ECC updated provided to TSB.
  • July 30, 2021 - The ECC IT Professional Services RFP is being revised.
  • July 12, 2021
    • Core Principles for Cloud Acceleration reviewed with Steering Committee and CIO community. 
    • RFP for Implementation Support released June 17 but cancelled.  Adjustments will be made, and the RFP will be re-released in the next few weeks.
    • ECC Program Manager targeted to start July 16.​
  • June 18, 2021- The ECC Implementation Support Services RFP is posted. Vendor responses are due August 6.
  • June 10, 2021 - Our approach for accelerating the state’s cloud strategy and guiding principles for the program were presented at the June 8 TSB quarterly meeting.  The topic was fifth on the agenda and began around 30 minutes into the session.  Presentation materials and a recording will be posted here: WebEx Only - Technology Services Board Quarterly Meeting | OCIO (wa.gov)
  • April 14, 2021 - Governor Inslee signed ESSHB 1274 into law. The law clearly expresses the Legislature’s intent to migrate the state’s information technology toward cloud services.  The bill directs agencies to put all new and existing IT systems in the state data center or third-party commercial cloud services, and commissions a task force on cloud transition to report findings and recommendations by November 30, 2021.

Objective

This is Phase 1 of a two-phase project to implement the state’s Enterprise Cloud Computing (ECC) program in WaTech. This program will provide tools and expert resources to agencies across state government (excluding higher education) designed to accelerate migration to cloud services and gain maximum benefits from cloud investments. The new program will create organizational capacity within WaTech to ensure state agencies receive the support they need both during and beyond the state’s initial cloud migration window.

The Phase 1 project will complete work to define the ECC program’s organization and business functions, establish the program’s permanent staff positions, procure a contract for expert cloud migration support services, and develop a roadmap for Phase 2.  If necessary, the Phase 1 project will also draft an FY2022 supplemental decision package because the state’s overall cloud strategy, which includes the ECC program, cannot move forward without funding.  Phase 2 of this project will implement the plans created by Phase 1 and will have a separate charter.

Background

The state Legislature, seeking to understand the financial benefits and business impacts of migrating the state’s core IT systems to cloud services, directed the OCIO to conduct a statewide cloud readiness assessment and to recommend strategies and migration targets.  On December 31, 2020, the OCIO delivered the assessment and the Washington State Cloud Readiness Report to the Governor and Legislature.  The OCIO’s report summarized the assessment’s findings and recommended a statewide cloud strategy and migration plan. 

A cornerstone of the statewide cloud strategy is identified in the report as strategic workstream GOV-2, which is the creation of a central organization operated in the business model of a cloud services broker and cloud center of excellence. This is the key organization that provides leadership, governance, and resources to accelerate the strategic adoption of cloud technologies across state government. To implement the GOV-2 strategy, the OCIO has initiated this project to create the Enterprise Cloud Computing (ECC) program within WaTech.

The ECC program has a three-pronged mission:

  • Provide statewide leadership and expert resources to enable the ongoing strategic adoption of cloud technologies including the development and governance of the state’s cloud architecture, policies, and standards.
  • Implement a cloud services brokerage function that helps agencies identify and acquire the best solutions at the best prices, and ensures cloud investments are operated securely, efficiently, and in compliance with the state’s IT policies and strategic plan.
  • Orchestrate cloud migration initiatives using contracted resources to help agencies identify migration candidates and to plan and implement migration projects.