At the beginning of each year there are a good many quips about how the future is finally here. Yet, despite the fact that it is 2016, most government agencies still have a fair ways to go when it comes to modernizing their IT systems so that they can deliver more services to more citizens more quickly. Chris Steel, Chief Solutions Architect at Software AG Government Solutions, shared in a recent article in NextGov that he is confident that many government agencies will focus “on finding the necessary IT capabilities for ‘faster’ transformation [this year] as they realize their existing IT models are not capable of fully supporting their mission.”
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.
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.
While physical weapon stores can remain relevant for multiple decades, cyber defense weapons have a much shorter shelf life. Combine that with the unrelenting cyber attacks against military infrastructure, and its obvious that focus on cyber-security is paramount to effective mission fulfillment for military commands.
There have been many events to mark National Cyber Security Awareness Month, from Twitter chats to Two Factor Tuesday. One event that stands out for information security leaders in the federal government was a conversation between Ann Barron-DiCamillo, Director, US-CERT Department of Homeland Security; Bill Lay, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of State; Dr. Ron Ross, Fellow, NIST; and Fed News Radio’s Jason Miller. The conversation, which started with a question about whether there was any difference between cyber security and data security, developed into an insightful prescription for how to keep driving the momentum agencies achieved this summer during the OMB’s 30 Day Sprint.
Did you know that last August a single rogue Android app took down the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency’s (NOAA) national digital forecast system?
As a result of EA’s mercurial nature, stress can exist for CIOs and agency IT leaders. Paula Ziehr, Reality Check contributor, suggests in regard to EA: “Just breathe…that is my advice when you are feeling the pressures … Just breathe – and start planning. That old adage ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’ has never rung so true.” Ziehr stresses throughout “Enterprise Architecture: Just Breathe and Find the Time to Plan” the importance of planning and remaining calm throughout the EA development process.