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Federal IT modernization

Reimagining core systems

The time is now. As digital, cyber, cloud, and other disrupters drive change across business sectors and government, the need for modernization has never been more clear. IT modernization provides agencies opportunities to drive technology-enabled outcomes across the enterprise.​

Why shift to IT modernization

For most agencies, core systems have delivered reliable and consistent results for decades. In many cases, however, they have become difficult and costly to maintain. Federal budgets have not kept pace with increasing maintenance costs, limiting investments in new capabilities. What’s more, security vulnerabilities continue to increase risk of exposure. Additionally, as mainframe developers decrease in number, the critical knowledge required to maintain these systems disappears.

Modernization can seem overwhelming, bringing with it significant costs, level of effort, and risk of failure. For some organizations, just the switch from a “green screen” to a modern web user interface (UI) can seem daunting and make cloud, analytics, digital, and other modern capabilities seem unachievable. Federal IT leaders may think they have only two options: 1) maintain the status quo or 2) conduct an expensive and risky “rip and replace”. Fortunately, there is another way.

Technology Trends 2017: The kinetic enterprise

Macro forces—such as digital, analytics, cloud, core modernization, and the changing role of IT—are at the heart of the technology trends that are fueling innovation and growth in both the private and public sectors. From dark analytics to blockchain to machine intelligence and beyond, the time to start exploring this fast-paced world—and harnessing the value it promises—is now. In this rapidly changing, kinetic environment, effective organizations are embracing changes in technology to reinvent and revitalize themselves.

Explore Technology Trends 2017: A government perspective.

Digital transformation: Bridging the new digital divide

Scores of private sector businesses across industries have transformed into digital organizations, leveraging digital capabilities to improve time-to-market and customer experience and engagement, while enabling real-time insight into data. While there has been scattered digital success among public sector organizations, public sector agencies overwhelmingly struggle to mature their digital offerings. Agencies that do not follow this digital journey are expected to experience tremendous headwinds that will become exacerbated over time as the expectations of citizens, employees, and other stakeholders will grow as their digital experiences grow. As a result, Deloitte has set out to first understand and then to share the results from federal agencies that have already demonstrated success with digital transformation initiatives, in order to inform federal agencies that are considering digital transformations.

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Operationalizing federal IT modernization

With agencies operationalizing the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) and the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) $3B IT Modernization Fund showing strong promise as it moves into the legislative process, 2016 is shaping up to be a year when federal IT modernization moves beyond abstract discussions and into practical implementation.

Beth McGrath, a director with Deloitte Consulting LLP and former Department of Defense (DoD) deputy chief management officer, and Chris O’Connell, vice president of Appian’s federal division, share their thoughts.

Read Operationalizing federal IT modernization.​

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10 IT modernization tips: Federal CIOs share their best practices

With the latest Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) deadline on April 30, 2016, federal agencies are closely examining their IT budgets, acquisition processes, and organizational workflows.

Deloitte and Appian asked several federal CIOs from across government for their best IT modernization tips, lessons learned, and perspective to help their peers continue to tackle transformation.

Check out the 10 IT modernization tips.​

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David  Wennergren

David Wennergren

Managing Director | Deloitte Consulting LLP

Dave is a federal technology leader with a focus on government IT modernization and transformation. He has served in numerous high-profile roles across the Department of Defense (DoD) and the federal ... More

Kyle Cruley

Kyle Cruley

Principal – Federal | Deloitte Consulting LLP

Kyle is a principal within Deloitte Consulting LLP and leads their Federal Application Modernization practice, helping government agencies transform legacy systems into modern solutions. He specialize... More