Sandbox Centers Create ‘Proving Grounds’ Where Government and Commercial Organizations Can Test Innovation Viability for Real-World Use-Cases and Bottom-Line Results
#GovFest, WASHINGTON DC, (September 25, 2013) – kloudtrack® a leader in cloud computing technologies and solution services for sensitive data, process management and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) today announced a teaming relationship with George Mason University (GMU) and Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) to establish the first Innovation Sandbox™ exchange catering to the innovation and technology road-mapping needs of government/public sector and education organizations.
This Innovation Sandbox, which will be located on GMU’s Fairfax, VA campus just outside Washington DC, is being developed jointly by kloudtrack, Cisco and GMU’s Department of Applied IT which is part of the Volgenau School of Engineering. This Innovation Sandbox will allow organizations to test a variety of innovative technologies and/or methodologies in a “sandbox” environment.
As with all Innovation Sandbox environments, the GMU sandbox will be provisioned in-tandem with selected partners that offer technologies and solutions in a variety of innovation categories (examples follow):
“Organizations in public sector, education as well as commercial ranks have become very risk-minded with regards to IT strategies and budgets,” stated Donald T. Gantz, PhD and Chair of the GMU Applied IT Department. “No matter if the risk is mission-oriented or a result of the sequested procurement environment the results are the same. IT decision makers are becoming very selective and justifiably taking a use-case approach to purchases. The Innovation Sandbox concept allows these communities to bring their mission needs to a team of vendors and project analyst specialists with a goal to assess, identify, prioritize and roadmap innovations that meet critical objectives,” added Gantz.
Now, more than ever, the driving factors behind IT deployments have become more economic than technical. The advent of innovations such as cloud, virtualization and mobility mean the vendor landscape is much more diverse.
“With standards such as the NIST Cloud Reference Architecture and more recently FedRAMP driving easier portability, organizations can now consider best-of-breed offerings when considering and procuring IT solutions,” stated Jan M. Levine, founder | CTO for kloudtrack®. “The Innovation Sandbox environments are designed to give organizations the opportunity to test waters with a Start Small … and Scale™ approach with keen sensitivity to limited resources and measurable results,” added Levine.
Deployments are expected to run on sandbox systems for a period of weeks or months at small costs. During these test-bed deployments teams will evaluate the viability and return on investment (ROI) for selected innovations. Then, decisions can be made about contracting and scaling the deployments with a solid base of results-oriented information.
“Organizations will be able to utilize the Innovation Sandbox to test sample-sets of data, users, processes and measure value metrics against real-world use case scenarios,” stated Dan Kent, CTO- US Public Sector, Cisco Systems. “This concept and approach is consistent with Cisco’s efforts to cultivate vendor ecosystems. With tightened budgets and a much more diverse environment of innovations available, CIOs have a rare opportunity to test the waters. The challenges we’ve heard have centered around finding vendors/technologies that work well together and are able to be deployed quickly on a small-scale with limited resources. These Innovation Sandbox environments offer an on-ramp to next-generation technologies that could have a dramatic impact on bottom-line results,” added Kent.
The Innovation Sandbox approach works in a wide variety of industries. As announced previously, Cisco and kloudtrack have identified the following sectors for initial Innovation Sandbox efforts:
By the end of 2013, three Innovation Sandbox environments are expected to be operational with a broad community of partner organizations serving diverse customer needs. Invited partner organizations will include academia (universities, training centers), technology/solution vendors, consulting/professional service providers, system integrators, incubators/accelerators, economic development agencies (EDAs) as well as individual thought-leaders.
At this time, kloudtrack and Cisco are seeking innovation partners to jointly map sophisticated innovations and offerings to existing missions, task orders and new procurements in the industry sectors and innovation categories highlighted above. Interested parties should contact Nicholas Mumma at 240-499-3844 or email@example.com.
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About George Mason University (Where Innovation is Tradition)
Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Within Virginia’s largest university, the GMU Volgenau School of Engineering is home to more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students and consists of seven departments: Applied Information Technology; Bioengineering; Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Statistics; and Systems Engineering and Operations Research.