By Barbara S. Kinosky, Esq.
There’s a revived focus on the topic and implementation of Information Technology modernization within the federal government in 2019.
IT drives innovation and innovation is the most direct route to business success. Innovation in government contracting has the same impact that steam had on the industrial revolution. In fact, it’s hard to imagine any organization that has not benefited from the digital revolution.
As we begin 2019, several government agencies have begun implementing the process of applying digital transformation in the way they deliver value to the people they serve.
Technologies like digitized service platforms, cloud services, DevOps, AI for data analysis, and more are being used to foster efficiency and help government agencies scale their processes to serve the public better and maintain a competitive advantage.
The goal is to catch up to the private sector in the way they serve people to meet the demands of an evolving American public better. However, like anything else, there are always budget and talent constraints that can hinder the process and force government agencies to prioritize certain aspects of evolution above others.
A few trends that seem to be emerging in 2019 include a transition from “cloud first” to “cloud smart.” The government is using cloud services more than ever, which means it’s important to consider issues like integrating cloud security, workforce strategies, and procurement.
Another trend is using the Internet of Things to help process data in a way that is “smart” instead of brushing off IoT as just another new technology. Governments in the public sector using IoT are creating new opportunities in cities and making life better for the people that live there.
There are also ways that the use of AI can help government agencies boost their efficiency and reduce their costs in areas like border services, health services, social services, social security, and more. AI may help governments uncover new ways of sharing, analyzing, and integrating massive amounts of data to help create better programs and services for citizens.
DevOps is continuing to bring benefits like increased productivity using automation, cost savings within departments, and other tangible benefits to help improve collaboration between different departments.
As a federal government contractor, it’s best to invest in a better understanding and solutions of modernization that’s happening in the federal IT space. Organizations should begin making substantial progress in their steps to modernize their infrastructures and technology systems if they want to meet rising demands from the public and maintain a competitive edge.
“Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation.”- Dean Kamen
About the Author:
Barbara Kinosky is the Managing Partner of Centre Law and Consulting and has more than twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of federal government contracting. Barbara is a nationally known expert on GSA and VA Schedules and the Service Contract Act, and she has served as an expert witness for federal government contracting cases.