Open Data is the concept that data should be available for use and distribution by anyone. In many cases an open data model enables speed and flexibility within the devops community. That speed is then passed along to other organizational areas, allowing government IT to move at the speed required by today’s business world. However, choosing to embrace open data and the choice it offers can be perplexing. Incorporating an API Management system to manage, protect and monitor data exchange is the best path for agency IT leaders to embark on in order to alleviate concerns over open data.
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?
Cybersecurity is a high-profile issue both in and out of the government sectors, as evidenced by the Sony breach and President Obama’s focus on cybersecurity in his recent State of the Union address, to name just a few examples. It was therefore fitting that the topic of a recent Federal Executive Forum focused on cybersecurity in government, profiling successful cyber programs and focusing on the current and future state of cyber.
On January 20, Software AG Government Solutions sponsored an Association for Enterprise Information event, Air Force Bending the Cost Curve: PlugFest PLUS (PFP) at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. PFP is an innovative approach by the Air Force to leverage the Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Information Technology (IT) marketplace to help evolve fundamentally improved acquisition processes for rapid evolutionary development of open standards-based information systems.
Last month, Software AG Government Solutions’ Chris Steel shared with readers of Information Week five practical tips to help government IT leaders drive modernization projects in the new year.
As 2014 draws to a close and the chaos and excitement of the holiday season permeates both our personal and work lives, we’ll be offering tips on how to better align your mission with your business processes in order to streamline complexity and help agencies maximize their IT investments. In both, the private and public sectors, organizations have to do more with less. Driving efficiency into an agency’s mission approach requires continuous improvement and realignment in the business model, operations and processes. It’s certainly not easy but focusing on analyzing processes within your enterprise applications can improve operations in dramatic and easily measured ways.
In an effort to decrease IT costs, increasingly, agencies are seeking to migrate mainframe applications to open systems and cloud-based platforms. Mainframes are traditionally licensed by the MIPS (million instructions per second) which is a measurement of how much the mainframe is used for processing. So, essentially the more an agency uses the mainframe, the more they pay.
Recently, Software AG Government Solutions Chief Solutions Architect, Chris Steel, was part of a panel discussion about data center consolidation in government on Federal News Radio. Other panelists included Mike Krieger, Deputy CIO, US Army; Ed Dorris, CIO, OCC/Department of Treasury; Mary Givvines, Deputy Director for Office of Information Services, NRC; Vaughn Stewart, Chief Technical Evangelist, Pure Storage and Tony Evans, Director, Worldwide Defense Systems, Schneider Electric. The panel was moderated by Jim Flyzik of the Flyzik Group.
ModernGov recently spoke with Michael Ho, Vice President for Software AG Government Solutions, about the key issues facing government agencies when it comes to handling, analyzing, and correlating data they collect from innumerable sources. That data collection and storage has exploded over the past few years, and, in fact, 90 percent of the data on the Internet today was created in the past two years. We generate over a billion gigabytes of data every day on the Internet alone.