Bringing Government IT Modernization and Innovation to the Forefront

Application Portfolio Management: A Necessity for Government IT Modernization

shutterstock_167192828There is strong buzz around a recent i360Gov press announcement titled,” Portfolio Management Survey Underscores Need for Greater Awareness.” The release highlights new data points from its recent 2015 ProofPoints survey on Application Portfolio Management (APM) within the Federal government. The survey results illustrate that while government IT is packed with innovation and change agents, there is much more to be done. In the survey, over 100 federal government executives weighed in on various elements of government IT decision making, with APM and its need for transparency and understanding at the forefront.

Department of Veterans Affairs IT Chief Shares Value of FITARA

shutterstock_111435890 (1)The summer of 2015, might just become known as the Summer of FITARA. Widely regarded as the most comprehensive overhaul of Government IT since the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) brings the role of the CIO to the forefront of technology reform. Signed into law in December 2014, the IT reform agenda puts agency CIOs squarely in the driver’s seat when it comes to governing programming, budgeting, decision-making, and acquisition initiatives.

Cyber Security and the Internet of Things

internet_of_thingsOne of the common jokes about the Internet of Things (IoT) is how your refrigerator might one day hack your house and run off with the contents of your bank account. While the scenario may seem absurd, it might also not be too far from the truth. As more and more devices connect to the Internet, innocuous endpoints – like refrigerators, washing machines, and televisions, are likely to be the gateways to valuable data opening the way for cyber attacks that we’ve only just begun to imagine.

Enterprise Architecture and IT Transparency: The Path to IT Transformation

shutterstock_208780033Government IT has been humming with valiant efforts to embrace modernization in order to increase efficiency and improve upon fulfilling agency mission. Yet, without a well-organized and transparent IT portfolio and a focus on Enterprise Architecture (EA), missions run the risk of falling flat with innovation puttering out as transformation efforts get lost in the noise.

The Coming Data Storms: Is Your Agency Ready?

Data center consolidationIt seems odd to think about blizzards in July as the summer heat takes its toll on Washington. Yet, for most government IT leaders, the blizzard they’re thinking about isn’t the next Snowpocalypse, but the data blizzard that’s hitting them as more data is collected from citizens, from Internet-connected devices, and from agency activities. At the most basic level, most agencies are equipped to deal with an inundation of data through their ability to store petabytes of data on premise or in the cloud.


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