IN THIS ISSUE
September, 2015
Tuesday, September, 1, 2015 | Reed Racette
IT Capital Planning – Why Are We Doing It?
Tags: Capital Planning, Information technology
It’s that time of year again – Information Technology (IT) Capital Planning time. Time to figure out your agency IT priorities, your investment requirements, and how much everything is going to cost two years from now. Dust off your crystal ball because the IT Portfolio Summaries (ITPS) and Major IT Business Cases (MITBCs) are due. The what?
Tuesday, September, 1, 2015 | Michael Murray
Bringing Dev and Ops Together
Tags: DevOps
There are differing opinions on what constitutes DevOps, but most descriptions of DevOps include encouraging greater collaboration between software developers and operations staff and using some form of automation to better integrate their activities. Automation is the key to realizing faster deployments, which means faster feedback to the development team. This makes everyone’s work easier and less error-prone in the long run. However, it requires trust on the part of the operations team because otherwise they will not allow potentially destructive scripts to be run in the production environment. The most effective way to gain someone’s trust is to work side-by-side.
Tuesday, September, 1, 2015 | Jaroslaw Podsiadlo
Windows 10 – Will Enterprise Get On Board?
Tags: Microsoft, Windows
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Microsoft introduced an operating system (OS) that would change the world. Enterprise industries, as well as the rest of society, ran computers using the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. Eight years later, the “winds of change” blew, and the new Vista came on the horizon. However, mostly because of persistent issues, it did not convince anyone to leave good old XP behind. Then, almost immediately after, Windows 7 came out and, after initial minor issues, the world was finally convinced to get onboard. Nevertheless, all that was still not enough. Microsoft envisioned something better and far more “game changing.”
Tuesday, September, 1, 2015 | Mark Lefcowitz
Managing and Leading: What’s the Difference? Why Is It Important? How Do We Make It Better?
Tags: Management, Leadership
According to both the 2014 edition of The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey (The Conference Board, 2014) and a Nielsen mail survey of 5,000 households (Adams, 2014), approximately half of US workers are satisfied with their jobs. These percentages are also reflected within the Federal sector.
Tuesday, September, 1, 2015 | Leslie Turner
Virtual Agile Scrum Teams: How to Make Them Work
Tags: Agile, Co-Location
Several defining characteristics of Agile software development are iterative and incremental delivery; continuous improvement; collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams; and rapid and flexible response to change. There is a common denominator within these Agile tenets that emphasizes the need for frequent communication to facilitate the exchange of ideas. Indeed, a principle of the Agile Manifesto states, “the most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face to face communication.” For face-to-face communication to be effective, the co-location of Agile development teams is strongly encouraged.
Tuesday, September, 1, 2015 | D. D’Ambrosio
Delivering on the Promise of Net-Centric Warfare
Tags: Communications
A small team of SpecOps operators egress from their lookout positions, fanning out to pre-planned points around the enemy compound in a remote, hostile nation. Back at command headquarters at McDill, an officer and his staff watch live HD video feeds from each soldier’s helmet, while tracking individual positions on a live map and monitoring health vital signs of each operator. Suddenly, the real-time HD full-motion video feed from the MQ-1C Grey Eagle orbiting overhead shows their high-value target unexpectedly detouring in an attempt to flee. The headquarters team track the target’s every move and immediately communicates to the boots on the ground his whereabouts and projected path. This is a technique called net-centric warfare.
Tuesday, September, 1, 2015 | Chris Niedermayer
Leveraging Process Innovation to Improve Efficiency
Tags: FITARA, IT Management
Recent developments in more efficient methods to host agency mission and administrative applications – such as cloud hosting services, Software-as-a Service (SaaS), or shared services – continue to dominate today’s media and conference topics. Many agencies are jumping on this popular bandwagon or other “new” methods to solve old problems and reduce costs. Unfortunately, the often more difficult work of improving the overall information technology (IT) investment decision-making process remains disjointed in many federal organizations. However, if done properly, aligning the components of this central management function can provide significant, long-term cost avoidance or savings. Alignment also provides a proven path for getting the maximum value from implementing the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA).