Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has completed its acquisition of Phase One Consulting Group, Inc., a privately held Alexandria, Virginia-based company specializing in modernization and digital transformation for the federal market.
The acquisition of Phase One, which was first announced on June 7, 2017, expands Accenture’s capabilities to support key infrastructure and application modernization initiatives that are designed to enable federal agencies to deliver greater agility, better security, and cost savings. Phase One offers secure cloud solutions for cabinet departments and federal agencies, supporting wide-ranging missions across national infrastructure, finance and regulatory services, human services, healthcare, and homeland security sectors
The cyber EO states that it is the policy of the executive branch to build and maintain a modern, secure and more resilient IT architecture, and that agency heads should show preference for shared IT services, including cloud services.
In 1971, Saul Alinsky published Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals. It is considered to be the seminal work on “disrupting” the status quo in order to bring about needed change.
With a nod to Alinksy, we need to focus on another kind of disruption -- the way government leverages IT to serve its citizens. If you believe change is needed, and want realistic approaches to transformation, here are seven important Rules for IT Radicals.
ARLINGTON, VA; June 7, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has entered into an agreement to acquire Phase One Consulting Group, Inc., a privately held Alexandria, Virginia-based company specializing in modernization and digital transformation for the federal market. Phase One is a leader in delivering high-impact Salesforce solutions that help transform government. Once the acquisition is complete, the Phase One team will join Accenture Federal Services.
There are very, very few non-partisan issues in the Beltway: the traffic is terrible, the weather makes no sense lately, and the federal government needs to improve its information technology (IT) infrastructure.
It is unfathomable that the federal government is expected to spend $89 billion on IT in fiscal year 2017, with the overwhelming majority — 77 percent — going toward outdated, vulnerable, and expensive-to-maintain systems. Yet, that is the truth. Many people refer to this as legacy IT, but I have a different phrase: dying IT.
The recent release of the Trump administration’s budget proposal sent shockwaves through government. National news coverage has focused on the striking differences between increases in defense and homeland security budgets and marked decreases -- if not outright elimination -- of other federal agencies. Yet while the news media looks at the political ramifications from the proposal, there is another story lurking under the surface.
As President Donald Trump formalizes his tech team and the administration’s tech agenda, one of the most pressing questions within federal IT circles has come to a close center on modernization—will federal technology continue down the path to transformation? Early indications from the new Trump administration are positive, ranging from a series of remarks made by the president’s senior advisers, as well as early drafts of tech-related executive orders.
Jerad Speigel, CEO at Phase One, discusses the state of I.T. policy in the Trump administration. Watch the 6 minute clip from the Monday, December 5 episode of Government Matters, hosted by Colby Hochmuth.