As one of the leading advocates for government adoption of commercial IT standards and innovations of the $3.8Trillion global IT market, I am impressed with the breadth of thinking behind IC-ITE strategy. As with any strategy, it is only as good as the resources and expertise used to implement. One of governments biggest challenges, per OMB, Congress and two dozen studies, is its over reliance on traditional Defense suppliers who only serve the public sector. As the federal IT market is less than 1/2 of 1% of the global market, it stands to reason that efforts must be made to embrace public/private partnership that reach beyond its primary suppliers. This would avert repeating the same mistakes of early adopters of similar IT consolidation strategies; CitiGroup, BoA, FedEx, GM, Caterpillar, IBM, etc. The problem is exacerbated by a water fall acquisition process that takes too long, cost too much and leads to unnecessary custom and proprietary systems. We are often buying yesterday's technology,...tomorrow, and many times the cost we should be paying. Hopefully we will learn from similar sound strategies that failed to deliver the promised savings and value; NECC, DII COE, SENTINEL, ECSS, to name a few.
IC-ITE and JIE have solved one big challenge, and that is LEADERSHIP SUPPORT, which is often missing with IT programs. But other challenges remain that could upend the good work already done. The IT-AAC leadership have published a Roadmap for Sustainable IT Acquisition Reform that incorporates the works of dozens of study groups and standards bodies working in the public interests. Free for download at www.IT-AAC.org Comments welcome.
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