Cartoon illustration of 7 hands holding mobile phonesAPPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

MOBILE APPS: What are the Advantages of Rapid Application Development? Rapid mobile app development (RMAD) requires less know-how, but still reduces the costs and risks typically involved in a traditional app build. Here are some of the advantages of adopting RMAD products. Read more

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Will 2018 be the Year for Blockchain for Government? While 2017 was the year everyone in government talked about blockchain, 2018 may finally mark the year of action. For all the discussion and hype, there are few use cases of the technology to highlight. Jose Arrieta, former director of the General Services Administration’s IT Schedule 70 Contract Operations, was quoted in a recent interview that GSA’s use of blockchain to automate and speed up contracts review for its FAStLane program was — as far as he knew — the only actual proof of concept of a blockchain enabled system in the federal government. Read more

APIs: Why Managing APIs is Critical for Federal Agencies. Federal IT managers are basically software-as-a-service providers and should be prepared to act that way. Read more.

COMMENT: Why is There So Much Customized Software in the Federal Government? Former federal CIO Tony Scott writes, “During my tenure as federal CIO in the Obama administration, one of the things that shocked me most was the enormous amount of custom code that has been (and continues to be) written over the years to support the federal government. Nearly everywhere I looked, I found that regardless of how old or how new (from mainframe all the way to modern cloud), the business applications of the federal government were invariably (and quite alarmingly) almost always based on custom software applications.” Read more.

NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems December 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.


Application & Mobile Development – Daily Tech Update – January 26, 2018

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