FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: IT Modernization…Four Ways to Pay the Tab. The drivers for modernizing federal IT systems are multiplying. From the escalation in citizen expectations to the incoming mandates from the legislative and executive branch, there is a real and emerging momentum. This is most evident in the recently enacted Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017, which helps bridge the budget gaps that have stifled recent modernization efforts. The challenge now facing agency CIOs is that dedicated MGT funding is insufficient to fully address the decades of “technical debt” that has accumulated in federal systems, despite the heightened expectations prompted by the law’s passage. Read more
QUESTION: What is DevOps? An Executive Guide to Agile Development and IT Operations. To make the most of today’s containers, servers, virtual machines, and clouds, you need to deploy DevOps in your enterprise. Or, you can let your rivals put you out of business. It’s your choice. Read more
FEDERAL INSIGHTS: The Three As of Modernizing Agency Systems: Agile, APIs, Automation. The growth and acceptance of agile or dev/ops to develop software and tools across agencies is both surprising and welcome. Bloomberg Government found in 2017 that spending on agile services increased to $368 million in fiscal 2016 from $242 million in 2015 among the 40 biggest contract vehicles. And we’ve seen agencies such as the Transportation Security Administration, which plans to transform more than 70 applications into a modern architecture through agile, or the Food and Drug Administration, which is moving one step further than agile and by moving to a micro-services architecture, dev/ops or iterative development is catching on quickly. Read more
DOD: Striking a Blow for Agile with DOD Weapons Systems. In a recent report, called Design and Acquisition of Software for Defense Systems, the Defense Science Board (DSB) has raised its influential voice on behalf of a move by the Department of Defense towards greater use of agile development approaches for software being developed for weapons systems. Read more
NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems March 2018 https://www.slideshare.net/BMDS3416/tech-update-summary-from-blue-mountain-data-systems-march-2018.
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.