Too many federal officials are staring at a very sketchy blueprint of their agency’s systems operations. They stare because, they’re unsure about where to start drawing the lines between processes—let alone measure the success of their operational fluidity, as the Office of Management and Budget wants.
Agencies need a clear architecture of their enterprise to coordinate increasingly complex business processes and technology. More than coordination, there’s even cost-savings to mine with well-organized operations.
Officials have said they are stuck when it comes to the next step in developing their enterprise architecture. Their questions boil down to the how-to and the guidance for moving forward.
At the 11th Annual Enterprise Architecture Conference in Washington, DC, the top enterprise architecture practitioners will discuss how an agency can draw a clear EA blueprint and take it to the frontlines of their mission.
Opening the conference on October 29, Dr. Scott A. Bernard, Federal Chief Enterprise Architect, will discuss how to use innovation, governance, and effective execution to deal with the ongoing tension between requirements and resources. He will talk about how shared services can offer agencies more cost-effective operations. He will also explain the key roles that enterprise architecture and capital planning play in governance.
On October 30, two experienced EA experts formerly from Defense Department will host a joint keynote address and describe EA from two different perspectives.
Breaking EA down to the tactical level, Peter Cuviello, Lead Client Partner at Deloitte LLP and retired Army Lieutenant General, will talk about what EA offers the IT employee who’s on the front lines of mission and business operations.
With a broader view, David Wennergren, the new vice president of enterprise technologies and services at CACI and former assistant deputy chief management officer at the Defense Department, will discuss the strategic aspect to EA, such as the methods to make data more useable and how to build more effective collaboration. He will also share his insights on using performance measurements to drive results with an emphasis on understanding costs and returns on investment.
These speakers and the two days of panel sessions will help officials, who are staring at blueprints, know fill in their blueprints for a clearly architectured operations and on the path to saving money.
The Enterprise Architecture Conference is October 28-30 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Admission for the conference is free of charge to government personnel. Space is limited. To guarantee a spot, visit govEAconference.com.
Let’s face it, the current government technology landscape can be tricky to navigate. From policy updates to unstable budgets, a rapidly aging technology base and growing cyber threats—to name just a few challenges—it’s hard to find the solutions to your daily challenges while also planning for 2014 initiatives.
Luckily the Government IT Forum, December 3, in Washington, DC co-locates 5 events providing insight on current policy and technology trends in big data, cloud, cyber, mobile and records & information management, all in one location…and all FREE FOR GOVERNMENT!
Make a move — Register today! Remember, government can attend the conference on December 3 at NO CHARGE. Industry receives $100 off until November 1.
“We are excited to offer such a comprehensive line up of critical training across five key technology areas – all in one place at the same time,” said Mark Gable, Event Director, 1105 Media, Inc. “Not only are the events convenient to attend, but they also remove budget obstacles for our government attendees as they can participate for free.”
The Government IT Forum is comprised of these 5 co-located events:
• Cloud & Virtualization – exploring how opportunities for adoption and access are being addressed by the new portfolio management review process.
• Big Data & Business Intelligence – providing insight into lessons learned from agencies that are finding ways to acquire the modern work tools generated by big data analytics.
• Cybersecurity – addressing the challenges of navigating the risks of reduced budgets and archaic technology during times of growing cyber threats.
• Mobile Government – featuring the latest information on programs and valuable ideas for achieving the objectives of the Digital Government Strategy.
• Records & Information Management – discussing compliance with National Archives and Records Administration policies, lessons learned and how to avoid unexpected mines and traps.
Want more in-depth, hands-on education? We don’t blame you! Add on pre-event workshops (Monday December 2; minimal fee required) to your registration package and ensure your professional development in the new year!
You’ll find those too. The joint exhibit hall is comprised with products, services, tools and solutions showcased by the industry’s top providers such as AT&T, Immix, HP, IBM and more.
For more information about the Government IT Forum, visit www.govitforum.com.
An agency is not a stand-alone organization — government executives cannot think about their agency in that nature. Agencies are rather a “cog” within the wheel of organization known as the Federal Government. Thus, Enterprise Architecture is not just about one agency’s attempt at being more efficient and agile; the meta-discipline of EA is about systems within an organization—no matter the system’s size.
As the world turns these days, the hyper-connection between agencies will only become more defined around satisfying citizen needs — resulting in a demand for “system thinkers.” Officials need to examine their agencies as systems within the Government. Enterprise architects and policy-makers need to look at their agency through the lenses of holism, hierarchy, interrelationships, and, yes, even causality. Understanding these characteristics can lead the Government to a state of balance and coherence despite constant flux.
Dr. Pallab Saha (pictured above) is a renowned author on EA and member of the National University of Singapore’s Institute of Systems Science, said a connected government is no utopia; it’s simply a realistic way to capitalize on the complexity.
According to Mr. Saha, in his session abstract for the Enterprise Architecture Event: “Enterprise Architecture provides governments and leaders the means to address the twin challenges of dynamism and complexity,” he said.
