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5 steps to leading a successful government IT transformation project

_davidWray_large.jpgBy David Wray, Chief Technology Officer, HP Software Federal Professional Services

 

In my last blog post I talked about the two ingredients that go into the “secret sauce” for IT transformation: evangelistic leadership and application rationalization. Knowing the secret sauce is nice, but now you’ve actually got to act on it. And there’s a lot more to leading change than simply having an ingredients checklist.

 

Now, many of the federal agencies I work with know they need to change. The IT Reform program and related initiatives such as Federal Data Center Consolidation have put forth a vision of sweeping change in federal IT. In May 2012, the OMB released its digital strategy for creating a 21st century digital government and U.S. Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel introduced the IT Shared Services Strategy. To achieve these visions, agencies will have to consolidate applications, create shared services and seize opportunities in mobile and big data. The mandate for change in federal IT has never been clearer. But as agencies start with varying degrees of success to change, I see a lot of false starts. Federal IT is an extremely siloed environment, and all those silos make it very difficult to lead transformative change.  

 

Let’s look at one area in which federal IT needs to change: application transformation. It’s hard, but I know it can be done. Here’s a five-step blueprint for leading change based on my own experience working with agencies.

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The secret sauce for IT transformation? Here are 2 key ingredients

davidwray.jpgBy David Wray, Chief Technology Officer, HP Software Federal Professional Services

In a recent post I talked about the bold new visions of Cloud First and Share First that are shaping federal IT. These are exciting plans that really have the potential to transform government IT.

But once the excitement of the vision wears off, the hard work begins. How do you actually effect a large-scale IT transformation? What is the secret sauce?

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Bold visions for the next generation of e-government

davidwray.jpgBy David Wray, Chief Technology Officer, HP Software Federal Professional Services

 

Recently I was encouraged to see two exciting developments in federal IT. First was the release of the Federal IT Shared Services Strategy, which lays out a plan for federal agencies to use a shared approach to IT service delivery as a way of innovating without raising cost. Then came the Digital Government Strategy, which seeks to build a 21st century digital government, creating an information-driven government accessible to employees and citizens anytime, on any device.

 

If agencies can implement the recommendations put forth in these plans, federal IT will take a huge step into the future. But, great as these plans are, I think federal IT can go even bigger and bolder. I’m talking about defining the next generation of e-government in a way that’s only now possible because of the cloud.

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How federal IT can innovate – even in the current budget environment

davidwray.jpgBy David Wray, Chief Technology Officer, HP Software Federal Professional Services

 

Federal IT is undergoing a massive transformation as a result of IT Reform, Federal Data Center Consolidation, CloudFirst, CyberFirst and FutureFirst initiatives underway.  And just recently, President Obama released a memo detailing new directions for Federal IT as part of the Digital Government Strategy. These are exciting developments that promise to create a 21st century foundation for excellence.

 

And yet, budgets for IT remain tight. Today’s efforts are all about streamlining IT to achieve operational efficiencies and ultimately achieve more value for less money.  All of which needs to happen.  But initiatives to transform IT also demand it to be innovative. How can federal IT do both?

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How federal CIOs can save money with IT governance

davidwray.jpgBy David Wray, Chief Technology Officer, HP Software Federal Professional Services

 

Agency CIOs are under tremendous pressure these days to reduce IT costs. In August of 2011, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directed agency heads to submit budgets that cut at least 5 percent from this year’s spending.

 

What can CIOs do? I always like to point agency CIOs to quick wins, such as reducing storage costs with data archiving solutions. But after they take care of the low-hanging fruit, I believe one of the most important things CIOs can do to bring costs in line and deliver more value is to establish a strong IT governance practice.

 

Here are four steps that CIOs can take toward establishing good IT governance.


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3 things federal CIOs can do to optimize their application portfolios

davidwray.jpgBy David Wray, Chief Technology Officer, HP Software Federal Professional Services

 

By June 12, federal CIOs are supposed to show the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that they’ve reviewed their application portfolios and they’ve turned around or terminated one-third of all underperforming IT investments.

 

I recently wrote about the steps CIOs can take to gain control of IT. Today I want to look at one aspect of this – portfolio management. No matter where you are in meeting the OMB’s deadline, there are three steps you can take to optimize your IT portfolio.

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5 steps federal agencies can take now to run IT like a business–and take advantage of cost savings

davidwray.jpgBy David Wray, Chief Technology Officer, HP Software Federal Professional Services

 

In the private sector, most successful companies can immediately leverage cost savings to fund new program efforts and IT transformation, hence, some IT initiatives can be self-funding based on the ROI.   But within federal agencies, the reallocation or use of funds is highly restricted and requires a lengthy approval process, putting a wrench in many cost-reduction programs. In fact, there can even be a downside: Future cost savings are applauded but typically translate to reduced funding levels.

 

This trend however is starting to shift as agencies have created strategic plans and budget proposals that leverage cost savings for current year IT projects.  Allowing agencies to leverage cost savings for future efforts will accelerate IT transformation and enable CIOs to truly run IT like their commercial brethren. Here are five steps agencies can take now to take advantage of cost savings.


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To improve IT performance, federal CIOs must change their role – but how?

_davidWray_large.jpgBy David Wray, Chief Technology Officer, HP Software Federal Professional Services

 

(David Wray has over 25 years of experience in designing and implementing software solutions. For the past 10 years, he has helped Federal agencies implement solutions for CPIC, budget formulation and execution, project and portfolio management, acquisition, and risk and compliance solutions.)

 

Back in August of this year, the Office of Management and Budget released a memo aimed at heads of executive departments and agencies basically saying that as part of the U.S. Federal CIO IT Reform Plan, federal CIOs should become true portfolio managers. Like many OMB memos on the state of federal IT today it contained a lot of common sense. Unfortunately, many of the recommendations are easier said than done. Let's look at the four key areas over which agency CIOs should have ownership according to the OMB.

 

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