Enterprise Integration (EI) is an inherently complex undertaking that tends to have a fairly high failure rate. Integration needs are difficult to predict and solve because there are multiple system silos with their own project plans that span several release cycles to manage. Keeping track of these multiple silos makes it difficult to determine and eliminate redundancies and track system interdependencies. With so many cogs in the integration wheel, it’s challenging for agency IT leaders to embrace EI. So how can we simplify integration processes to help CIOs leverage the benefits? It all starts with the how of EI.
Government CIOs are under a tremendous amount of pressure to address the issue of aging IT infrastructure and the impediments it introduces to meeting the mission. Between choosing whether to continue to upgrade legacy systems or to invest in new infrastructure, the pressure is on to make decisions that are timely, budget-friendly, and that will also ensure mission success.
Avi Bender, Chief Technology Officer at the Census Bureau, is on the leading edge of a monumental revolution in the federal government. He’s already a pioneer in digital government, but with the 2020 Census just around the corner, he’s looking to invest in an infrastructure that will not only support the processing and analysis of data, but enable it to become a jewel in the crown of the federal government’s open data mandate. In fact, The Census Bureau’s Lisa Blumerman, said recently that “[we]’re bringing the decennial census into the 21st century…This census is going to be like no other census.”
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.
We wanted to take a moment to wish all our readers a very happy holiday from the ModernGOV editorial team and everyone at Software AG Government Solutions. We hope your season is filled with joy, peace, family and fun.
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.
Rest assured our break will be short – ModernGOV will be back next week with more new content. Until then, have a happy holiday celebration.
Last month, some of the brightest minds in the IT business got together at the Adobe Coldfusion Summit to exchange ideas and best practices on how to successfully deliver web applications to market. One of the defining themes of this year’s summit was how best to address issues of speed and scalability – the two most common complaints for both web application developers and end users.