Introduction: A year of action, not talk
The 2016 calendar year is shaping up to be one when talk is set aside and federal agencies finally act on modernizing their IT systems with flexible, scalable and secure technologies that match the public’s needs.
“I’m cautiously optimistic that 2016 will see some more efforts on the part of the CIOs going forward and making their own decisions,” said Alan McQuinn with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. “It’s a slow-starting engine, but when it starts, it’s going to go fast.”
With the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act in place, buoyed by the White House’s Cybersecurity Implementation Plan, agencies have never had more support to make their systems more modern and secure, and they can accomplish this more cheaply than they ever expected.
“These are the types of changes that will allow for momentum to continue,” said Steve Harris, vice president and general manager of Dell Federal Systems.
The people in charge of maintaining 2015’s momentum know that they have a fixed amount of time to accomplish the administration’s goals. Even with legacy IT changes moving at a slow pace, experts believe 2016 will be the year change takes hold.
We talked to a number of officials who are under the gun to get things moving about their top priorities for the year — and what they are doing to accomplish the administration’s goals as its time comes to a close.
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