FedTech - Technology Solutions That Drive Government https://fedtechmagazine.com/rss.xml en GITEC 2018: IT Modernization Plows Ahead Amid Complex Challenges https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/GITEC-2018-IT-Modernization-Plows-Ahead-Amid-Complex-Challenges <span>GITEC 2018: IT Modernization Plows Ahead Amid Complex Challenges</span> <img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/FedTech-AFCEAGTEC2.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="Jack Wilmer, senior policy adviser for cybersecurity and IT modernization in White House Office of Science and Technology Policy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/24/2018 - 11:12</span> <div><p>The “massive and complex” process of <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/how-your-agency-should-think-about-legacy-system-modernization-perfcon" target="_blank">modernizing government IT</a> is much <strong>like untangling spaghett</strong>i, with new equipment enmeshed with legacy equipment and not easily unsnarled, a senior White House official said.</p> <p>“We can’t take the current principles that we have and the current approach that we have and expect any different results than we’ve had over the last 20 years,” said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackwilmer" target="_blank">Jack Wilmer</a>, senior policy adviser for cybersecurity and IT modernization in White House <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/" ping="/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;rct=j&amp;url=https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjt0JXxmtPaAhURMd8KHQLkCQkQFggqMAA" target="_blank">Office of Science and Technology Policy</a>. “<strong>How do we jump-start the efforts that have already been going on?</strong> What are some things we can do to make it faster and, frankly, more effective?”</p> <p>Wilmer was among the top government officials speaking at <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/gitec-summit-2018" target="_blank">the GITEC Summit 2018</a> in Annapolis, Md., on April 24 who addressed topics <strong>ranging from modernization and acquisition to cybersecurity</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP:</strong> Get more news from the <em>FedTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>IT Modernization Moves Along on Multiple Fronts</h2> <p>The White House has issued a series of <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2017/12/white-house-releases-final-it-modernization-report" target="_blank">reports</a>, memos and <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2017/05/trump-signs-cybersecurity-executive-order" target="_blank">executive orders</a> over the past year providing guidelines on how the government should modernize IT and streamline management.</p> <p>“A lot of really, really good work has already been done,” Wilmer said. “How do we take some of these things that were really good accomplishments and accelerate it,<strong> move it to the next level</strong> … and at the same time, how do we do a better job of providing for the people we’re supposed to serve?”</p> <p>Among the projects already under way is the <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/era-federal-it-modernization-about-finally-begin" target="_blank">Technology Modernization Fund</a>, a <strong>$100 million</strong> <a href="https://www.fedscoop.com/tech-modernization-funds-310m-enough-gsa-chief-says/" target="_blank">pool of money</a> for agencies to fund modernization projects; two pilot programs looking at ways to upgrade the <a href="https://fcw.com/articles/2018/03/30/cloud-tic-troubles-johnson.aspx" target="_blank">Trusted Internet Connections</a> initiative, which standardizes network security across the government; and the much-touted <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/usda-kicks-it-modernization-centers-excellence">Centers of Excellence project</a>, the first phase of which is expected to be finished this summer.</p> <p>The Agriculture Department is the first agency to be part of the<strong> Centers of Excellence program</strong>, and its accomplishments will provide concrete examples for other agencies trying to modernize, Wilmer said. The CoE “is not there to migrate agencies; that’s the agency’s responsibility.”</p> <p>But it’s a big responsibility, and <strong>one with costs in both time and money</strong>, he said. “There’s so many other systems that are intertwined, and it’s kind of like spaghetti,” he said. “If you’re an agency that’s staring at a system that’s working, that may not be optimal but there’s enough of a workforce to keep it running and it’s doing its job, there’s a lot of risk, frankly, in modernization.”</p> <h2>Agencies Must Get Around IT Funding Challenges </h2> <p>And then there’s the funding issue: There isn’t enough. Some agencies are taking new approaches to finding modern equipment. Officials from <a href="https://www.dhs.gov/organization/ocio-office-chief-information-officer" target="_blank">the Department of Homeland Security’s CIO office</a> will be traveling to Silicon Valley next week to “see what we can leverage,” said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/bawest/" target="_blank">Barry West</a>, the senior accountable official for risk management at DHS.</p> <p>With federal research and development funding near zero for the agency and its components, <strong>working with private tech firms may be the best way to introduce new, cutting-edge technology</strong> to the department, he said: “We have to see if we can get some of these things jump-started.”</p> <p>DHS is already working toward goals set by last year’s executive order calling for reorganizing government to become more efficient and effective: the Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Transportation Security Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are now compliant with <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft/windows-10.html" target="_blank">Windows 10</a>.</p> <p>“A lot of our components have moved out ahead of us at headquarters,” he said.</p> <p>This year, DHS plans to <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2017/12/coming-2018-streamlined-cybersecurity-more-cloud-migrations-agencies">cut back on security operations centers</a>; it currently has 16. “It won’t be 16, it won’t be one, but it will be a reasonable number that we can work with,” West said.<strong> “There will be a lot of movement in the next 12 months.”</strong></p> <h2>VA Pushes on EHR Modernization</h2> <p>Personnel problems can also hamper modernization efforts, but the former acting CIO of the <a href="https://www.va.gov/" target="_blank">Veterans Affairs Department</a>, Scott Blackburn, <a href="https://www.fedscoop.com/acting-va-cio-scott-blackburn-resigns/" target="_blank">who resigned on April 17</a>, said that the plan to adopt a new <strong>$10 billion</strong> <a href="https://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2018/03/shulkins-firing-leaves-16b-effort-merge-dodva-health-records-air/147071/" target="_blank">electronic health records system</a> shouldn’t be affected by his departure or that of VA Secretary <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/us/politics/david-shulkin-veterans-affairs-trump.html" target="_blank">Dr. David Shulkin on March 28</a>.</p> <p><strong>“The plan is still to move forward,”</strong> Blackburn said. “It’s basically at the goal line. They’re taking a little bit of a pause, but I’m looking forward to seeing that contract signed in a couple of months.”</p> <p>For our all of our articles from the conference, check out <em>FedTech</em>’s coverage of the GITEC Summit 2018 <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/gitec-summit-2018" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25506</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Federal</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Original</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>True</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Related Articles</div> <div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a 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That’s the unequivocal opinion of the Agriculture Department’s <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/cfsheridan/" target="_blank">Chad Sheridan</a>.</p> <p>Sheridan, speaking on a panel about cloud and shared services at <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/gitec-summit-2018" target="_blank">GITEC Summit 2018</a> in Annapolis, Md., on April 23, said that agencies that run data centers essentially become utility providers to ensure that the data center stays up and running — and that work only gets noticed if the data center’s operations are interrupted.</p> <p>Sounding themes he has been <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/usdas-sheridan-cloud-way-out-infrastructure-death-spiral">expounding on in the federal IT community</a>, Sheridan said, “If I am spending all my time making sure something works, then <strong>I’m not spending my time building services for farmers and ranchers around this country</strong>,” said Sheridan, the CIO of USDA’s <a href="https://www.rma.usda.gov/" target="_blank">Risk Management Agency</a> (though Sheridan noted that with the agency’s reorganization, he is now an IT director for USDA’s <a href="https://www.usda.gov/our-agency/about-usda/mission-areas" target="_blank">farm production and conservation mission area</a>).