Supplier Strategy for IT Innovation

The complexity of managing supplier portfolios, coupled with the need to apply cost saving strategies, often leads organizations to contract with a small group of suppliers. While initiatives such as Federal Category Management and other approaches may improve efficiency and cost savings, they may also inhibit a wider range of innovative ideas and … [Read more...]

Federal Acquisition Reform

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) was designed to address challenges in the way that the Federal Government acquires and manages almost $90 billion worth of technology assets. Among other improvements, the Act mandates steps toward effective governance in managing IT portfolios on both an agency-wide and … [Read more...]

Federal Acquisition Innovation Labs

The need for Federal Government IT support and solutions is extensive. In addition to increasingly complex networks and agendas to improve efficiencies, the public is demanding better security of information in light of high-profile thefts involving personal data. Agencies need to meet these IT security infrastructure needs and others, while the … [Read more...]

Category Management to Reform Government Procurement

Federal Government annual spending exceeds $50 billion for IT-related services, security, hardware, software and telecommunications. While recent progress has been made in consolidating technology needs and reducing duplication through data collection and analysis, many agencies continue to acquire IT products and services in a decentralized manner … [Read more...]

Project Scheduling Best Practices in an Agile Environment

This is the second article in a series on project scheduling best practices. The first article, GAO Scheduling Best Practices, can be found here. With the growing adoption of Agile project management methodologies, many organizations now employ some combination of traditional project management and Agile project management tools. While Agile … [Read more...]

GAO Scheduling Best Practices

Government acquisitions rely on project scheduling for successful program execution. An integrated master schedule (IMS) allows all stakeholders to understand activity interdependencies and managers to make informed decisions about balancing program cost, schedule and scope. Of particular importance is how program costs are impacted due to … [Read more...]

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an inclusive term referring to any sequence of connected devices that transfer information to one another via the Internet. The IoT is a movement which should not be ignored by Government agencies when planning for strategic implementation of mission goals. According to research company IDC Corporation, 200 billion … [Read more...]

Federal Adoption of Infrastructure as a Service

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is quickly growing in popularity as a way for organizations to economically access computing resources without the need to procure or maintain the associated equipment. IaaS allows agencies the ability to pay for resources as needed, including storage, hardware and networking capabilities. The U.S. Federal … [Read more...]

GAO Reports on DATA Act Governance

Mention the Federal Government, and it is impossible not to picture mountains of data. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) is intended to provide a structure, which includes the creation of Federal data standards, in order to more effectively use and analyze the significant amount of available Government data. The intent of … [Read more...]

The Diversity of Scrum Today

Scrum is a framework for developing and sustaining complex products. While traditionally used for software development, many other industries and professionals are now recognizing the value of Scrum. A recent survey, The 2015 State of Scrum Report, suggests that Scrum is growing in popularity among various industries and is being used in a … [Read more...]