Weekly Roundup: IT in 2015
Posted on: January 8, 2015

Data Migration Service Level Agreements for Data Centers

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2014/12/29/data-migration-sla-data-centers/, Dec. 29. 2014

Ms. Nazemoff provides a solid argument for why Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are the foundation for establishing clear objectives and expectations for shared services efforts – and in this particular case, data center consolidations.  Furthermore, SLAs are an excellent communication tool, method to build leadership involvement and stakeholder buy-in, and starting point for facilitating intra-agency collaboration.

 

WR pic 1_01 09 15‘CIOs Shouldn’t Have Five-Year Plans’

http://fcw.com/articles/2014/12/19/it-funding-and-planning.aspx?admgarea=TC_Policy, Dec. 19, 2014

Mr. Rockwell highlights concerns of experienced CIOs that, despite increased IT budgets, federal agencies should continue with disciplined investments and regular program reviews to keep options open for agile technologies and to reduce redundancies. Mr. Tom Sasala, the CIO of the U.S. Army Information Technology Agency sums up the challenge as, “We need goals and objectives for five years ahead, not five-year [budget] plans.”

 

5 Federal IT Changes for the New Year

http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/it/blog/2014/12/17/5-federal-it-changes-for-the-new-year/20543745/, Dec 17, 2014

According to Ms. Rippert, there are several critical factors IT leaders should focus on in the New Year to remain a relevant part of the organization.  Her top points include: increasing emphasis on IT business skills, maintaining a holistic view of data protection and IT integration across processes and departments, and leveraging existing technologies across components to minimize investment costs.