In his extremely well-received session titled “Enterprise Transformation using the Cloud and Big Data – The Future of Business Operations “ at FOSE 2013, Ajay Budhraja discussed the following:
(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).
- Integrated platforms for Cloud, Big Data and Shared Services – The cloud, big data and shared services market is estimated at over $100 billion and growing. There is an evolution of integrated platforms that provide capabilities to leverage data from multiple data sources such as structured, unstructured databases, files and applications. Hence these platforms should provide capabilities such as data aggregation, messaging, and integration with Cloud and Big Data systems. Such systems should support full life cycle management of applications, workflows, predictive analysis and operational intelligence. To support application development they should incorporate development component frameworks (such as for Java and.Net) so that architects and developers can leverage and reuse existing services. Predictive Analysis and Operational Intelligence will be the key drivers for future systems.
OPEN DATA MANAGEMENT IS A REVOLUTION, BIG DATA MANAGEMENT IS AN EVOLUTION IN DATA PROCESSING – open data maximizes value creation built on the existing structured and unstructured data.
- Cross Agency and Partner Integrated Architecture – With the increased focus on handling Big Data and Cloud, there should be a focus on the development of an Integrated Information Architecture across agencies and partners to quickly and seamlessly process and exchange information in a standardized manner. The rendering of this information should be done with value driven analytics to support effective decision making . There is a greater adoption and integration in areas such as Big Data, Mobility, Social Networks, Business Intelligence, Analytics and Hybrid services as more applications are deployed on the Cloud.
- Cloud Trends –Higher levels of reuse and sharing can be achieved by identifying specific processes that can be transitioned to the Cloud. Moving entire processes into the Cloud is a higher level of abstraction and will have a significant impact on the management and utilization of technology services. Planning and execution for the Cloud should assess and transition such processes 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 aspect 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.
Ajay Budhraja led and transitioned entire processes such as reporting, applications and test environments to the Cloud a while back in a matter of weeks rather than months and this was a huge success for the organization. The key to success while leading these initiatives as part of planning was to identify the specific processes as migration candidates. Cloud supports Agile and Rapid deployments to support innovation.
- Big Data Trends – Big Data processing and analysis drives enhanced Decision making such as in the areas of complex real time analytics, discovery of patterns and business intelligence. Frameworks such as Hadoop support distributed processing of large data sets and vendors are providing connectors to support Big Data, Cloud management and in memory computing to reduce data aggregation and maintenance time. Big Data analytics facilitates advanced analytics and Open Data facilitates greater transparency for agencies. Open Data initiatives should be based on strong foundations of technologies such as Shared Services, Big Data and Cloud.
- Enterprise Transformation – Enterprise Cloud and Big Data Transformation is a paradigm shift to utility based computing that orchestrates services and components across the Enterprise to deliver benefits such as rapid provisioning, on demand access and advanced analytics. There should be a focus on service integration and interoperability to include relational data, unstructured data and other data sources. There is a rapid progression to higher levels of integrated decision based and component driven systems with Cloud, Big Data and Shared services.
- Enterprise Transformation - Best practices include the definition of a roadmap, transition phases and step wise process for assessment, application migration, integration with existing applications, deployment. For initial deployments backup and development, test environments are good candidates for the initial migration to the Cloud and Big Data. The roadmap is a blueprint to achieve measurable results based on the definition of key objectives for the Cloud, Big Data, Shared Services Architecture and emerging technologies. In addition, the level of effort, prioritization and identification of interdependencies with other areas should be considered prior to the migration.
There should be a strong focus on scalability, integration, service orientation and open standards. Services should be classified based on business processes and developed in a step by step manner to measure return. It is not sufficient to use a particular language such as XML or YAML for exchanging information, a comprehensive data exchange architecture with open interfaces should be developed. Security (FISMA, FEDRAMP), privacy, change management and governance are key areas that need to be addressed. As part of the Transformation, the Enterprise vision, strategy needs to be defined, service level agreements specified, frameworks utilized and key performance metrics should be defined.
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.
