Software development for commercial and federal websites has changed over the past five years. Today, commercial sites take advantage of the flexibility that application services provide and the federal government is taking advantage of these innovations as well.
For example, General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) has worked with agencies to focus on application services. GDIT uses tools like DevOps and rapid iteration, as well as incorporating cybersecurity into design to complete the task.
GDIT’s Janek Claus, DevOps capability lead and Jay Olsen, director of application services, joined Federal News Network to discuss how the correct methodology can complete tasks quickly and with appropriate compliance.
When creating applications, Olsen discussed the importance of getting it right the first time to maximize efficiencies. Iterative software development doesn’t intend to cobble cybersecurity in at the last moment, it means to incorporate it at every iteration. Going back to “bolt on” connectors and other dependencies can be disastrous for larger project.
Further, when an iterative approach is embraced, agencies can pivot and move with changing requirements, changing budget constraints and new technology pricing.
When creating applications, Olsen discussed the importance of getting it right the first time to maximize efficiencies.
“We want to make sure that we’re designing applications that we can design and build once and deploy anywhere,” he said.
Claus then noted the importance of knowing the customer’s needs before making any final decisions. Organizations with experience in enterprise software development will know how to ask questions about meta data, architecture and taxonomy.
“You have to look into what are the specific requirements that your customer or the federal agency requires in order to find the right cloud provider,” Claus said.
This view from “40,000 feet” enables companies like GDIT to see system integration from a holistic perspective. Rather than some noble goal, a broad perspective allows large systems to flex and adapt to ever changing requirements.
DevOps Capability Lead, General Dynamics Information Technology
Janek Claus is the DevOps Capability Lead for the Strategic Growth Group of General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) where he leads the DevOps practice including leading the go-to-market strategy and develops DevOps capabilities, solutions and best practices to solve our customer’s mission critical needs. He is focused on providing solutions to improve governments DevOps maturity and efficiency, while supporting them in their digital transformation and business agility.
Janek has a 25 year career providing solutions in the areas of technology strategy, value chain, software and IT architecture in various industries including government, automobile, logistics and retail, telecommunications, software startups, agriculture, health research and human care
Janek holds a master’s of science in Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence, a master’s of business administration as well as certificates in Value-based IT Management and Executive Data Science from the Mannheim Business School and Johns Hopkins University respectively. He is also a certified Open Group Enterprise Architect, holder of a patent in lossless data compression and a published co-author in Nucleic Acids Research.
Director, Application Services, General Dynamics Information Technology
Jay Olsen has more than 25 years as a technical leader in the federal and commercial consulting markets. He leads the Application Services Practice at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT). As the Director of Application Services he leads the go-to-market strategy in the areas of Agile, DevOps, Human-centered Design and Cloud-native software development with a focus on developing solutions to solve our customer critical needs.
Jay has extensive experience in the areas program/project management, full lifecycle application development and solution architecture. He previously was the chief technology officer for the Health practice and program manager at SRA International where he led complex IT integrations for Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.
Jay has a bachelors in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University and is a Certified Scrum Master, ITIL Certified and has a Computer Graphics Design Certification from the Corcoran School of Art.
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