Six common government IT anti-patterns and how to fix them

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An anti-pattern is a common but poor solution to a recurring problem. Think of it in terms of this old joke: During an annual physical exam, a patient gestures and then says to the doctor, “Doc, it hurts when I do this.” The doctor replies, “Don’t do that.” This old joke parallels many conversations I’ve […]

Federal government spending on cloud down in 2017. Wait, what?

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After several years of steady growth in federal government spending on cloud, we’re seeing the trend reverse in 2017. Depending on your source, federal government spending on cloud will contract 10-17% this year. Wait, what? How does this make sense given the strong growth of cloud consumption in the commercial sector? Has government lost the […]

Digital transformation means doing the hard yards

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It’s so easy to understand the benefits of being digital that we can be fooled into thinking that getting to digital must be easy, too. Unfortunately, digital business transformation requires hard work, especially for government organizations. Government organizations haven’t survived by welcoming change. In fact, their mandate in legislation and regulation is to maintain themselves, […]

Future-proofing government IT

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For many IT professionals, the most interesting and challenging non-functional requirement is to future-proof the solution. The industry mantra was to “built-to-last.” In reality, that’s a flawed philosophy. When you want to future-proof a solution, you make it “built-to-change.” In the new wave of digital transformation of enterprises, the philosophy “built-to-change” has enjoyed wide acceptance in […]