Army Issues RFI for Enterprise Application Modernization and Migration to Cloud – MeriTalk

In a Request for Information (RFI), the U.S. military said it needs a contract vehicle or company-wide agreement to modernize and migrate military applications and data. army to commercial cloud environments.

The Army has stated that the vast majority of its applications will need to migrate to cARMY, which is the Army’s enterprise cloud environment currently managed by the Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA) and Office of the Bureau. Chief Information Officer (OCIO) Enterprise Cloud Management Agency (ECMA). However, RFI explains that before migrating to cARMY, applications must be modernized using Cloud Native Design principles. This will allow the military to “enjoy all the benefits of the commercial cloud”.

ECMA identifies four objectives in RFI:

  • Assess applications;
  • Modernization and migration of applications to commercial/cARMY cloud;
  • Operation, maintenance and continuous improvement of applications; and
  • Training

In expanding on the four objectives, ECMA said the prospective contractor will perform in-depth application assessments and modernize and migrate applications to DoD-authorized commercial cloud environments of Impact Levels 2, 4, 5, and 6. Application assessments are intended to enable the military to make “an intelligent business decision as to whether and how to refactor, reformat, recode, or replace each application to best meet mission requirements.”

Once the military uses the application assessment to determine its path forward, the contractor will be responsible for modernizing and migrating applications to the cloud. RFI noted that the contractor should assume that the military will modernize and migrate 50 to 150 applications per year. ECMA also said the scope of this effort also includes optional capabilities to operate and continually improve Army applications once they migrate to the cloud.

The RFI provides few details on what the eventual contract will look like, but asks interested parties for their preferred type of contract (e.g. firm price, time and materials, etc.) and the rationale for each type.