NESDIS was actively planning to transform from a system-centric organization to a product and service-centric organization by migrating toward a cloud-enabled NESDIS Ground Enterprise (NGE). The NGE includes all IT systems used for data ingest, processing, storage, and dissemination across all NESDIS Offices and Programs. NESDIS was seeking specialized Subject Matter Experts (SME) to advise, assess, evaluate, and recommend innovative technologies, solutions, and practices for the proposed transformation. These SMEs are highly experienced and knowledgeable about cloud-native services provided by Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure, as well as NOAA/NESDIS services and systems to provide critical technical feedback and recommendations. Based on NESDIS’ pilot program, GAMA-1 understood that to provide secure and timely access to global environmental data and information from satellites and other sources to anyone in any place (authorized users) while protecting the Nation’s security, environment, economy, and quality of life, NESDIS needed to transform from the system-specific, stovepipe architecture into a service-centric enterprise. We acknowledged that changing the culture is NESDIS’ primary challenge during its transformation efforts.
GAMA-1 has been instrumental in providing technical expertise for the Subject Matter Expertise for Cloud Development and Innovative Initiatives (SCDII) contract with a focus on cloud technology. The main endeavor under this contract was supporting the NESDIS Consolidated Cloud Framework (NCCF), a robust, data-agnostic, microservice-based framework designed to meet a variety of scientific processing and product generation requirements.
The collaboration between GAMA-1 and NOAA has led to a more agile, secure, and efficient cloud-based framework that significantly enhances NOAA’s ability to manage environmental data. The NCCF now stands as a testament to GAMA-1’s technical prowess and commitment to advancing cloud technology in government operations.