AGILE DevOps: A Path to the Common Ground of Productivity. Best of breed analytics solutions must bridge the gap between data science and production to unify development and deployment into an agile methodology. With that in mind, Florian Douetteau, CEO of Dataiku, has put together an interesting guidebook that discusses how to achieve that level of synergy to build a data project that embodies the ideologies of agility. Read more

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS: Blueprint’s Storyteller Auto-Generates User Stories for Agile Teams. Blueprint is trying to solve one of the biggest problems it sees in the agile industry: user stories. According to the company, too often teams misunderstand project requirements, which result in costly delays and revisions. To solve this, Blueprint is launching Storyteller, a new solution designed to auto-generate high-quality user stories and acceptance criteria. Read the rest

CONTRACTING: Agile Software Development Brings New Contracting Issues. Creating software using an agile software development (“ASD”) methodology is not a new concept, but it is rapidly gaining popularity among software developers based on the notion that ASD yields workable code sooner and in a more efficient manner. However, traditional “waterfall” software development approaches do not easily lend themselves to contracting under an ASD approach. Read more

EPA: How Agile Development Aids FITARA Compliance. As chief information officer of the Environmental Protection Agency, Ann Dunkin is charged with modernizing the IT infrastructure of the 15,000-person strong office. In a recent interview, Dunkin spoke about the progress that EPA is making in reforming its IT acquisition process and the challenge of shifting from legacy systems to agile development. Read the rest


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems June 2016

IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.

BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.


Agile Application Development – Daily Tech Update – July 26, 2016

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