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.”
There’s a perception by some inside the Beltway that you can’t achieve true IT innovation in government agencies, and there’s a great deal of pressure on agency leaders to adopt a “private sector mindset.” Despite these assumptions, there are many leaders within government IT who have taken it upon themselves to be the trendsetters- to be the change agents. While some may tout government IT innovation as an oxymoron, many of these innovators have sought to define modernization and agility by implementing cutting edge programs and adopting technologies before the masses.