Federal government agencies face all kinds of challenges when leveraging IT to drive mission success. From legacy systems that consume a disproportionate amount of the operating budget to architecture that can no longer adapt to modern requirements, these types of obstacles quickly undermine efficiency, performance, and success. One of the most often cited, yet easiest, way to overcome challenges is integration. By keeping six key integration trends in mind, you can plan to poise your agency for long-term mission success.
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.”
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.