</p> <p>Sheridan and other panelists noted that the cloud allows agencies to<strong> gain efficiencies, cut costs and spend more time focused on their core missions</strong> and less on “utility-value” services.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP:</strong> Get more news from the <em>FedTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>How the Cloud Helps Agencies Gain Efficiencies</h2> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/edward-woody-davis-jr-8764017/" target="_blank">Edward Davis</a>, deputy CIO of the <a href="https://www.nationalservice.gov/about" target="_blank">Corporation for National and Community Service</a> (which is the parent agency for <a href="https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps" target="_blank">AmeriCorps</a>), said on the panel that the agency worked with its vendor partners and determined that it was spending too much on core IT services.</p> <p>So, the CNCS decided to partner with <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft.html" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> for its <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoftazure.html" target="_blank">Azure cloud</a> and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/brands/microsoft/office365.aspx" target="_blank">Office 365</a> suite to gain efficiencies by adopting a Software as a Service model. “It began with our contractors,” Davis said. He advised agencies to write clauses into contracts that encourage vendor partners to help them innovate and stay at the leading edge of technology. <strong>“If you’re not doing that, you’re failing,”</strong> he said.</p> <p>With the cloud, agencies always need to look for opportunities to save money. Agencies rely on their vendor partners to get information on what options are available and what the cost savings might look like, Davis said.</p> <p>The CNCS has a data center of its own, but Davis noted that after he joined the CNCS in November 2014, agency employees reminisced about when the data center wasn’t available for two to three days. “‘Is that real?’” Davis said he asked. “It was. It was very real. People talked about it.”</p> <p>By engaging with “mature” cloud service providers, the agency was able to<strong> “get the cost savings and the downtimes went away,” </strong>Davis said.</p> <p>Cloud-based solutions can not only help agencies save costs by helping them shutter data centers and consume software in SaaS models. The cloud can also help provide shared services for agencies.</p> <p>Robert Wuhrman, enterprise solutions architect at <a href="https://www.gsa.gov/about-us/organization/office-of-governmentwide-policy-overview" target="_blank">the Office of Government-wide Policy</a> in the General Services Administration, noted that there are <strong>118 time and attendance systems that agencies </strong>“have to maintain, update and customize to the extent they feel they need to.” Agencies also have their own unique procurement, human resources and other systems.</p> <p>“What is the opportunity to work with industry for commercial SaaS offerings in a cloud environment” that can be applied to those systems? Wuhrman asked.</p> <p>In December, the GSA issued <a href="https://interact.gsa.gov/sites/default/files/Draft Payroll SaaS RFQ.SOO_.docx" target="_blank">a draft request for quotation</a> for a SaaS solution that includes functionality for payroll and work schedule and leave management, Wuhrman noted. The RFQ says that moving to a SaaS model will allow the government to leverage its scale and “enable agencies to focus resources (human and fiscal) on core mission priorities, which will <strong>reduce costs, significantly improve security posture, increase user experience and service, and better manage budgets</strong>.”</p> <p>The government anticipates streamlining employee time reporting and payroll processing using standard application program interfaces and data schemas to support data exchanges between legacy human resources and financial management systems and the SaaS solutions, the RFQ says.</p> <p>For our all of our articles from the conference, check out <em>FedTech</em>’s coverage of the GITEC Summit 2018 <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/gitec-summit-2018" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25506 </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Cloud</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Federal</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Original</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>True</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div> <div>Related Articles</div> <div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2018/03/usdas-sheridan-cloud-way-out-infrastructure-death-spiral"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201803/FedTech-Cloud-Sheridan.jpg?itok=h3onOfR1" width="124" height="94" alt="USDA&#039;s Chad Sheridan " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/cloud">Cloud</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2018/03/usdas-sheridan-cloud-way-out-infrastructure-death-spiral"><span>USDA’s Sheridan: Cloud Is the Way Out of Infrastructure ‘Death Spiral’</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2018/04/How-to-Break-the-Cultural-Logjam-on-Federal-Cloud-Adoption"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/FedTech-FCW-Cloud.jpg?itok=v9p3uY6S" width="124" height="94" alt="John Everett of the Veterans Affairs Department " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/cloud">Cloud</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2018/04/How-to-Break-the-Cultural-Logjam-on-Federal-Cloud-Adoption"><span>How to Break the Cultural Logjam on Federal Cloud Adoption</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2018/01/want-secure-cloud-deployments-gsas-cloudgov-leader-offers-best-practices"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201801/FedTech--cloudsecurity.jpg?itok=uCXshpjS" width="124" height="94" alt="Abstract cloud database " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/cloud">Cloud</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2018/01/want-secure-cloud-deployments-gsas-cloudgov-leader-offers-best-practices"><span>Want Secure Cloud Deployments? 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Besides keeping up with the latest in technology trends, he is also an avid lover of the New York Yankees, poetry, photography, traveling and escaping humidity.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Performance marketing flag</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 3</div> <div>At #GITECSummit2018, it was clear that many think #FedIT should not be in the #datacenter business and should go to the #cloud.</div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 2</div> <div>Why #cloud needs to be the way forward for #FedIT, via @cfshoo of @USDA, @RobWuhrman of @USGSA and Ed Davis of @NationalService. #GITECSummit2018</div> </div> <div> <div>Shortened Url</div> <div>http://tech.mg/03lQL5</div> </div> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:41:30 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 40711 at https://fedtechmagazine.com GSA Moves to Make Acquisition More Innovative https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/GSA-Moves-to-Make-Acquisition-More-Innovative <span>GSA Moves to Make Acquisition More Innovative</span> <img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/FedTech-GSAAcquistion.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="Remodeled open workspaces inside the General Services Administration headquarters in Washington, D.C." typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/23/2018 - 07:30</span> <div><p>Agencies may want to <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/usda-kicks-it-modernization-centers-excellence">modernize their IT</a>, but they won’t be able to if they can’t actually acquire the latest and greatest commercial technologies in the first place.</p> <p>That’s why the <a href="https://www.gsa.gov/" target="_blank">General Services Administration</a> is aiming to <strong>make the acquisition process for federal agencies more innovative</strong>. Although many of the GSA’s initiatives are in their early stages, the agency is signaling that it wants to streamline acquisition and give agencies easier access to new technologies.</p> <p>The GSA is banking on the <strong>wider adoption of shared services, a new e-commerce portal for acquisition and efforts to identify new technologies</strong> as part of its overall effort to focus on delivering tools that will help agencies modernize and achieve their missions.</p> <p>Kay Ely, the assistant commissioner for the <a href="https://www.gsa.gov/about-us/organization/federal-acquisition-service/office-of-information-technology-category" target="_blank">GSA’s Office of Information Technology Category</a>, said earlier this month at <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/usda-kicks-it-modernization-centers-excellence">FedScoop’s IT Modernization Summit</a> that the agency must<strong> focus on performance-based acquisition practices</strong> that shift away from fixed procurement requirements to an approach that focuses on ultimate objective to promote more collaboration with industry, <a href="https://www.fedscoop.com/ely-says-stars-aligned-modernization/" target="_blank">FedScoop notes</a>.</p> <p>“We really have to get into the business of, ‘Here’s our objective, here’s what we are trying to achieve.’ Start with success in mind; focus on the what, not the how,” she said.