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VA pushing mobile apps to the cloud

The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to move more of its mobile infrastructure to the cloud.

To improve veterans' access to VA mobile applications, the department plans to move 20 to 30 mobile responsive web applications and their supporting databases and services to the VA Enterprise Cloud, according to a Aug. 3 request for proposals.

The Mobile Application Cloud Migration would replace the VA's current mobile infrastructure that supports management of major applications across two internal enclaves and one external cloud environment.  MACM would feature development, staging and production environments and be hosted in the Amazon Web Services GovCloud.

The contractor would be responsible for the MACM platform development and application migration, mobile environment support, operations and maintenance support of all VA MACM cloud environments, security, engineering technical support, configuration management and helpdesk support.

The VA's goal is to use an agile continuous integration/continuous deployment system to migrate the apps to the new environment.  Both development of the mobile cloud platform and migration of apps will take place in 13 iterative two-week sprints.

On July 27, VA recently released an RFI for its Lighthouse application programming interface management platform, which the department envisions will power all VA's digital services.  Earlier that month, it issued an RFI for cloud-based artificial intelligence solutions to give veterans, caregivers and survivors better access to health care and benefits information.

Responses to the MACM RFP are due Aug. 17.

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