AFFIRM Panel: Kirit Amin’s Concepts Continue To Have Positive Influence In Government Business Models

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I just read a review of a a 13 March session of the Association for Federal Information Resources Management (see AFFIRM). AFFIRM is a non-profit collective seeking to improve the management of information and related systems in the federal government. Lord knows we need AFFIRM now! The panel of 13 March was part of their […]

Delphix: Virtualize applications and databases to save billions of dollars and hundreds of work hours

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Applications are core to the enterprise; they drive nearly every aspect of the business. The typical F1000 CIO completed 46 application projects in 2013, and on average, 28 of these 46 projects were over budget and behind schedule. That CIO also spends an average of 40% of her annual budget on applications. To address this, […]

Efficient IT Modernization Strategies Summit 21 Nov 2013

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Federal Computer Weekly, Government Computing News and SoftwareAG have crafted an event I believe every enterprise technologist in government should be tracking. It is the 21 November 2013 Efficient IT Modernization Strategies Summit, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington. If you work in IT security, design, or strategy, or if you are […]

What does NGEN Stand For?: Not Getting Easier GOODGRIEF!!

Today the Navy announced that they had relieved the O6 in charge of the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) acquisition program.  When I read the news, I thought that FINALLY someone was going to be held accountable for the years of delays and the millions of dollars wasted on this mess.  But no… it appears that […]

PortfolioStat: Rigorous program reviews similar to system integrator best practices

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Systems Integrators must put quality first or they will fail. Every integrator I know has processes in place to ensure program success. The best include rigorous reviews early in program life to help program managers succeed. Rigorous review processes check program documentation, personnel training, schedules, budgets, risks, and overall plans. Reviews also include input from […]

Innovate, Deliver, Protect and Analyze, the Path to Ideal IT

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Steven VanRoekel gave an excellent keynote on Wednesday at the FOSE conference. Mr VanRoekel is a former Microsoft executive who has been in the Federal Government since 2009. He outlined the steps that he is pushing as the Federal CIO to improve IT throughout the government. He highlighted the pervasiveness of mobile technology, and how […]