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP:</strong> Get more news from the <em>FedTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>GSA Will Turn to Shared Services, Portals to Change Acquisition </h2> <p>How is the GSA going to achieve that objective? GSA Administrator Emily Murphy laid out the agency’s approach last month during an appearance at the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s Acquisition Excellence conference.</p> <p><strong>“Acquisition innovation and technological innovation go hand in hand,” </strong>Murphy said, <a href="https://www.fedscoop.com/3-ways-emily-murphys-gsa-looking-innovate-acquisition/" target="_blank">according to FedScoop</a>. “The priorities that I have outlined — reducing duplication, increasing competition and improving transparency — can be accomplished through several key programs and initiatives that GSA is currently working on. These efforts also directly affect and involve the federal acquisition community.”</p> <p>First, the GSA is going to focus more on shared services. <a href="https://www.performance.gov/PMA/Presidents_Management_Agenda.pdf" target="_blank">The President’s Management Agenda</a> emphasizes shared services, urging agencies to “move to a more secure, agile, and cost-effective infrastructure, much of which will be provided by shared services.” Shared services were also a key element of <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2017/12/white-house-releases-final-it-modernization-report">the White House’s IT modernization report</a>, released in December.</p> <p>In February, <a href="https://www.fedscoop.com/gsa-merges-shared-services-management-councils-new-office/" target="_blank">the GSA merged</a> the Unified Shared Services Management office and the Office of Executive Councils to form the Office of Shared Solutions and Performance Improvement. The GSA bills the new office as “<strong>the first ever government-wide management and oversight operating model </strong>for mission support functions including financial management, human resources, acquisitions, grants and <strong>information technology</strong>.”</p> <p>Murphy said the GSA is working off of a 10-year plan to build the shared service approach with the new office. “The 10-year plan starts with doing an assessment of what the current standards are for services at each agency. So making sure we all agree on what it is we are trying to buy,” she said, according to FedScoop.</p> <p>The GSA wants to create<strong> “transition fee structures” to ensure agencies aren’t locked into contracts</strong>, FedScoop reports. The GSA is also exploring whether shared services could apply to different areas identified by the Office of Management and Budget, ranging from payroll services to a contract writing system, Murphy said.</p> <p>Meanwhile, in March, the GSA and the OMB <a href="https://www.gsa.gov/about-us/newsroom/news-releases/gsa-and-omb-finalize-joint-implementation-plan-for-commercial-ecommerce-portal-program" target="_blank">issued an implementation plan</a> to establish a program that would allow agencies to procure commercial products directly through commercial e-commerce portals.</p> <p>The GSA and the OMB are <strong>recommending four legislative changes to help the process</strong>. They include increasing the micro-purchase threshold to $25,000 to facilitate easy product comparisons to simplify purchases made under the program; empowering the GSA to develop modernized competition requirements for the program; authorizing the GSA to take advantage of contractual arrangements that maximize efficiency for buyers, portal providers and sellers; and clarifying and broadening the definition of “commercial e-commerce portals” to take advantage of current and future business models.</p> <p>The idea is to <strong>make the GSA a “portal of portals” t</strong>hat can locate the best price across e-commerce providers. “Instead of having six or seven different commercial portals available and making it the job of the contracting officer or ordering officials to figure out which portal they are going to use, could we create almost like a Kayak-like experience where you go, look for one item and it would pull from all the various different portals,” Murphy said, according to FedScoop.</p> <p>Finally, the GSA has been <strong>talking with the Small Business Administration</strong> about ways to manage Phase 3 awards for its <a href="https://www.sbir.gov/about" target="_blank">Small Business Innovation Research program</a>, which identifies new innovations through research and development grants. The program offers three tiers of R&amp;D funding for new technologies, FedScoop reports, but Murphy said the GSA could aid the SBA in the latter stages, when those technologies are close to market.</p> <p>“That might be a really good sweet spot for GSA,” she said. “Because by the time the product is in Phase 3 of the [SBIR] program, it’s hit a commercialization point. So, it’s something that GSA has had experience with and gives us a pipeline to bring innovative technologies into our contract vehicles, as well as assisting agencies in getting their products and services quickly.”</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25506 </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Federal</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>True</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/GSA-Moves-to-Make-Acquisition-More-Innovative" data-title="This is how @USGSA wants to pull FedIT #IT acquisition into the future." data-via="FedTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-counter="true" data-url="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/GSA-Moves-to-Make-Acquisition-More-Innovative" data-title="This is how @USGSA wants to pull FedIT #IT acquisition into the future." data-via="FedTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Ffedtechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3Fcm_mmc%3DVanity-_-Publications-_-Menu-_-All%26n-state%3Dhttps%253A%2Fsecure-live-adobe.webcollage.net%2F_wc%2Fshowcase%2Fcl%2Fcreative-cloud.html%7E%7E%7EG%2521000A724162DC%2521WRXkfwkgDpZb12NH%7E%7E%7E%7E%2540https%253A%2Fsecure-live-adobe.webcollage.net%2Fserver%2Fcdw%2Fadobe-showcase-secure" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/GSA-Moves-to-Make-Acquisition-More-Innovative" data-title="This is how @USGSA wants to pull FedIT #IT acquisition into the future." data-via="FedTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Apr</span> <span>23</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/phil-goldstein"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/CoMfravQ_400x400.jpg?itok=W9IAwS8L" width="58" height="58" alt="Phil Goldstein" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/phil-goldstein"> <div>Phil Goldstein</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=philgoldstein&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Phil Goldstein is a web editor for <em>FedTech</em> and <em>BizTech</em>. Besides keeping up with the latest in technology trends, he is also an avid lover of the New York Yankees, poetry, photography, traveling and escaping humidity.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Performance marketing flag</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 3</div> <div>How the @USGSA plans to bring FedIT #IT acquisition into the 21st century. #GovIT </div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 2</div> <div>How @USGSA plans to make #FedIT #IT acquisition more streamlined. #GovIT</div> </div> <div> <div>Shortened Url</div> <div>http://tech.mg/ITmnOf</div> </div> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:30:37 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 40706 at https://fedtechmagazine.com How to Break the Cultural Logjam on Federal Cloud Adoption https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/How-to-Break-the-Cultural-Logjam-on-Federal-Cloud-Adoption <span>How to Break the Cultural Logjam on Federal Cloud Adoption</span> <img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/FedTech-FCW-Cloud.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="John Everett of the Veterans Affairs Department " typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:24</span> <div><p>The White House wants agencies to <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2017/12/white-house-releases-final-it-modernization-report">accelerate their adoption of commercial cloud capabilities</a>, and <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/usdas-sheridan-cloud-way-out-infrastructure-death-spiral">numerous agencies</a> have <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/navy-plans-complete-massive-cloud-migration-2021">gotten the message</a>. The problem that seems to get in the way though is a persistent one: cultural resistance to cloud migration.</p> <p>How can agencies overcome <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/01/culture-change-sits-heart-successful-cloud-deployments">that hurdle</a>? Federal cloud leaders say that those who want to push their agencies to adopt cloud technologies need to <strong>educate agency IT leaders, reassure them about cloud security</strong> and minimize the influence of people who don’t see value in changing, in part by<strong> demonstrating “quick wins” in the cloud</strong>.</p> <p>Those were some of the key takeaways from keynote and panel discussions at <em>FCW</em>’s <a href="https://fcw.com/cloud" target="_blank">Cloud Summit: Accelerating Cloud Adoption in Government event</a> on April 18 in Washington, D.C.