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What Does Digital Transformation Mean for Federal CIOs?

Posted by Matt Brooks on Nov 28, 2016 10:44:12 AM


In his blog series on 2016 IT trends, Hitachi Data Systems CTO Hu Yoshida wrote about the disruption third-platform capabilities are bringing to today’s IT environment. Cloud, data analytics, social and mobile are driving growth and major change – especially as IT organizations use them to replace or augment legacy models to create better value, efficiencies and competitive advantage. IDC calls this movement the Digital Transformation.

Hu highlights three areas where Digital Transformation impacts CIO decision making in the commercial market. Here, we’ll explore how they’re consequential for federal IT as well.

Doing More With Less

Cost efficiency is a perpetual concern for government. As stewards of taxpayer dollars, agencies are under constant scrutiny to keep pace with constituents’ needs while operating on constrained budgets. And, government is notoriously siloed, which can result in cost-wasting redundancies.  

Government needs to streamline, and third-platform technologies can help. By adopting these capabilities, agencies can break down barriers and make data transparent and useable at every level. Instead of working with multiple procedures and infrastructures, government can eliminate these silos and implement a single infrastructure. Through virtualization, convergence, cloud and analytics, agencies can consolidate data and reclaim under-utilized assets. CIOs gain a more complete, accurate view of the entire IT environment, which helps them make smarter, cost-effective decisions. And with the scalability, interoperability and agility of the third-platform, agencies can future-proof their IT and save costs over years to come. Virtualization lets IT teams adapt and reuse their processes, memory and storage with a focus on data, not infrastructure – so evolution is easier and costs less.

Without these, agencies will continue to waste money on new systems and upgrades as they try to keep up with a growing deluge of data.

Bimodal IT

Digital Transformation doesn’t require a rip-and-replace of government’s IT systems. Instead, CIOs should adopt a bimodal IT model. Bimodal IT incorporates legacy assets (mode 1) with the agility and speed of third-platform technologies (mode 2). By using assets already in place and augmenting them with mode 2 capabilities, agencies can reclaim under-used resources and put them to better use elsewhere in the organization.

We’re experiencing a major influx of machine data from the Internet of Things (IoT), and it’s only going to grow. More than ever, government must be able to store it, analyze it, and determine how to best utilize it. Many agencies are standing up new infrastructure just to manage this flood of data. But by keeping what they have – and enhancing it with virtualization, analytics and cloud capabilities – they’ll be better able to transition into an IoT-defined world without continuously needing to rebuild from the ground up.

Taking a Bottom-Up Approach to IT Organizations

CIOs can help agencies break down their data silos by taking a bottom-up approach to data management. This is especially key in government, where top-down decisions must try to align with the varied interests of different agencies and sub-agencies. By embracing the third platform, agencies can democratize data so that it’s usable and available at all levels. In turn, this will help end-users on the front lines better identify and communicate needs and areas for improvement. Virtualization and data lake-building eliminate blind spots for leadership by providing a more holistic and real-time view of data throughout the organization.

When information flows upward from multiple sub-agencies, decision makers at the top can run analytics across all of these disparate data sets – helping them discover new correlations and understand what decisions they can make with that data. They’re also better able to develop applications for that data that will serve the organization as a whole.

How Hitachi Supports Government

Increasingly, mission success will rely on government’s ability to manage, govern, mobilize and analyze data effectively. This will require an IT culture that’s infused with third-platform capabilities.

Hitachi offers proven, integrated strategies to help agencies define and refine their path to digital transformation.

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Topics: Data Analytics, Digital Transformation, Bimodal IT, Government, Virtualization, Third-platform, Cloud Services

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