The MGT Act will give federal chief information officers a central fund of $3 billion from which they can draw to update obsolete IT systems.
The General Services Administration said it recognizes agency’s concerns with the new Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract and has a team to help agencies release their solicitations.
A bill expected out of Congress would help pay for chief information officers to figure out strategies to modernize their systems.
Without a doubt, IT modernization and digital transformation are hot topics in the federal community.
When it comes to protecting the government’s IT infrastructure from cyberattacks, conventional wisdom has long held that modernization of outdated legacy systems can be a key driver of improved security. The results of a survey released Sept. 6 challenged that conventional wisdom. The poll, conducted by Unisys found that a majority of federal IT leaders believe modernization efforts have increased, not decreased, their overall security challenges
Syed Azeem, a career federal IT leader, makes the case for why microservices will make federal systems more secure and easier to enhance.
Oracle called the government’s efforts to modernize technology “out of sync” and filled with “false narratives.”
Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) said the MGT Act protects against funds realized from IT modernization being taken for other uses in the agency.
Brian Burns, the Coast Guard’s acting chief information officer, said the service is on schedule to move to Windows 10 by March 2018.
Kevin Youngquist, the senior director of federal civilian for Veritas Technologies, details how agencies can begin preparing for IT modernization efforts by understanding their data.
Chris Townsend, the vice president of federal at Symantec, said the IT modernization initiative opens the door for agencies to relook at how they protect their systems and data.
The Cloud Center of Excellence has four working documents designed to help agencies tackle funding challenges and acquire and secure cloud solutions with more confidence.
When federal agencies talk about IT modernization, sometimes they’re trying to find ways to upgrade hardware. But that issue is lessening the more agencies host their applications in the cloud. The more enduring modernization issue is legacy applications and the code from which they’re built.
Dave DeVries retired after 35 years in government including the last year as the chief information officer at OPM.