</p> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-p-everett-b921763b" target="_blank">John Everett</a>, executive director for demand management in the Office of Information and Technology at the Veterans Affairs Department, says that many federal IT leaders and IT offices still think of cloud as purely an Infrastructure as a Service play, something that will get them out of their data centers and allow them to avoid thinking about space, power and cooling. Obviously, cloud is more than that, and includes Platform and Software as a Service implementations.</p> <p>The goal of cloud proponents in government, he said, is to<strong> “help move our culture from the stagnant one it is </strong><strong>in to</strong><strong> one that is vibrant and useful for our government organizations.”</strong></p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP: </strong>Get more news from the <em>FedTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>Cultural Hurdles to Government Cloud Adoption</h2> <p>Many IT leaders are still operating in the “culture of the unknown,” Everett said, in which they do not have a detailed understanding of their agency’s applications or systems or how they fit together. Agencies’ organizational cultures are often focused on their key IT systems and cloud is still not a priority, he said.</p> <p>A key stumbling block to cloud adoption is <strong>a lack of buy-in from agency leadership and key stakeholders</strong>, according to Everett. “If your leadership doesn’t understand cloud, they will be less likely to make decisions in your favor,” he said. “Leadership needs to be educated on what the possibilities are and how the cloud actually works.”</p> <p>Additionally, it is often difficult to move agencies from a capital expenditure model, in which agencies make outlays for servers and data center equipment, to an operational expense model suited to the cloud, <strong>in which agencies pay for what they use in terms of computing, storage </strong><strong>and</strong><strong> networking</strong>.</p> <p>Security is a major issue that agencies need to overcome, officials said. “If we don’t get a handle on that up front and make that a key part of the culture change, then we’ll never get that done,” Everett said.</p> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnehale" target="_blank">John Hale</a>, chief of cloud services at the Defense Information Systems Agency, noted that<strong> security is a “huge concern” </strong>Defense Department officials have about the cloud. “It goes back to culture,” he said. “People don’t understand the security profile of a commercial cloud.”</p> <p>Hale noted that for a cloud service provider to work with the DOD, they first must get an authorization from the <a href="https://www.fedramp.gov/" target="_blank">Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program</a>, and then get a <a href="https://www.disa.mil/newsandevents/2016/dod-cloud-provisional-authorizations" target="_blank">DOD Cloud Provisional Authorization</a>. Hale noted that DOD builds on the FedRAMP certification and performs another “assessment to meet additional controls for housing DOD data,” Hale said. The additional certification <strong>should tell DOD IT leaders that the commercial cloud offering is certified to store agency data</strong>, he said.</p> <h2>How Agencies Can Make Headway on Cloud Migration</h2> <p>Everett said cloud proponents must find ways to minimize the influence of people who “don’t want change or don’t see value in the cloud” and who “keep the culture from moving forward.”</p> <p>Cloud supporters should actively communicate the benefits of the cloud: i<strong>ts lower costs, ability to be updated quickly and elasticity to accommodate different levels of computing and storage demands</strong>.</p> <p>Agencies should aim to <strong>minimize “server huggers” </strong>and their contractor support. And a great way to overcome resistance is to demonstrate quick wins, Everett said.</p> <p>Everett said a way to have the cloud gain favor in an agency is to clearly demonstrate the return on investment from a cloud migration. He cited a Vets.gov application that used to run in a VA data center but became the first native cloud app the VA used. “As soon as it went into the cloud<strong> we saw an 85 percent reduction in cost</strong> over what we were spending in a data center,” he said. There are roughly 358,000 regular users of that application, according to Everett and half of the VA’s healthcare apps run through the original app. Everett said it used to take the VA 90 days to make a change to the core app and now it takes about a day.</p> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/edsimcox/" target="_blank">Ed Simcox</a>, deputy CTO of the Health and Human Services Department, said HHS has numerous cloud initiatives going on and has earned some quick cloud wins, including <strong>moving to DevOps environments</strong> for specific purposes that were very vendor-centric. That is the way a lot of agencies “are dipping their toe in the pool, per se,” he said.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25506 </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Cloud</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Federal</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Original</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>True</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/How-to-Break-the-Cultural-Logjam-on-Federal-Cloud-Adoption" data-title="#IT leaders from @DeptVetAffairs @USDISA and @HHSGov explain how to overcome cultural barriers to #cloud adoption. #fcwcloud #FedIT #GovIT" data-via="FedTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-counter="true" data-url="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/How-to-Break-the-Cultural-Logjam-on-Federal-Cloud-Adoption" data-title="#IT leaders from @DeptVetAffairs @USDISA and @HHSGov explain how to overcome cultural barriers to #cloud adoption. #fcwcloud #FedIT #GovIT" data-via="FedTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Ffedtechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3Fcm_mmc%3DVanity-_-Publications-_-Menu-_-All%26n-state%3Dhttps%253A%2Fsecure-live-adobe.webcollage.net%2F_wc%2Fshowcase%2Fcl%2Fcreative-cloud.html%7E%7E%7EG%2521000A724162DC%2521WRXkfwkgDpZb12NH%7E%7E%7E%7E%2540https%253A%2Fsecure-live-adobe.webcollage.net%2Fserver%2Fcdw%2Fadobe-showcase-secure" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/How-to-Break-the-Cultural-Logjam-on-Federal-Cloud-Adoption" data-title="#IT leaders from @DeptVetAffairs @USDISA and @HHSGov explain how to overcome cultural barriers to #cloud adoption. #fcwcloud #FedIT #GovIT" data-via="FedTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Apr</span> <span>19</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/phil-goldstein"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/CoMfravQ_400x400.jpg?itok=W9IAwS8L" width="58" height="58" alt="Phil Goldstein" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/phil-goldstein"> <div>Phil Goldstein</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=philgoldstein&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Phil Goldstein is a web editor for <em>FedTech</em> and <em>BizTech</em>. Besides keeping up with the latest in technology trends, he is also an avid lover of the New York Yankees, poetry, photography, traveling and escaping humidity.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Performance marketing flag</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 3</div> <div>How #FedIT can get around server huggers and move to the #cloud. @DeptVetAffairs @USDISA and @HHSGov #IT leaders offer advice. #GovIT </div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 2</div> <div>How #FedIT leaders can overcome cultural barriers to #cloud adoption. Hear advice from @DeptVetAffairs @USDISA and @HHSGov </div> </div> <div> <div>Shortened Url</div> <div>http://tech.mg/2i5DLS</div> </div> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:24:31 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 40696 at https://fedtechmagazine.com Feds Can Turn to New Kinds of IT Infrastructure to Get Ahead of the Curve https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/Feds-Can-Turn-to-New-Kinds-of-IT-Infrastructure-to-Get-Ahead-of-the-Curve <span>Feds Can Turn to New Kinds of IT Infrastructure to Get Ahead of the Curve</span> <img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/FedTech-ITTransformation.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="Data Center servers " typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:21</span> <div><p>Federal agencies have a mountain of <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/How-Feds-Can-Secure-Legacy-IT-Systems" target="_blank">legacy IT systems they are eager to upgrade</a>. They are also mandated to <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/new-tech-and-policies-can-help-agencies-optimize-data-centers">consolidate and upgrade their data centers</a> and to embrace virtualization technologies as part of that process. And <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2017/12/white-house-releases-final-it-modernization-report">the White Hosue has provided clear direction</a> that it wants agencies to be more aggressive in adopting commercial cloud technologies. </p> <p>New technologies are fueling innovation, along with efficiency and productivity gains in the private sector and the government. <strong>Digital transformation</strong> is changing the workplace significantly, delivering capabilities that enable government users to work from anywhere and collaborate more effectively.