“IT transformation isn’t a monolithic, multiyear project, but a consistent effort taking the form of a series of relatively small strategic efforts that produce true, measurable ROI in the first year,” Bill Lochten, National Vice President at Software AG Government Solutions, shared with ModernGOV recently. He said that in viewing transformation as a process, rather than an event, the fear factor is removed and the two key players in the agency – business and IT – can focus on goals and outcomes, rather than the costs of a project.
While cyber security is doing more with less, IT modernization and the importance of public-private partnerships all continue to be important topics for government IT leaders, a new discussion point in these initiatives is quickly gaining ground – the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT). Even at the recent AFCEA Homeland Security Conference, the Internet of Things was a topic raised by several panels. Increasingly, IT leaders are agreeing that this innovative concept is poised to offer both opportunities and challenges to all agencies, from those charged with protecting the homeland to those whose missions involve serving citizens in other equally-important ways.
The ModernGOV IT Summit is April 1st; have you registered yet?
Set to deliver interactive strategic discussions on the biggest IT transformation challenges facing government leaders today, the panels at the ModernGOV summit will bring together visionaries and leading technologists from both civilian and military agencies to develop proactive strategies for business process analytics, real-time integration, and cost-effective IT alignment with agency mission, to name a few of the summit’s agenda goals.
A couple of weeks ago we sat down with Bill Lochten, National Vice President at Software AG Government Solutions to talk about the importance of building strong ties between IT and business to ensure mission success. In Lochten’s opinion if these two groups within an agency are not working hand-in-hand with one another, there’s likely to be a great deal of frustration, resulting in lost opportunities to work more efficiently both in terms of output and budget. One of the areas where this is most apparent is when agencies are taking on transformation projects because the consequences of failure are so very high. To be blunt, under today’s stressed budgets, a failure of a ‘project’, can no longer just be absorbed, it translates into cuts in other areas that undoubtedly impact mission success or readiness.
CIOs from across the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shared their insights on recent IT initiatives, cyber security and other issues at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington, DC. Panelists included Charles Armstrong, Assistant Commissioner and CIO, Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment (ISE); Stephen Rice, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Information Technology, Transportation Security Administration (TSA); Adrian Gardner, CIO, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Joseph Klimavicz, CIO, Department of Justice (DOJ) and Luke McCormack, CIO, DHS.
On Wednesday April 1st, FCW will present the ModernGov Summit, a focused, interactive one day conference for “Strategies for Leading Agency IT Transformation.” Hosted at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., the summit offers a one-day professional networking and educational opportunity for public sector IT professionals seeking direction and insight into the ever-changing and evolving IT landscape. As IT continues to transform current infrastructure in order to better support their agency’s mission, it is paramount that the community share best practices and lessons learned in determining the most efficient path to updating legacy systems and integrating them with modern applications.
One of the items that should always be top of mind for government IT leaders is what happens when the lights go out? While it might not always be a power outage that causes systems to go dark, ensuring continuity of operations during periods of stress is critical for all government agencies investing in in-memory technologies.
We recently covered an event that embodies a key tenet of Software AG Government Solutions’ core beliefs about government IT procurement: the importance of “try before you buy.” To gain more insight on this philosophy and why it’s so important for government agencies, we had a chance to sit down with Tod Weber, chairman and CEO of Software AG Government Solutions.