IN THIS ISSUE
September, 2016
Thursday, September, 1, 2016 | Raquel Simpson
Communications Technology and the Workplace
Tags: technology, communications technology
The landline telephone is becoming a thing of the past. Cell phones that allow us to video chat, text, and instant message have forever changed how we talk to each other. According to Time, by the end of 2013, 41 percent of American homes were using cell phones. Technology has not only changed for us on a personal level but also in our work lives. It has a major influence on the ways in which we conduct our business and has a positive impact on how organizations do business. Technology facilitates closer collaboration because employees can work together even if they are located in different parts of the state, country, or even the world. They can access files and documents that are in the cloud and can communicate via teleconferencing and video conferencing, removing the need to travel for meetings.
Thursday, September, 1, 2016 | William Drew
The Developer’s Sandbox: GovernmentCIO Empowering the Dev in DevOps
Tags: DevOps, Developer's Sandbox, Dev Ops
GovernmentCIO has designed and deployed a DevOps pipeline and process that provides what has been coined “The Developer’s Sandbox.” The main objective of the sandbox is to provide as much of the full stack of DevOps to the developers as possible (e.g., static code analysis, integration testing, code and performance analysis) before they push or commit their changes to the code base. In doing so, we have provided the opportunity for developers to practice more confidentially a test-driven, iterative development process and deliver consistently solid, stable changes to the code base.
Thursday, September, 1, 2016 | Mark Lefcowitz
Business Basics: Lean Within the Agile Framework
Tags: agile, Lean, software development, Lean software development, Agile framework
The Agile Framework and Lean methodology have many of the same stated goals: quality, optimization, knowledge creation, and efficiency, but ultimately pursue different goals. Moreover, using either one by itself does not lead to effective business operations. How then, does one marry the two ideologies while maintaining the core values of both?
Thursday, September, 1, 2016 | Reed Racette
Finding the Perfect FIT(ARA): The Challenges of Implementing IT Acquisition Reform
Tags: FITARA, IT acquisition, IT, IT acquisition reform
The Federal Information Technology Reform Act (FITARA), effective January 2015, is designed to improve the way the federal government acquires IT products and services. It gives federal CIOs more power because they now have the final say in all agency IT acquisitions. FITARA also reduces the number of CIOs to exactly one per agency; previously it was not uncommon for an agency to have CIOs in each bureau. With this reform, initiatives like “Cloud First” and “Shared First” can be pushed authoritatively in an agency. The intent is to help find ways to plan and spend wisely.
Thursday, September, 1, 2016 | Jaroslaw Podsiadlo
To BYOD or Not to BYOD – That is the Question
Tags: technology, BYOD, bring your own device
“Can I use my personal laptop for work instead of the one furnished to me by my employer?” “How about using my smartphone and tablet to access my company issued email account and voicemail?” “And what about using my own computer and software to perform work for the company?” These are questions regularly asked both by employees and valued job candidates in businesses of all sizes. What is the right answer to these questions? Should employees be allowed to use their own equipment to perform their employer’s assigned work? At first consideration, there seems to be no downside, but, in truth, the issue is much more complex.