</p> <p>But such gains come at the cost of <strong>increased complexity</strong>. IT teams are required to manually configure every new technology — such as <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2017/12/armed-forces-want-mobile-infused-future">mobile devices</a>, wearables and other <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2017/10/iot-tech-sends-agencies-beacon-future">sensors</a> — that connects to an enterprise network. They must ensure both <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/will-there-be-government-standard-iot-security">that these devices are secure</a> and that they access only the appropriate resources. As the number of devices has climbed, IT teams have had to devote more resources to keep pace with demand.</p> <p>Organizations in just about every industry are stuck on the same treadmill. Digital advancements such as <strong>mobility, cloud computing and the Internet of Things </strong>are increasing the speed of operations and opening new opportunities for innovations in areas such as collaboration and smart buildings, but they also add pressure on IT staff to manage increasingly complex digital footprints.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP:</strong> Get more news from the <em>FedTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>A Connected World Demands New IT Solutions </h2> <p><strong>“In a world where you’re connecting all people, devices and things, it’s complex,”</strong> says Laura DiDio, principal analyst at <a href="http://itic-corp.com/" target="_blank">Information Technology Intelligence Consulting</a>. “You have a lot more capabilities and intelligence, but there are also a lot more potential points of failure. And if something goes wrong, if everything is connected, that can have a domino effect.”</p> <p>While the demands are growing exponentially, most federal IT teams are not getting additional resources, adds Raakhee Mistry, director of marketing for enterprise networks at <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/cisco.html" target="_blank">Cisco Systems</a>. Indeed, <a href="https://itdashboard.gov/" target="_blank">according to the federal IT Dashboard</a>, total government IT spending for fiscal year 2019 climbed to <strong>$83.4 billion</strong>, up <strong>2.6 percent</strong> from $81.3 billion in fiscal year 2018. </p> <p>“They’re spending upwards of 80 percent of their days just keeping the lights on,” she says. “But business leaders need them to move on to more strategic projects that enable new capabilities in their environment.”</p> <p>Rather than continuing to run in place, agencies are turning to new technologies to help them get ahead of today’s digital advancements. <strong>More flexible networks, real-time analytics, </strong><strong>hyperconverged</strong><strong> infrastructures, edge computing and faster storage</strong> are automating and simplifying complex digital environments so IT teams – and the users they support — can work smarter and faster, and be more agile.</p> <p>These solutions enable innovative capabilities such as workplace analytics that help organizations gain new insights on how users are working to foster greater productivity and efficiency. Digital advancements also s<strong>upport changing </strong><strong>workstyles</strong>. Users who can remain effective at their jobs from anywhere at any time are more likely to be satisfied, productive employees. Further, next-generation collaboration and communication solutions are powering a change in the workplace. Delivering better information-sharing and workplace flexibility fuels innovation.</p> <p>“There’s been a lot of turmoil and incredible innovation that’s come out of this transition,” says Krishnan Badrinarayanan, director of product marketing at <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/nutanix.html" target="_blank">Nutanix</a>.</p> <h2>Hyperconverged Infrastructure Can Help Feds Simplify IT </h2> <p>Many agencies also struggle to maintain an IT infrastructure that can keep pace with government mandates and changes in commercial technology. <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/how-hyperconvergence-simplifies-agencies-data-centers">Hyperconverged</a><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/how-hyperconvergence-simplifies-agencies-data-centers"> infrastructure solutions</a> from vendors such as Nutanix, Cisco Systems and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/hpenterprise.html" target="_blank">HPE</a> can significantly change their IT operations to meet this challenge.</p> <p>Instead of following the traditional IT model with teams working in specialty areas — such as servers, storage and networking — <strong>hyperconvergence</strong><strong> collapses these silos and converts the parts of the infrastructure into one stack </strong>(virtualized network, hypervisor and software-defined storage) that can be quickly provisioned.</p> <p>A single team can <strong>stand up infrastructure on demand, automate and orchestrate the deployment of applications, ensure performance and scale up or down based on market demands,</strong> Badrinarayanan says. These capabilities support the rapidly changing demands of the digital workplace, ensuring that users have the tools they need to remain productive and efficient.</p> <p>Hyperconvergence offers the agility of a cloud services platform with the flexibility to adapt technology at the hardware level, choosing from an array of products that can be swapped in and out as needed without being locked in with a particular vendor.</p> <p>“It’s really offering choice and allowing the application development teams to pick the best-of-breed technologies while experiencing cloud-like behavior and benefits within the organization,” Badrinarayanan says.</p> <h2>Why Agencies Need a Next-Generation Storage Architecture</h2> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2017/05/data-and-predictive-analytics-help-feds-make-better-decisions">Data is at the heart</a> of digital transformation. Tools such as artificial intelligence and workplace analytics have the power to use data to improve operations, generate new services and help agencies achieve their missions. But<strong> storing this data is another challenge</strong>.</p> <p>“A next-generation data center cannot be, by its very nature, reliant on traditional storage infrastructure,” says Jeff McCullough, vice president of Americas partner sales at <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/netapp.html" target="_blank">NetApp</a>. Rather, agencies need <strong>a next-generation storage architecture</strong>, “one that is inherently agile, scalable and predictable,” he says.</p> <p>Storage speed, low-latency performance and the scalability to accommodate petabytes of data have become critical in today’s digital environment. Software-defined storage offers such benefits and allows storage resources to be abstracted from the underlying physical storage hardware for added flexibility, McCullough explains.</p> <p>Flash technology provides far greater read and write speeds than spinning disk storage, and advances such as <strong>Nonvolatile Memory Express</strong>, NVMe over Fabrics and storage class memory offer promising capabilities. But McCullough believes organizations should be able to adapt their storage based on their needs, moving data from flash to disk to cloud and back. “There’s not one single storage media to rule them all,” he says.</p> <p><em><a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/solutions/digital-workspace.html" target="_blank">Learn more</a> about how CDW solutions and services can help manage and secure your digital transformation efforts.</em></p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25506 </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Data Center</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Federal</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Original</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div> 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<p></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Performance marketing flag</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 3</div> <div>The path toward #digitaltransformation runs through next-generation #datacenter architecture in #FedIT. #GovIT </div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 2</div> <div>#FedIT can achieve #digitaltransformation with hyperconverged infrastructure and other new #datacenetr architectures. #HCI #GovIT </div> </div> <div> <div>Shortened Url</div> <div>http://tech.mg/ZVs3z8</div> </div> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:21:56 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 40691 at https://fedtechmagazine.com US, UK Governments Warn of Russian Cyberattacks https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/US-UK-Governments-Warn-of-Russian-Cyberattacks <span>US, UK Governments Warn of Russian Cyberattacks</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:49</span> <div><p>The United States and United Kingdom joined forces in an unprecedented move on April 16 to warn that <strong>Russian </strong><strong>cyberattacks</strong> are being launched against the network infrastructure of government and private business users. It was <strong>the first time the U.S. and U.K. governments have “issued joint advice to all sectors that might have been compromised,”</strong> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/16/us-and-uk-blame-russia-for-malicious-cyber-offensive" target="_blank">the <em> </em><em>Guardian</em> reports</a>.