FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: New Platform Tries to Bring Some Normalcy to the Agile Craze. New data from Bloomberg Government shows spending on agile services increased to $368 million in fiscal 2016 from $242 million in 2015 among the 40 biggest contract vehicles. The MITRE Corp. developed a free online platform called Acquisition in the Digital Age (AiDA) to provide tools, references and best practices for agencies to use agile methodologies. Read more

CLOUD: Can an Agile Cloud Plug the ‘Brain Drain’ in Public Service? Do stacks of paperwork detailing security and compliance regulations keep talented innovators out of government agencies that badly need them? Read the rest

STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT: 5 Tech Projects That Show Major Benefits Can Come from Modest Investments. In these days of agile development, with Silicon Valley preaching the virtues of failing fast and moving on, it’s hard to see a place for the traditional great big IT procurement in government. Find out more

LEARN: How to Build an Agile Marketing Team Across Time Zones. Agile marketing is focused around core teams that are always innovating, testing, analyzing and revising, an approach that’s made even more challenging these days by two fast-growing organizational trends: freelance employees and remote teams. One result of these trends is that companies – even small ones – must find ways to collaborate across time zones to deliver competitive marketing services to their clients and customers. Here are four techniques for staying agile. Read more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems May 2017

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 Applications – Daily Tech Update – June 28, 2017

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