In our long history as trusted advisors to federal executives at over 40 agencies, we have been asked many questions pertaining to new technology products and trends. It is no secret that we are advocating platform as a service (PaaS) as a future for modernizing legacy applications and achieving significant return on investments. We are helping our clients move to a new era of much lower O&M costs, rapid solution delivery time, and improved user experience. Salesforce is an industry leader in the PaaS world, and we are wholeheartedly advocating for and implementing Salesforce solutions.
However, the PaaS world can seem like a radical departure from the traditional, legacy way of building and running systems and has raised questions that we have seen time and again by our federal IT executive clients wanting to embrace the new world while avoiding any potential pitfalls.
Here are some of the questions that are frequently asked around the Salesforce.com platform pertaining to customer data stored in the Salesforce cloud.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Phase One (www.pocg.com) announced today that Raymond J. Vogel, Jr., M.H.S.A., has joined the global IT firm as the Director of Healthcare Development to support new and existing healthcare clientele in both government and private sectors. Vogel leaves the Department of Veterans Affairs as Deputy Director for Development within eBusiness Solutions, VA's eCommerce unit, which conducts more than $3B in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Transactions.
"For his entire career, Ray has driven strategy and solutions in support of population health management -- his experience and track record across key segments within the industry allows us to expand our ongoing focus on healthcare," says Jerad Speigel, CEO of Phase One.
In 2014, the newly created US Digital Service published the US Digital Services Playbook (DSP) because “the U.S. Government needs a new approach…[t]o increase the success rate of these [digital services] projects.” The DSP comprises “13 key plays drawn from successful practices from the private sector and government that. if followed together [italics added], will help government build effective digital services.” The question, of course, is why we should believe that the DSP will have better success than any other “best practices” approach promoted in the history of federal IT.
My graduate study was on innovation management, so I tend to see IT development first and foremost as an innovation management challenge. Thus, to answer the digital services question for myself, I borrowed from the classic study in the innovation field, Everett Roger’s Diffusion of Innovations.
Early in his book, Rogers lists five important characteristics of successful innovations:
ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Phase One (www.pocg.com) announced today that Malcolm Jackson has joined the global IT firm as the Vice President of Private Sector to increase its presence in the commercial arena and expand its strategic offerings. Jackson was previously appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the Environmental Protection Agency's Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information and Chief Information Officer.
"Malcolm is a renowned IT executive, and a wonderful addition to Phase One's executive team. Malcolm's experience, wisdom, and significant industry knowledge will help him lead our efforts to revolutionize how IT is designed and deployed to serve our private sector clients," says Jerad Speigel, CEO of Phase One.
Phase One is committed to providing modern, platform and cloud based solutions to the African continent. In this effort, Phase One has signed a groundbreaking, exclusive alliance agreement with Africare, the largest Africa-centric NGO on the continent. This alliance agreement is designed to add information and communication technology (ICT) as a core service offering that Africare can provide to the 20 nations that it currently serves.
The marriage of Africare's local knowledge, and Phase One's technical solutions capability, will greatly enhance how solutions are designed and delivered. The alliance has taken shape as Africare ICT, a new arm within the Africare family.
For decades, software developers have struggled with the most efficient and effective means of managing software teams to deploy software that meets defined user requirements. In 2001, the Manifesto for Agile Software Development was published.
Unfortunately, in many circles Agile was used to justify a lack of planning. In these companies, Agencies, and industries; there has been an explosion of individual projects with little strategy and planning driving the integration of the many pieces to achieve the big picture goals. In short, the intent behind Agile has been misinterpreted, and organizations are paying the price.
The reality is that the authors of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development were not against planning. They were just against plans that never got used. In fact, they just wanted to focus more on the outcomes than the process ... makes sense!
Washington (March 31, 2015) Phase One, a global firm using technology to enable missions and businesses, is Africare’s newest corporate partner that will join a host of other leading international corporations as a sponsor of the Creating Opportunities for Development in Africa 2015 Corporate Summit in Washington, D.C., on April 18.
The annual Africare event, also known as CODA, gathers executive leadership from global companies and government officials to engage in discussion and celebrate achievements through corporate investment to strengthen Africa’s ascent on the world’s economic stage.
“Phase One joins a prestigious group of companies that includes Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil, UPS, to name a few, who share Africare’s mission to invest in the economic development, and more importantly, the individual health and well being of millions of Africans,” said Dr. Darius Mans, President of Africare.
Phase One specializes in bringing modern solutions to the needs of its Federal, Commercial, and International clients. I was recently in Palo Alto and found myself explaining the complexities of the Federal missions to a very prominent incubator. Their eyes widened as I explained the complexities of the Federal sector and the interconnectedness of the missions themselves. Bureaucracy and budgets are tough, but in many instances the complexities of these missions themselves are the very real challenge. Only through the use of modern technologies, and the finesse of a change and innovation oriented firm, can real progress be made.
We face these very real challenges in Federal, but what about International? In parts of the world, governance is a very real issue. The challenges we face in the U.S. market are often small compared to the macro governance challenges in some nations. I reflect today on Namibia's outgoing president, Hifikepunye Pohamba, who has just won the Mo Ibrahim Foundation's $5 million African leadership prize. This prize is designed to be awarded to a leader who has been democratically elected, has left office in the last three years, has only served their constitutionally mandated term, and has displayed "exceptional leadership". The prize has only been awarded 4 times, in its 8 year existence.
Phase One employees volunteered their time and knowledge to teach girls from 6th through 12th grades the variety of career opportunities available to them in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at the recent “Girls in Technology: Sharing Our Success” event.
The evening began with interactive and engaging hands-on demonstrations from over ten companies in the DC Metro area. From a flying drone to a 3-D printer making game pieces, from a computer simulator locating missing assets to a bicycle to demonstrate energy efficiency, the girls had a great time experiencing technologies first-hand and learning more about what they can do to enter STEM careers. Phase One’s very own Ben Newell and Eddie McKulsky were on hand to teach girls basic cybersecurity skills, explaining with how to stay safe online and showing the importance of secure passwords.
Behind the scenes, Casey Linsey and Rachel Peck played key roles in hosting the event by serving on the event’s committee as the point of contact for all the demonstration companies and award presenter.