Guest post from CTO Vision
1105 Media Group, organizers of the FOSE and GovSec Conferences & Expos, hosted an FOSE 2013 Blogger & Speaker Meet-up on Wednesday, May 15 at FOSE.
I always look forward to the blogger meetups at events, because they offer a chance to get some visibility on other tracks or key points you’ve missed. It was a varied group. We had folks from all walks of life who work in the cyber realm, and the breadth of experience added to the conversation.
This meet-up included influencers, Ajay Budhraja, Chief Technology Officer, EOIR at the United States Department of Justice, Gadi Ben-Yehuda, Director of Innovation and Social Media for IBM Center for The Business of Government, Andrew Scott, Social Media Coordinator at Carahsoft Technology Corp., Paul DeSoza, CEO of CSFI, Sayngeun Phouamkha, VP of Business Development at CSFI, Lindy Kyzer, Editor at Clearance Jobs, Erik Johnson from DC Gov and Michael Russell.
Right now the federal government is going through an incredible IT transformation. They are moving from IT as a way of getting work done, into IT as a strategic asset for business. The federal government is adopting today’s trends; mobility, agility and open APIs that are opening up federal IT and making it more functional and delivering more to our citizens.
Much of the talk focused on open data and data access. We talked extensively about the increasing amount of noise in the ether. From the deluge of tweets, to the host of open data released by governments it is becoming harder and harder to identify the signal. Paul De Souza of CSFI has created an open-source intelligence operating center for the CSFI that uses Silobreaker to create their own operating picture, and to create their own intelligence products. They also use the TVEyes capability to monitor TV streams from their smart devices, increasing their awareness of what discussions are occurring in the world.
We also discussed how data is driving government, and see OSINT and other capabilities de-silo’ing the data. However, this led into the conversation of how the government can lessen the impact of social media providing valuable OSINT to our adversaries. Ajay brought up the importance of cloud data, policy and accessibility. While some organizations have social media policies, a government-wide policy that clearly states social media policies could be beneficial. Limited access to social media could also benefit the government and limit exposure. While social media can be a great asset to the citizenship of the country, we must be cautious that it does not endanger those citizens.
To access the full program agenda and find out about FOSE 2014, visit www.fose.com.
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Day 2: FOSE 2013 Experience Technology: See it. Hear it. Try it. Know it.
May 15, 2013 – The second day at FOSE, held in Washington, D.C., highlighted new technologies and solution-based strategies organizations are using to provide more efficient and less costly ways of doing business. The morning opened with a keynote address by former Washington Redskins Quarterback, Joe Theismann, who in his charismatic and entertaining style, drew parallels between his career as an NFL quarterback, and the necessity for good management and effective leadership for organizations to be successful. Theismann noted that effective leadership is all about ‘people’. Whether it’s an employee or a teammate, listening, trusting, and empowering your team to be responsible for company goals is key for outstanding performance.
Steven VanRoekel, second Chief Information Officer of the United States, drew a large crowd at the afternoon keynote session. His prior positions included Executive Director of Citizen and Organizational Engagement at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Managing Director of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Speech and Strategy Assistant to Bill Gates at Microsoft, and Senior Director of the Windows Server division. VanRoekel touched on operational, technical, financial, and human resource aspects, as well as introducing and using new technologies and social media to pioneer new solutions needed in agencies and organizations today.
Beyond the keynote speakers and educational sessions was the exhibit floor, where attendees could interact and discuss products, services and ideas with organizations offering solutions. Many attendees participated in a Passport Giveaway, which required them to receive stamps from select exhibitors, and upon completion they were placed in a drawing for an iPad. As evidenced at the GovEvents booth, the Passport Giveaway’s popularity increased on day two, especially for those who had not won a prize the first day.
To access the full program agenda and find out about FOSE 2014, visit www.fose.com. For even more from Day 2 at FOSE, visit: http://storify.com/sarahkneip/day-2-fose-recap#publicize.
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FOSE 2013, the nation’s premier event for government technology professionals kicked off today.Check out the happenings at opening day of FOSE 2013 here:
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