Changing the way the Agency does business
It only took 32 days to build EDML. The Agency embraced commercial cloud and developed the application in an agile way, breaking up the product development into small deliverables that were tested before moving on.
"We fixed a problem, but we understood and embraced digital transformation strategies," said Detlef Janezic, Chief of Service Engineering and Architecture at the NCI Agency. "Because it was kind of an opener for us in terms of the cloud development environment."
Though the application was quick to build, it did take time to get approved, due to security concerns about using the public cloud. But the effort was worth it, Valle said, as it helped the Agency better learn how it could adopt cloud computing technologies.
After going through this experience, other areas of NATO are looking at how they can help change the culture to better embrace cloud computing.
And the NCI Agency is continuing to seek better ways to collaborate with the Nations to give them the technology they need as quickly as possible.
When developing the NATO App Store, Valle noted that the Agency pushed out six releases of it in one year, with a user-experience similar to what you get at home on your smartphone.
But the Agency wants to go even further.
The Agency is exploring partnerships with NATO nations to give them new versions of the software in EDML much, much before they are ready for production.
It would give those Nations an early situational awareness of what software is coming later. They could test whether it would continue to be interoperable with their Nation's systems, and also allow them to line up their roadmap with NATO's.
About NATO's journey to the cloud: This article is part of an ongoing series focused on how the NCI Agency is embracing state-of-the-art cloud computing technologies. The Agency has organized its efforts in this area into a "Cloud Adoption Roadmap" with pragmatic goals to move key services to the cloud to enable reliable, 24/7 service. The Agency, which leads NATO's digital endeavour, is focused on driving technological progress across the Alliance. Such a digital endeavour means examining, of course, everything from NATO's global communications to its applications. The Agency will continue to map out this journey to the cloud in May through a panel discussion at its annual industry conference NITEC19. To learn more, or attend, visit the conference site.