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.
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.
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.
The topic of IT portfolio management as an essential component to an agency’s ability to meet agency mission while mitigating costs, came up frequently in the presentations delivered at Digital Government Institute’s (DGI) Enterprise Architecture conference in late April. As a follow on, DGI is now hosting a webinar on June 23rd focused on EA and IT Portfolio Management, titled, “Fueling Transformational Success through IT Portfolio Management & Enterprise Architecture.
Government agencies are investing heavily in learning about how to become more agile and efficient in order to mitigate business costs while continuing to deliver on the mission. Although many agency leaders have focused on technology, agency leaders who are true change agents, understand that technology forms only part of the equation and know that people and processes are integral to success.
Each year GovLoop releases an updated guide to big data as data centers and solutions become a more entrenched aspect of best business practices for the government sector. The focus of the magazine has been and continues to be big data and how government agencies can more effectively implement efficient, streamlined data storage and aggregation.
Earlier this month Chris Borneman, Vice President of Software AG Government Solutions, shared with FCW readers his tips for preparing for big changes that will occur in data centers in as little as five years. His article focuses on how we can be more efficient as well as cost effective as we also prepare for these pivotal changes within IT in the coming years.
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.