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What Lurks Deep Inside COTS Acquisition Software License Agreements

We’ve all been there.  It’s the end of a software company’s presentation showing you how their application will be able to solve all your problems.  Life with them will be total bliss.  You find yourself eager to sign up and put the pain of your current software application behind you. What’s the antidote for the ... Read More

Federal CIOs on the Hot Seat Need BPM Software

Vivek Kundra, the first Federal Government CIO, was the keynote speaker at a trade show I attended last week.  This was my first time hearing him tell his personal story of leading government IT transformation.  Vivek recounted a number of specific government IT failures with dollars attached on a scale I’m not used to working ... Read More

Van Roekel to Fed CIOs: Better Learn How to Share

I’m the father of two young boys. It’s clear to me that the more Charlie and Henry learn to share, the better it is for everybody. Their play is more rewarding. They learn from each other. I don’t have to buy them two of everything. Federal CIO Steven Van Roekel wants federal agency CIOs to ... Read More

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Leaving Administration – What’s the Future of Federal IT Reform?

Breaking news today that Federal CIO Vivek Kundra is leaving the White House. Kundra was originally appointed to overhaul the Federal Government’s use of information technology. According to Politico, in the past two-and-a-half years he has overseen $80 billion in federal IT projects. The point of those projects, and Kundra’s strong endorsement of cloud computing ... Read More

The “Green Gov” Challenge: BPM Software Can Help

The Obama administration’s focus on sustainability and new sources of energy will very likely redouble in the coming years, given the President’s remarks on the future of clean energy innovation in January’s state of the union address. Before any of that work can begin, however, a real change of attitude has to be made in the ... Read More

Capital Insider Looks at BPM and Government Efficiency

Mike Beckley, co-founder and CTO of Appian, was interview recently by newscaster Morris Jones on the television program Capital Insider. The discussion centered on how BPM software is helping drive efficiency in the federal government. Mike explained that the imperative in government is not just to trim budgets, but also to improve service. What government does ... Read More

BPM Strengthens OMB’s Program Management Initiative for IT Planning

Part Two of a Four-Part Series (see Part One) One of the most often discussed problems facing the federal government is the graying of the workforce. As more senior employees look to retirement, what can be done to fill the knowledge gap created by their departure? Strengthening program management is one of the underlying themes ... Read More

OMB’s New Federal IT Plan, Made Easier with BPM

[Part One of a Four-Part Series] The Fed’s latest guidelines for improving IT in the public sector virtually scream out for the application of Business Process Management. In December 2010, the Office of Management and Budget announced a 25-point plan to restructure federal IT. The 25 points are based on five broad changes to agency ... Read More

Tackling the Federal Push for Financial Accountability

The Obama Administration is taking a hard line on financial accountability – for both agencies and the contractors who serve them. Business processes are at the heart of this increased scrutiny – the better the processes (in terms of visibility and efficiency) the smoother the reporting back to Congress and other governmental authorities. In late ... Read More

BPM: A Firm Foundation for the Five Pillars of Open Government

Ever since his appointment as Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra has championed the idea that technology can truly transform government. And not just transform it – he wants to make it more open through what have come to be known as Kundra’s “Five Pillars” for IT priorities — innovation, cyber security, transparency, engaging citizens, and lowering ... Read More