Government to Focus on Agile IT Infrastructure in 2016: Report

By CIOReview | Thursday, December 24, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Government agencies will focus on adopting lean processes for IT development and a shift towards collaborative culture for delivering mission capabilities and reducing the developing and maintaining costs, according to the recent prediction by Booz Allen as it lays out the key trends impacting government agencies in 2016.

Booz Allen has consulted experts across its Systems Delivery Group to draw discussions with C-level clients and industry influencers and developed a list of six emerging trends as key considerations in 2016.

Scaling Agility

According to Booz Allen, agile processes and partnerships with Silicon Valley are two trends that government agencies will see to meet mission requirements and reduce costs. Taking components of successful Agile development processes such as continuous feedback loops, prioritization for value, more frequent development cycles, and increased collaboration, and replicating that on a larger scale will be vital for government agencies in 2016.

Building modern Architectures

It is predicted that in 2016, modular systems and microservice-based architectures will become increasingly important which plays a vital role in reducing the cost of system ownership, accelerate the deployment of new functionality, and improve overall system stability. Leveraging a microservice-based architecture allows development teams to more effectively institute and deploy changes while minimizing the risk of adversely affecting the overall system. 

Considering Open Source Utilities as important segment in IT strategy

In 2016, government agencies will prioritize the move to an open environment, while understanding the related licensing and security considerations of open source solutions, as well as emerging legislative controls which governs its use in federally funded systems. 

Measured Resiliency

Government agencies are giving importance to develop systems with resiliency and extensibility, while lowering the costs and enabling protection. Agencies will accelerate the use of automated tools that provide real-time updates on the quality of code, progress of deployments, and condition of critical IT infrastructures throughout the development and deployment lifecycle.

Building a Team of MVPs (Most Valuable Players) and Driving Culture Shift

Booz Allen predicts government agencies are looking for the highly performing agile teams that close the gaps between ideation and execution. The agencies are driving agile success with the shift towards collaborative culture, constant measurement and automation. Project leads and product owners must effectively communicate goals, provide feedback, and set priorities to continuously maximize the delivery of value.

“With new guidelines and guidance in place, like FITARA and the US Digital Services Playbook, federal agencies are shifting from a ‘keeping the lights on’ mentality to one of constant innovation and iteration,” said Gary Labovich, Executive Vice President, Booz Allen’s Systems Delivery business. “In the year ahead, agency leaders will find that the tools and processes they have at their disposal-DevOps, Agile-will not only assist in their commitment to innovation but also spur a new way of thinking across the organization,” he noted.