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is expected to spend $89 billion on IT in fiscal year 2017, with the overwhelming majority — 77 percent — going toward outdated, vulnerable, and expensive-to-maintain systems.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.
Cybersecurity is front and center on the minds of nearly all federal IT professionals.
Huge budgets and myriad laws, policies, directives, best practices, products and services are dedicated to protecting federal IT applications and data. In fact, one could argue that we deploy more money and people to cybersecurity than any other organization in the world. Hack after hack leads us to only one question: Why are we failing?
Jerad Speigel, CEO at Phase One, discusses how industry can help shape I.T. policy in the Trump administration. Watch the 6 minute clip from the Monday, December 5 episode of Government Matters, hosted by Francis Rose.
Phase One reached another milestone by becoming a Platinum Salesforce Consulting Partner on December 1, 2016. This elite-tier status reflects Phase One’s ability to provide Salesforce integration and development services within some of the most complex client technology environments in the world. Phase One’s successes are due in part to its rich history of technology consulting services and the need for those skills on larger, transformative Salesforce integration efforts. Being a Platinum level partner places Phase One into a select tier within the Salesforce partner ecosystem, and most notably, Phase One becomes the only Platinum level Salesforce partner focused exclusively on the $80B federal IT market.
We have finally reached the conclusion of a presidential campaign that seemed like it would never end. Thankfully, we can now focus our energy on the future and what steps the incoming administration must take to improve how government operates. And regardless of whether the Trump administration is more concerned about the cost of government or how well the government delivers services to citizens, the state of federal IT will be a critical contributing factor.