</p> <p>In the warning, <a href="https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA18-106A" target="_blank">formally called a joint Technical Alert</a>, the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre say that Russian state-sponsored cyberactors are engaged in a <strong>“worldwide cyber exploitation” of network infrastructure devices</strong>, such as routers, switches, firewalls and Network-based Intrusion Detection System devices. The targets are <strong>primarily government and private-sector organizations, critical infrastructure providers</strong>, and the internet service providers supporting these sectors, according to the warning.</p> <p>The warning also came <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/how-utilities-can-respond-russian-cyberattacks">a month after DHS and the FBI reported</a> that they had determined that “Russian government cyberactors” had launched “a multi-stage intrusion campaign” that targeted the networks of small commercial facilities in the energy and other critical infrastructure sectors.</p> <p>The new warning provides technical details on the nature of the attacks and <strong>steps that agencies and organizations can take to mitigate their vulnerabilities</strong>. Top American and British cybersecurity officials also warned about potential retaliation if any damage has been done.</p> <p>“When we see malicious cyberattacks, whether from the Kremlin or other nation-state actors, we are going to push back,” Rob Joyce, a special assistant to the president and the cybersecurity coordinator for the National Security Council, said in joint conference call with journalists by senior officials in Washington and London, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/world/europe/us-uk-russia-cybersecurity-threat.html" target="_blank">according to the <em>New York Times</em></a>. That would include<strong> “all elements of U.S. power available to push back against these kinds of intrusions,”</strong> he added, including “our capabilities in the physical world.”</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/dhs-jeanette-manfra-turns-her-focus-ecosystem-government-networks">Jeanette Manfra</a>, the assistant secretary for the office of cybersecurity and communications at DHS' National Protection and Programs Directorate, and other officials said on the call that agencies need to make sure their router software is patched and up-to-date. <strong>“Once you own the router, you own the traffic,” </strong>she said on the call, <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-16/u-s-and-u-k-issue-joint-alert-warning-of-russian-cyber-attacks" target="_blank">Bloomberg News reports</a>.</p> <p>According to the <em>Guardian</em>, Ciaran Martin, the chief executive of the NCSC, which works closely with the surveillance agency GCHQ, said: “This is a 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Besides keeping up with the latest in technology trends, he is also an avid lover of the New York Yankees, poetry, photography, traveling and escaping humidity.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Performance marketing flag</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 3</div> <div>.@DHSgov @cyber and @FBI team with @NCSC to warn about Russian #cyberattacks. #cybersecurity </div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 2</div> <div>For the first time, @DHSgov @cyber and @FBI team with @NCSC to send out alert on Russian #cyberattacks. #cybersecurity </div> </div> <div> <div>Shortened Url</div> <div>http://tech.mg/X0jJM3</div> </div> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:49:13 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 40686 at https://fedtechmagazine.com How Feds Can Secure Legacy IT Systems https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/How-Feds-Can-Secure-Legacy-IT-Systems <span>How Feds Can Secure Legacy IT Systems</span> <img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/FedTech-LegacyIT.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="Sailors use computers in the Learning Media Resource Center to check personal email aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson." typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:02</span> <div><p>Many agencies are <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/usda-kicks-it-modernization-centers-excellence">moving ahead with plans</a> to <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/how-your-agency-should-think-about-legacy-system-modernization-perfcon">upgrade legacy IT systems</a>, but it will take some time before many are actually replaced. In the meantime, they will be <strong>confronted with a clear but hard truth</strong>: Aging technologies <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2017/04/study-confirms-conventional-wisdom-legacy-federal-it-breeds-cybersecurity-risks">are generally less secure</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nist.gov/" target="_blank">The National Institute of Standards and Technology</a> knows this about as well as any agency in the federal government. Last month it issued a concrete offer of help to agencies to <strong>secure legacy systems from cyberattacks and make them more resilient</strong>.</p> <p>NIST released a draft version of the second volume of its Systems Security Engineering guide, <a href="https://csrc.nist.gov/CSRC/media/Publications/sp/800-160/vol-2/draft/documents/sp800-160-vol2-draft.pdf" target="_blank">Special Publication 800-160</a>, which gives agencies advice on <strong>guarding against advanced persistent threats</strong>. APTs, the guide notes, have the capability to breach the government’s critical systems, “establish a presence within those systems (often undetected), and inflict immediate and long-term damage to the economic and national security interests of the nation.”</p> <p>Ron Ross, a NIST fellow and one of the agency’s cybersecurity experts, writes in the guide that for the nation to survive and flourish in the 21st century it must develop “trustworthy, secure systems that are cyber resilient.”</p> <p>Ross notes: “Cyber resilient systems are those systems that <strong>have security measures or safeguards ‘</strong><strong>built in</strong><strong>’ as a foundational part of the architecture and design</strong> and moreover, display a high level of resiliency, which means the systems can <strong>withstand </strong><strong>cyberattacks</strong><strong>, faults, and failures and continue to operate</strong> even in a degraded or debilitated state — carrying out the organization’s mission-essential functions.”</p> <p>The guide is aimed at two distinct groups: IT staffs that are launching new systems or upgrading legacy systems in the normal course of maintaining them; and organizations that are using legacy systems to carry out day-to-day missions and business functions.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP:</strong> Get more news from the <em>FedTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>How to Engineer Cybersecurity Resiliency</h2> <p>Many federal IT leaders have long maintained that legacy systems are fundamentally insecure, largely because they do not receive regular security patches for outdated software and code. Indeed, <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2017/04/study-confirms-conventional-wisdom-legacy-federal-it-breeds-cybersecurity-risks">an academic study released last year, “Security Breaches in the U.S. Federal Government,</a>” found that there is <strong>“a significantly negative relationship between the number of security incidents and the stock of new IT systems,”</strong> which was measured by the percentage of IT spending on new IT development over total IT investments for the past five years. For every 1 percentage-point increase agencies invest in new IT, there is a 5 percent decrease in security breaches, the study found.</p> <p>So how can agencies make their legacy IT more cyber-resilient? NIST’s guide offers four key principles (and a lot of technical advice as well):</p> <ul><li><strong>Focus on the mission or business. </strong>Cyber resiliency “maximizes the ability of organizations to complete critical or essential missions or business functions despite an adversary presence in their systems and infrastructure, threatening mission-critical systems and system components,” NIST says. Sometimes, legacy IT system components that are less critical to mission or business effectiveness are sacrificed to contain a cyberattack and maximize mission assurance, the report says.</li> <li><strong>Focus on the effects of the APT. </strong>NIST notes that “the resources associated with the APT, its stealthy nature, its persistent focus on the target of interest, and its ability to adapt in the face of defender actions make it a highly dangerous threat.” Those carrying out APT attacks can make it seem like the anomalous behavior is the result of human error, structural failure or a natural disaster. However, by focusing on APT activities and their potential effects, “systems engineers produce systems which can anticipate, withstand, recover from, and adapt to a broad and diverse suite of adverse conditions and stresses on systems containing cyber resources,” NIST says.