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Government+Public Sector

Nov 122015
 
Bob Charette Weighs in on a Decade of IT Failures

Cutter Fellow Bob Charette has been blogging over at IEEE Risk Factor for the past decade, looking at the myriad ways software projects fail. To mark that 10-year milestone, he set out to analyze what’s changed — and what hasn’t — in the area of systems development- and operations-related failures. Bob doesn’t claim to have compiled a comprehensive “database of debacles” in Lessons From a Decade of IT Failures. Instead, he’s endeavored to bring together the “most interesting and illustrative examples of big IT systems and projects gone awry.” Be sure to spend some time with his colleague Josh Romero’s five super cool interactive visualizations of the data where you’ll: Look at the various ways Read more

Dec 302013
 
All Gov't Levels to Search for Cost-Effective Operational Stability

This coming year, government leaders will be looking for the most cost-effective means of operational stability for their level of government. Public sector executive leaders will take specific steps to assess their organization (both operations and information technology) to determine the most cost-effective means for business operations. For the IT organizations, this means taking a detailed look at the utilization of operational disciplines, governance and business alignment methods. In addition, decisions will have to be made regarding human capital replacement, training and/or selectively sourcing required technology operations and functions. At the same time, executive leaders will be faced with making decisions on modernization of systems and productivity applications. Progressive executive leaders will utilize an unbiased and Read more

Dec 242012
 
Keeping an Eye (IV&V) on the Business

Having recently conducted a survey of the Department of Corrections in each of the 50 states, we found their systems ages ranged from 5 years- to more than 35 years-old, with a mean average system age of over 20 years. This inventory of aging systems is driving a new wave of modernizations and, unfortunately, project failures as well. So, in 2013, we’ll see the wave of modernization for many government entities in the US (particularly large counties and states) continue. Inasmuch as there are a significant number of systems being selected and installed, we still find that many of the organizations try to manage this process by themselves. No Definition of Business Requirements Unfortunately we Read more

Dec 222011
 
Systems Improvements for Government

Numerous State, County and Municipal entities are facing difficult times managing finances and workforce cost. With the continued economic slump, government and its departments/business units are experiencing tighter budgets and are insisting upon greater value from investments. At the same time, financial and budgeting systems have aged to the point where it’s time to look at replacing them. While still useful, many existing business systems are lacking integration capabilities, hindering much-needed increases in workforce efficiency and effectiveness. New systems come with high expectations for improvement. Financial ERP systems for State, County and Municipalities will be a major focus area for replacement and upgrades. While IT organizations have been prominent in developing project management offices (PMOs) Read more

Feb 172011
 

Some argue that a cyber-Armageddon — or a “digital Pearl Harbor” — may be just around the corner, while others counter that while cybersecurity needs to be taken seriously, the overall cyberthreat and its consequences are vastly overblown and are merely a convenient excuse to sell over-priced security software and consulting. The May 2011 Cutter IT Journal will try to separate the wheat from the chaff as pertains to security threats from current and potential cyberweapons. Proposals of interest are due 2 March 2011. To respond, please visit http://www.cutter.com/content-and-analysis/journals-and-reports/cutter-it-journal/callforpapers02.html

Dec 162010
 

  Leadership IT Organizations (ITOs) are focusing on implementation and integration of three key Value Accretion disciplines over the next 12 months. The continuing uncertainty of the economic climate over the next 12 to 18 months is moving Governors, County Executives and City Mayors and Managers to increasingly look for both short-term and long-term cost reductions in operations. Rather than focusing on downsizing and hoping to fill vacant positions next year, I believe savvy IT Leaders will move their IT organizations toward a “Business within the Business” applying three critical disciplines on an enterprise basis. These three Value Accretion disciplines include a clear focus on: Developing a Program/Portfolio Management Office Increasing Project Management Maturity, and Read more

Dec 142010
 

During the past decade, we found Government 2.0 to be evolutionary, serving to increase collaboration and communication through technology-enablement across the domains of Government-to-Citizen (G2C), Government-to-Business (G2B), and Government-to-Government (G2G).  Beginning in 2011, we will see a movement towards Transformational Government 3.0, involving a necessary shake-up of core, longstanding government traditions, through a renewed focus on reinventing how a technology-enabled fabric of governmental processes and people (and the organizations for which they serve) can more effectively and efficiently serve its constituents in the future. [Editor’s Note: This post is part of the annual “Cutter Predicts …” series, compiled at the Cutter Consortium website.]