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The Agile Advocate: How to Involve Operations in a DevOps World

Tags: Agile, DevOps, cloud, managementPosted: 08/28/2017

Introduction I’ve had the unique opportunity over the last 30+ years to be involved in multiple large, enterprisewide, mission critical application development projects. I’ve also had the opportunity to develop and bring several products to market. In looking back at these projects, the common…

From The Agile Advocate: Musings on DevOps

Tags: DevOps, Agile, cloud, IaaS, managementPosted: 07/20/2017

Introduction For more than 30 years, I’ve been involved in multiple large, enterprisewide, mission critical application development projects. Along the way, I’ve also developed and brought to market several products. In looking back at these projects, the common thread in the successful ones was…

SAMHSA’s Donald Cox on IT in Health Agencies

Tags: Donald Cox, IT, health agencies, cloud, technology, managementPosted: 05/01/2017

SAMHSA frames IT as business technology Donald Cox, chief information officer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, took the position just earlier this year. Generally, his job description includes supporting internal offices with technology needs and sitting on the…

Best Practices for Cloud-Based Testing

Tags: cloud, testingPosted: 04/03/2017

Cloud computing provides “computing” as a service, transforming IT services. Both the software and hardware landscape have rapidly changed in recent years based on the requirements of cloud infrastructure and its increasing popularity. Cloud computing can offer more agility for both software…

Including Ops on the Journey to the Cloud

Tags: DevOps, cloud, management, AgilePosted: 03/06/2017

Is there anything the cloud can’t do? A day doesn’t go by without us hearing about the benefits of the cloud. It can make us healthier, our kids smarter and everyone is happier. And the IT community? It seems to be the biggest benefactor of the cloud. Systems magically get better by migrating to…

Cloudy With a Chance of Audits – Some “Lessons Learned” About Security Compliance for Cloud-Based Applications

Tags: cloudPosted: 09/16/2016

Federal agencies are increasingly turning to cloud-hosted infrastructure and applications to fulfill their IT needs. There are many good reasons to do so. Cloud hosting apps offer potential cost savings while reducing risk of technological obsolescence because the cloud service provider (CSP) is…

Maximizing (and Understanding) DevOps With the Cloud

Tags: DevOps, cloudPosted: 08/01/2015

DevOps and Cloud are two of the hottest topics in the Government IT sector these days. Many agencies/offices are working to get DevOps implemented and their cloud strategies finalized and deployed. Unfortunately, these are both often misunderstood, and missed opportunities to derive efficiencies…

What’s Killing Your Cloud Strategy?

Tags: cloudPosted: 08/01/2015

Do you remember Feb. 11, 2011? The former United States Chief Information Office (CIO), Vivek Kundra, released the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy. The goal of the strategy was to…

What is the Best Approach to Getting Started with the Cloud?

Tags: cloudPosted: 10/01/2014

As a new fiscal year opens, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) know cloud computing is a good option to leverage limited budgets, changing agency goals, and compressed information technology (IT) resources. Stakeholder desire for ubiquitous computing, bring-your-own-device, and the demands for…

Getting Over the Cloud Jitters

Tags: cloud, cloud computing, Federal ITPosted: 04/01/2014

Not so long ago the idea of storing sensitive data in a “cloud” would have seemed preposterous, right? But as more and more organizations have migrated to this concept, it has obviously gained credibility. Still, although the benefits of cloud computing have become widely accepted across the public…