At the 2013 EA Conference in October, Saha will discuss his viewpoint during a session entitled: “Systemic Enterprise Architecture as Future—Tackling Complexity and Shaping Strategy in the Cusp of Change.”Saha has worked with Federal Enterprise Architect Dr. Scott Bernard and is the primary author of the Methodology for Agency Enterprise Architecture (MAGENTA) and Government EA Guidebook for the Government of Singapore.
Going beyond the rhetoric, his session at the EA Event will demonstrate the value of merging the systems approach within EA methodology to address a national priority.
The Enterprise Architecture Event will take place Oct. 29-30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
Enterprise architecture doesn’t usually make headlines — yet, enterprise architects deserve recognition; they create organized internal systems that make an agency’s output more efficient and cost-effective. Architects are behind the scenes helping agencies reach mission goals via headline-worthy technology triumphs.
With that in mind, 1105 Media Government Events and the Federal Enterprise Architecture Certification Institute (FEAC) intend to bring the architects from the sidelines to the forefront at the awards ceremony taking place at the 2013 Enterprise Architecture Event.
The 11th Annual Excellence in Enterprise Architecture Award Ceremony recognizes the impacts of Enterprise Architecture best practices on achieving: efficiencies, greater effectiveness, transparency, increased collaboration or innovation in solutions to government missions’ outcomes.
1105 Public Sector Events and FEAC want nominations from all levels of government, including U.S. Federal, State, and Local government organizations, as well as successful government programs abroad.
There are four awards up for grabs:
- Leadership in Enterprise Architecture Driven Results – Government Project, Civilian
- Leadership in Enterprise Architecture Driven Results – Government Project, Defense
- Leadership in Government Transformation using EA – Government Project, Civilian
- Leadership in Government Transformation using EA – Government Project, Defense
There’s also the EA Hall of Fame; it’s an Individual Leadership in EA Practice, Promotion and Professionalization. The award is open to current and former government employees.
Submit a nomination form here>> and the Excellence in Enterprise Architecture Awards Committee will assess your nomination. The committee is comprised of FEAC faculty, including the “Godfather” of Enterprise Architecture himself, John A. Zachman.
Selection committee members will look for projects with real organization-wide results, architectures that have solved major business integration problems, and increased productivity coupled to business cases.
The Excellence in Enterprise Architecture Awards will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 30, during the 2013 Enterprise Architecture Conference taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Admission to the 2013 Enterprise Architecture Conference is free of charge for government employees. Register today>>
(PLEASE NOTE: All views and information expressed during the session and below are solely Ajay’s views, and do not represent the positions and views of anyone else, any organization or any government agency).
As covered in the session at FOSE 2013 ”Enterprise Transformation using the Cloud and Big Data – The Future of Business Operations,” Agile Enterprise Transformation with the Cloud can result in significant benefits and planning, execution for the Cloud should assess and transition entire processes in an Agile manner to realize the benefits of rapid provisioning, dynamic scaling and deployment. Good candidates for this transition are back end processes, reporting, authentication etc. Due to the utility based aspects of the Cloud, these processes can be adjusted as needed based on on-going monitoring and can support rapid deployments to test new ideas and promote innovation. The key to success while leading these initiatives as part of the Agile planning was to identify and prioritize the specific processes as migration candidates, prioritize release items, develop key performance metrics with continuous monitoring, automated tesing and workload analysis.
Cloud supports Agile and Rapid deployments to support innovation since new environments can be set up quickly and leveraged for trying out ideas. However Agile Management is not just limited to just rapid deployment via the Cloud, it is an emphasis on such techniques throughout the development lifecycle and during the development, integration of services.
Agile solutions and services focus on continuous feedback and adapability to change, not just on rapid deployments.
With Agile approaches, starting with requirements and working through development, releases can be developed and demonstrated to the customer incrementally and iteratively to avoid a sphagetti of services. Agile strategies and development techniques can be effectively utilized during the Cloud, Big data application development lifecycles. Agile techniques support the rapid delivery of releases with frequent customer feedback to manage changing requirements, and Cloud, Big Data projects that also support rapid delivery can be a good fit for such techniques.
To achieve Agility for the entire lifecycle, the first step is to perform an analysis of existing and target business processes. Based on the analysis appropriate reusable services can be designed and developed at either the Enterprise levels or lower levels. Enterprise services such as collaboration and email have been very popular in organizations and agencies and other services can be developed at the business, application and database levels. The integration and workflow aspects of these services have to be defined and then the services are put together with the overall solution. Agile strategies can be successfully leveraged during the development of hybrid solutions, aggregation of Cloud services and for the overall integration with services, data sources and applications.
While procuring Agile products for development, it is important to focus on the ones that support full Agile lifecycle management. These products should enable users to build applications using the Agile processes quickly and develop end to end business solutions with advanced user interface capabilities for versioning, tracking and reporting for the releases. Testing tools should have capabilities to support automated testing and effectively handle release management. Due to frequent releases, the automation of tests can facilitate quick and effective testing.
Ajay Budhraja has over 23 years in Information Technology with experience in areas such as Executive leadership, management, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, system architecture, software engineering, training, methodologies, networks, databases, etc. Ajay has provided Senior Executive leadership for nationwide and global programs and has implemented integrated Enterprise Information Technology solutions. He has a Masters in Engineering (Computer Science), Masters in Management and Bachelors in Engineering.