Integration remains top of mind for those working in government IT. At the same time, we are becoming more connected each day, and people expect to have the same level of automation, integration and resulting speed on work devices that they have on personal hand-held devices.
With the continued focus on enterprise architecture, there has also been increased focus on service oriented architectures and microservices. The persistent emphasis has led to the heightened debate surrounding whether or not SOA and microservices are the same thing.
Infoworld recently shared that cloud has modernized the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) of ten years ago, making it even faster and more efficient than before. Add the increased speed to the benefits that we are already aware of in adopting an SOA, and it is evident that to remain at the forefront of government IT modernization, you must understand SOA and its value.
In a recent Reality Check article, Software AG’s Paula Ziehr offers some candid thoughts on the acceptability of failure in enterprise-level IT. According to Ziehr, billions of dollars are being thrown away each year on failed IT projects. Ziehr discusses the idea that failure is an expected and accepted part of the culture in IT departments but argues that this shouldn’t be the case. For Ziehr, planning and vetting projects against their architecture landscape to identify potential sources of project failure would certainly reduce the opportunities to fail.
Despite FITARA’s one-year anniversary, the law continues to present challenges for Chief Information Officers (CIO) and their agencies. To that end, FCW hosted an executive roundtable in early December to discuss the one-year anniversary of the enactment. Similarly, an additional benefit to the roundtable is the much needed CIO perspective on the practical realities of the law and its implementation.
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Our thanks go out to America’s public sector employees, wherever they may be this holiday season. We are incredibly thankful for your efforts, and look forward to providing you with more strategies for managing data and putting it to work to help your agency meet its mission.
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McKinney, the CIO at the U.S. Department of Transportation, told an audience at the MeriTalk FITARA Forum in December that the law will help him provide a real cost-benefit analysis when assessing the potential impact of an IT procurement.