</li> <li><strong>Assume the adversary will compromise or breach the agency. </strong>A fundamental assumption of cyber resiliency is that a sophisticated adversary cannot always be kept out of a system or be quickly detected and removed from that system, NIST says, “despite the quality of the system design, the functional effectiveness of the security components, and the trustworthiness of the selected components.” Agency IT security leaders need to acknowledge that most modern systems “are large and complex entities, and as such, there will always be weaknesses and flaws in the systems, operational environments, and supply chains that adversaries will be able to exploit.” As a result, a sophisticated adversary can penetrate an agency and achieve a presence within its infrastructure.</li> <li><strong>Assume the adversary will maintain a presence in the system or organization.</strong> Agencies must assume that the adversary presence may be a persistent and long-term issue, and recognize that the stealthy nature of the APT makes it difficult to be certain that the threat has been eradicated. Cyber resiliency also “recognizes that the ability of the APT to adapt implies that mitigations that previously were successful may no longer be effective.” Agencies must also recognize that even if they succeed in eradicating a threat’s presence, it may return. “In some situations, the best outcome an organization can achieve is containing the adversary’s malicious code or slowing its lateral movement across the system (or transitively across multiple systems) long enough that the organization is able to achieve its primary mission prior to losing its critical or essential mission capability,” NIST says.</li> </ul><p>The guide includes life cycle processes and cyber resiliency constructs that <strong>can be used for new systems, system upgrades or repurposed systems</strong>. They can be employed at any stage of the system life cycle and can take advantage of any system or software development methodology including waterfall, spiral or agile.</p> <p>“We had to address the question of what can we do today to secure the legacy systems we have,” <a href="https://www.cyberscoop.com/nist-cybersecurity-guide-legacy-systems-ron-ross/" target="_blank">Ross tells CyberScoop</a>.</p> <h2>IT Architectures Can Protect Key Assets</h2> <p>Agencies can architect their IT systems to be more resilient, Ross notes. In addition to continuing to harden perimeter defenses, agencies need to <strong>prepare for what happens when an attacker makes it through the walls</strong>.</p> <p>“The second dimension is what happens after they get in?” Ross tells CyberScoop. “How do we limit their access, limit the damage they can do or the data they can steal, limit their time on target?”</p> <p>Agencies can achieve that by <strong>shifting more to virtualized IT environments and can spin up new virtual machines</strong> on a regular basis. Since VMs are generated from a secure, hardened disk image, any malware that has made its way inside will be “flushed out of the system,” Ross says.</p> <p>Agencies also need to find ways to <strong>limit the ability of APTs to move within their systems</strong>, escalate their privileges and gain access to the network’s secure areas, CyberScoop notes. “There are many architectural and design decisions that can be used to protect your crown jewels,” Ross tells CyberScoop, citing measures such as<strong> domain separation and network segmentation</strong>.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25506 </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Security</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Federal</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>True</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a 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typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/phil-goldstein"> <div>Phil Goldstein</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=philgoldstein&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Phil Goldstein is a web editor for <em>FedTech</em> and <em>BizTech</em>. Besides keeping up with the latest in technology trends, he is also an avid lover of the New York Yankees, poetry, photography, traveling and escaping humidity.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Performance marketing flag</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 3</div> <div>#FedIT needs to assume cyberattackers will get through. They need to plan for what happens after, says @usnistgov. #cybersecurity #GovIT </div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 2</div> <div>Here’s how #FedIT can boost its cyber resilience, via @usnistgov. #cybersecurity #GovIT </div> </div> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:02:50 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 40681 at https://fedtechmagazine.com FDIC Wants to Upgrade Workforce to Keep Pace with Changing IT https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/FDIC-Wants-to-Upgrade-Workforce-to-Keep-Pace-with-Changing-IT <span>FDIC Wants to Upgrade Workforce to Keep Pace with Changing IT</span> <img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/Arlington-FDIC-office.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation&#039;s satellite headquarters campus in Arlington, Va." typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:04</span> <div><p>As agencies prepare to use working capital funds to update IT or apply for funds from <a href="https://federalnewsradio.com/technology-main/2018/04/gsa-sees-100m-it-modernization-fund-as-glass-half-full/" target="_blank">a centralized Technology Modernization Fund</a> managed by the General Services Administration, it bears repeating that upgrading IT is <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/modernizing-government-it-not-just-about-technology">not just about technology</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fdic.gov/" target="_blank">Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation</a> CIO Howard Whyte understands that and says that a crucial piece of the IT modernization puzzle is<strong> upgrading the government’s workforce at the same time</strong>.</p> <p>President Donald Trump’s <a href="https://www.performance.gov/PMA/Presidents_Management_Agenda.pdf" target="_blank">Management Agenda</a>, which the administration <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/presidents-management-agenda-emphasizes-it-modernization" target="_blank">released on March 20</a>, hammers home the importance of modernizing the workforce. Along with IT modernization; and data, accountability and transparency; the agenda names <strong>creating the “workforce of the 21st century”</strong> as a key driver of transformation. Even within the IT modernization pillar, the agenda notes that a key element of IT modernization is “building a modern IT workforce by <strong>recruiting, reskilling, retaining professionals able to help drive modernization with up-to-date technology</strong>.”</p> <p>Whyte says that is something the FDIC, as an independent agency, is going to keep in mind as it updates its IT. And it’s a lesson that all agencies, large and small, should heed. Without a modernized workforce, agencies will not be able to take advantage of the<strong> “bleeding edge” </strong>of technology: cloud, artificial intelligence and mobility, <a href="https://federalnewsradio.com/legacy-systems-month-2018/2018/03/fdic-includes-workforce-as-it-explores-it-modernization/" target="_blank">Whyte tells Federal News Radio</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP: </strong>Get more news from the <em>FedTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>IT Workforce Needs Training to Master New IT </h2> <p>Although some federal IT leaders would argue that the cloud is not a novel technology and is <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/usdas-sheridan-cloud-way-out-infrastructure-death-spiral">the way agencies can get out of managing data centers</a>, some agencies are <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/fbis-most-wanted-list-info-commercial-cloud">still cloud laggards</a>.</p> <p>Whyte tells Federal News Radio that if agencies are going to move to the cloud they need to ensure they have staff members who are trained in<strong> vendor management, the different cloud technologies and the application stack</strong> of cloud service providers such as <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/google.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-google-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">Google</a> and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft.html" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>. “How do we get that information that we would normally walk downstairs and just be able to touch and feel when you are hundreds and potentially thousands of miles away from the new data center?” Whyte says.</p> <p>Agency IT departments need to create the correct <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/01/opm-embraces-shared-services-improve-human-resources-it">human resources capabilities</a> for these new IT environments, Whyte argues. Employees need to <strong>get more training to help them adapt to new technologies and ways of executing their mission</strong>, he says, and it is not fair to expect them to be able to make that transition without that training. That’s especially true for data center workers who now will need to manage data in the cloud.</p> <h2>FDIC Works to Upgrade Applications, Data Management</h2> <p>The FDIC is <strong>taking an inventory of its legacy IT systems and capabilities, as well as its applications and data</strong>, as it seeks to consolidate and save money, Federal News Radio reports.</p> <p>The agency has long used several customized applications it has built and maintained itself. However, Whyte says the agency is moving to more agile development processes and wants to focus on delivering capabilities.