A special edition of the DorobekINSIDER today we went LIVE. This is the second time we’ve done this and we’ll be doing it regularly in next year. The idea is to get smart people together and share ideas because we believe that the real power of information comes when it is shared.
Today, we’re looking at the year in government IT -- technology. And there was so much that happened this year; seemingly never ending battles. Some people said there was a do-nothing Congress. It seems to me they were more like a deadline congress. There were budget super-committees. there was a Digital Government Initiative and a host of new words became real in our lives... BYOD... yes, cloud... big data... and we can’t forget security. This was the year that cyber-security and cyber-war started to merge.
We had some of the best and the brightest joined us to flesh it out and explained what it all means... and how you can be prepared in the days, weeks and months ahead:
KE: Karen Evans - the former Administrator of the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget -- the post now known as the federal CIO. Currently she is a partner at US Cyber Challenge and at KE&T Partners.
PB: Paul Brubaker is a consultant who has been both in and out of government. Paul served as a senior aide to then Sen. Bill Cohen and helped write the Clinger-Cohen Act, the law that created the position of federal CIOs. He has also served as the deputy CIO at the Defense Department and the administrator at the Transportation Department's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).
TS: Tom Suder is the President Mobilegov and is widely recognized as one of the mobile thought leaders out there.
PF: Pat Fiorenza, Research Analyst at GovLoop and the author of our Technology Guide.
Define IT in 2012?
PB: "2012 was a year I was disturbed by because it was all about technology not about the strategic use of technology. Focus in 2012 was about enabling technologies like big data, cloud computing mobility. Agencies weren't think in a strategic way. What we need to be focused on are those very specific, measurable context goals. We should think not about technology but about what we can do with it."
KE: "When you have a scarcity of resources it forces you to innovate. That's why I think now is a very interesting time for government. This year was the 10th anniversary of the E-Government Act. And what's so interesting is we are facing the same challenges now that we did 10 years ago, but now those challenges are coming so much faster and with much greater frequency."
TS: "The Digital Government Strategy came about this year and it was very interesting because I had one agency tell me they couldn't talk about their plans for mobility because they were too focused on implementing the strategy. We want agencies to go to a mobile first strategy because it helps them do their jobs better, not because it's a regulation. Agencies need to be in strategic mode."
Be Strategic - Focus on the O-Word - Outcomes
PB: "Think of data center consolidation, shrinking the number of data centers just to shrink the size of government operations, it's strategic. It's really important that agencies spend the time to really figure out how to re-engineer business processes. Performance management has the ability to put IT in context.
GovLoop has just published the GovLoop Guide that looks at government IT in the past year.