Four Technology Trends for Government in 2018

Four Technology Trends for Government in 2018

Four Technology Trends for Government in 2018

Hybrid, Data, and Resiliency are In. The mission is at the forefront.

I work intensively with Government agencies and technology vendors and follow technology and innovation social media feeds. The roar of buzzwords is overwhelming! The noise in the market is non-stop around cloud, digital, SecDevOps, internet of things, blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), and on and on… At least Google Glass died a quiet death!

I take a much more pragmatic view. Technology’s purpose is to get stuff (the mission) done. Bring knowledge and intelligence forward to inform leadership decision-making. Assist mission operators to accelerate simple, repetitive transactions and increase focus on high value add activities. If you’re not doing one of those things, STOP!

With that introduction, the trends and themes in technology for Government in 2018 are: 

1. Hybrid Hosting / Hybrid Development — Cloud and traditional hosting will coexist for many years to come and in fact become more and more similar. Cloud is not a silver bullet - don’t be afraid to put off a cloud migration in favor of a needed mission capability. Likewise, not every project is agile. Develop criteria to select the optimal infrastructure and methodology given the scope, goals, and budget available

2. Mission User Engagement — These hybrid environments cause confusion to mission stakeholders - are they the “Product Owner” or the traditional “Gate Approver”? Communicate clearly the roles and expectations for every project

3. Data-driven Information Technology (IT) — No matter what the environment or method, collect and analyze data about IT itself. Development, operational, and security metrics are great places to start. Select a small number of key indicators around which to rally the organization. Use data to drive improvement. Use it to make strategic decisions about IT investments

4. Resiliency – The latest technology doesn’t help unless it is easy to operate and maintains high availability. Sometimes software upgrades and security patches DO need top priority, even at the expense of a cloud migration. Develop a prioritization framework that protects critical updates, targets some technology exploration, and continually builds mission capabilities

These four themes lay the groundwork for mission focused, nimble technology that is not caught up in the current technology fads.

About Arc Aspicio
Arc Aspicio is a management, strategy, and technology consulting firm that takes a mission-oriented approach to complex client challenges. Focused on innovation, Arc Aspicio provides services in strategy, design, human capital, operations, analytics and visualization, technology and information sharing. The company is known for a strong, collaborative culture that values gratitude, provides leadership opportunities, and explores the future. Our teams take a human-centered approach to working with clients and are flexible and responsive within dynamic Government client environments where missions evolve and new priorities arise sometimes even daily. We thrive on these situations and promote continuous improvement and new ideas. And, #welovedogs! Follow us on Twitter @arcaspicio or learn more at www.arcaspicio.com.

Contributors

Rob O'Keefe |

Rob O’Keefe, President of Arc Aspicio, brings more than 25 years of experience in designing and delivering innovative solutions for the government and Fortune 500 corporations. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with extensive experience in large program risk and quality management. Rob currently leads Client Delivery for the company’s work at the Department of Homeland Security and on all contract vehicles.

LeadersNest Names Lynn Ann Casey a FedFem Award Honoree

LeadersNest Names Lynn Ann Casey a FedFem Award Honoree

Washington, DC, October 19, 2018 — LeadersNest named Arc Aspicio CEO Lynn Ann Casey a FedFem Award Honoree. The FedFem awards salute high-impact women executives and leaders of the government contracting community. FedFem Award Honorees blend their entrepreneurial courage and Federal government support that effectively impacts the industry, national economy, and the local marketplace. 

Boosting the Mission: Developing Acquisition Requirements Guidance

Boosting the Mission: Developing Acquisition Requirements Guidance

To keep up with the fast pace of change in the field of Government acquisitions, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components are developing their own acquisition requirements (AR) policies. However, without specific timeframes to finalize these policies, DHS agencies often lack guidance on how to develop ARs. Among DHS agencies, the U.S. Coast Guard is leading the way with their own formal policy to describe this process. To compliment the U.S. Coast Guard’s policy, DHS created the Joint Requirements Integration and Management System (JRIMS) to offer direction for agencies—to review, validate, and suggest solutions for capability gaps and requirements.

Top Qualities of Design Thinking Leaders

Top Qualities of Design Thinking Leaders

Design Thinking is on the rise in the business world. Design Thinking leaders focus on creating the best product for their clients and working with the experiences and insight of fellow coworkers. Some of the key characteristics of Design Thinking leaders present themselves in individuals who are open and subject themselves to vulnerability with clients and coworkers. These qualities help leaders to connect and build relationships with others. They also create an open flow of communication that allows for others to better share their knowledge to align with and understand the company's mission.

Think, Key, Speak: Purposeful Communications

Think, Key, Speak: Purposeful Communications

I spent the early years of my career in the United States Navy as a Naval Flight Officer on the E-2C Hawkeye, the Navy’s aircraft carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Command and Control platform. The various missions of the aircraft demand that aircrew monitor up to ten radio frequencies, and actively speak on three or four of those, at any given moment in flight.

How Can Communities Ready Themselves for a Major Power Grid Event?

How Can Communities Ready Themselves for a Major Power Grid Event?

Communities are often the foundation for an expedited recovery following major events. But how can communities strengthen their response to, for example, a major cyber-attack or natural event, such as an Electronic Magnetic Pulse solar flare? A United States electrical grid failure could destroy a number of the nation’s high voltage transformers causing widespread outages for several weeks, even months. A public health emergency could quickly ensue particularly among the vulnerable as the ripple effects cause significant societal disruption. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) strategic plan encourages and empowers communities to prepare for the inevitable impacts of future disasters. How can communities prime for major events?

Confessions of a Chief Strategy Officer

Confessions of a Chief Strategy Officer

I’ll admit it, I was a little smug. After more than 20 years in the consulting business helping clients develop, implement, and integrate their strategies, I thought… “how hard could it be to do the same things for my own company – a company of consultants?” I had the commitment of my leadership, a group of talented people, and a plan and resources to grow the company. We had energy and we had a great process and tools to successful. What could go wrong?