</p> <p>He says the FDIC wants to do so across multiple divisions in the agency rather than have each organization run its own system. Doing so will allow the agency to <strong>reduce duplication</strong>, so Whyte’s office has been looking at application upgrade cycles and when certain systems will reach their end of life. Whyte says he is preparing for discussions with system owners and may redirect resources to some systems so others can be retired.</p> <p>The effort has revealed that the FDIC needs to <strong>get better at managing the life cycle of its IT systems</strong> and acknowledge that maintaining legacy systems drives up costs. “I would assume that there will be savings to be had,” Whyte says. “We are in a complex environment at the FDIC, like other federal organizations. As we look at retiring legacy applications or systems, there is bound to be savings. 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Goldstein" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/phil-goldstein"> <div>Phil Goldstein</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=philgoldstein&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Phil Goldstein is a web editor for <em>FedTech</em> and <em>BizTech</em>. Besides keeping up with the latest in technology trends, he is also an avid lover of the New York Yankees, poetry, photography, traveling and escaping humidity.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> <div> <div>Performance marketing flag</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 3</div> <div>Why @FDICgov CIO Howard Whyte sees #ITmodernization as more than #tech upgrades. #FedIT #GovIT</div> </div> <div> <div>Tweet Text 2</div> <div>.@FDICgov, CIO Howard Whyte knows that it’s not just about #cloud migration. #IT staff must be retrained. #FedIT #GovIT</div> </div> <div> <div>Shortened Url</div> <div>http://tech.mg/4h2CZE</div> </div> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:04:41 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 40676 at https://fedtechmagazine.com SBA Sets Up an IT Sandbox in the Cloud https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/04/SBA-Sets-Up-an-IT-Sandbox-in-the-Cloud <span>SBA Sets Up an IT Sandbox in the Cloud</span> <img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201804/FedTech-Sandbox.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="IT sandbox illustration " typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:12</span> <div><p>Small Business Administration CIO Maria Roat has <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/media/video/elc-2017-small-business-administration-cio-maria-roat-keeps-her-agency-leading-edge">consistently pushed her team to ask, “Why not?”</a> which has led the agency to be a leader in cloud migration and IT modernization.</p> <p>Now, Roat wants to enable other federal agencies to <strong>embrace that spirit of experimentation</strong>. The SBA has deployed the cloud-based <a href="https://www.cio.gov/2018/03/15/innovation-sandbox-launch/" target="_blank">Innovation Sandbox</a>, which lets agencies test IT innovations.</p> <p>The SBA received funding from the <a href="https://www.cio.gov/" target="_blank">Federal CIO Council</a>’s Innovation Committee, which Roat serves as the chair on, to develop and implement the sandbox. The goal, Roat says, is to <strong>make it easier for agencies to safely test new technologies and methodologies</strong>.</p> <p>The basic premise is to<strong> “make it easy, make it simple,” </strong>for agencies to experiment, <a href="https://www.fedscoop.com/maria-roat-looking-spread-word-new-innovation-sandbox/" target="_blank">Roat tells FedScoop</a>. She is encouraging other agencies to get involved so that they can learn from each other.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP:</strong> Get more news from the <em>FedTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>What Will the SBA’s Innovation Sandbox Enable?</h2> <p>In a blog post, Roat writes that the Innovation Sandbox is an <strong>Infrastructure as a Service capability</strong> that allows for “simple, time-bound, <strong>hypothesis-based statistical experiments within a secure, controlled, cloud-based computing environment</strong>.”</p> <p>The goal, Roat says, is to enable and encourage “cross-agency collaboration to leverage modern tools and technologies to test hypotheses and share their findings, data, and experiences with colleagues across the government.”</p> <p>By taking advantage of available government data, the sandbox can <strong>enable new, collaborative efforts that will “bolster the conversation on government-wide data sharing and will highlight data sharing best practices,” </strong>Roat writes. These solutions can then be integrated within agencies more rapidly, boosting overall efficiency.</p> <p>“As agencies work together using the Innovation Sandbox, structural and cultural challenges will surface, identifying gaps that can inform recommendations for future activities,” Roat says.</p> <p>Roat notes to FedScoop that the idea of an IT sandbox is not new, and was primarily discussed in the past as a cloud-hosted space where agency data practitioners, primarily, could share and collaborate. However, as agencies started their shift to the cloud, there hasn’t been a great deal of “comfort” with the model.</p> <p>Roat launched a similar effort when she <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-roat-49714115/" target="_blank">served as chief technology officer of the Transportation </a><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-roat-49714115/" target="_blank">Department</a> and discovered that parties outside of the agency were interested. When she took over as chair of the Innovation Committee, she introduced <strong>the idea of a governmentwide sandbox, which the rest of the council embraced enthusiastically</strong>, FedScoop reports.</p> <h2>What Comes Next with the SBA’s Sandbox?</h2> <p>The sandbox environment is hosted in the SBA cloud, FedScoop reports, but is completely separate from the SBA’s main operations.</p> <p>Interested federal employees can use a portal to sign in and submit an “experiment.” However, it’s not a free-for-all. The submitter <strong>must have a hypothesis for the experiment</strong>, a number for <strong>how much computing power </strong>the testing will require, and it must be something that can be accomplished, part-time, <strong>in between two and four weeks</strong>. Interested parties are strongly encouraged to contact the CIO Council as soon as possible for planning purposes.</p> <p>The sandbox is not just for data experiments, but Roat tells FedScoop that data practitioners seem to be especially drawn to the concept. Her goal is to enable the creation of <strong>new innovations from existing data</strong>,<strong> </strong>and potentially have agencies come up with<strong> solutions that can scale across the government</strong>.</p> <p>At the conclusion of the pilot, the CIO Council will develop a report based on agencies’ experience using the Innovation Sandbox to “determine the need and feasibility for a sustained, federal-wide sandbox” and the council “will also identify best practices for agencies to create their own sandbox,” according to the blog post.</p> <p>Roat tells FedScoop that she wants agencies to <strong>feel like they can try something and fail fast</strong>, and not be afraid of that. “Like when you’re a kid — you get to build a sandcastle, and if you don’t like it, you get to try again,” she says.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25506</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Cloud</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Federal</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>True</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div> <div>Related Articles</div> <div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2017/09/sba-highlights-importance-training-cloud-migrations"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/FedTech/201709/FedTech--SBA.jpg?itok=d6ZKro09" width="124" height="94" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/cloud">Cloud</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2017/09/sba-highlights-importance-training-cloud-migrations"><span>SBA Highlights Importance of Training for Cloud Migrations</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2017/10/sba-tackles-tech-upgrades-multi-pronged-approach"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/FedTech/201710/FedTech--SBAModernization.jpg?itok=WwMJg7fi" width="124" height="94" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/cloud">Cloud</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2017/10/sba-tackles-tech-upgrades-multi-pronged-approach"><span>SBA Tackles Tech Upgrades with Multi-Pronged Approach</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node--view-mode-teaser"> <div class="content"> <a href="/article/2017/12/what-items-are-feds-2018-it-do-lists"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/FedTech/201712/FedTech--2018-ToDo.jpg?itok=mponM9tc" width="124" height="94" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="desc"> <h2 class="link-term"><a class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default" href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/cloud">Cloud</a> </h2> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/article/2017/12/what-items-are-feds-2018-it-do-lists"><span>What Items Are on Feds’ 2018 IT To-Do Lists? 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