May 16, 2018

Cloud looming on the horizon at Department of Commerce

By Tom O’Keefe, immixGroup consultant

Agency IT leaders are collaborating more closely than ever with their business and finance peers to justify the value of every dollar spent throughout the Department of Commerce. This shift in mindset is significant and pervasive throughout the department as they strive to set standards for the newest technologies.

There’s a lot going on in IT right now, from preparing for the 2020 census count, to conducting weather research. Cloud, cybersecurity and mobility solutions are high priorities, as is supercomputing for the cycle-intensive weather systems.

Let’s take a look at what is happening across the Department of Commerce.

  • At USPTO, the OCIO has a group, the Office of Program Administration, that works to ensure requirements are in line with the future needs of the mission. OCIO is seeking network and security solutions to upgrade the agency’s IT environment, as well as automation tools that can help cut the review time for patents and trademarks.

There’s still quite a bit of money for new projects and programs, and, moving forward, the agency will be looking for transformative technologies to revolutionize business processes.

  • At NOAA, many of its largest services have their own IT organizations developing mission-specific systems – from supporting weather and climactic satellites, to tracking changing ocean patterns. Aligning the needs of the mission with next-generation IT, like supercomputing or cloud technologies, is a priority for IT stakeholders.

Securing the nation’s weather systems is of the utmost importance, so cybersecurity technologies are in high demand.

  • At the Census Bureau, the Decennial IT division is racing to finalize the systems that will support the 2020 Decennial Census. This includes identifying technology for census workers in the field, as well as the back office support as the workforce grows to conduct the count.

The Census Bureau is investigating cloud, mobility solutions and cybersecurity technologies to protect the sensitive personal information being collected as a part of the count. Expect to see close collaboration between IT and mission owners to make sure the 2020 Decennial Census is pulled off without a hitch.

With all the diverse missions underway in the Department of Commerce, the best bet for business might be to reflect the collaborative message of IT working together with mission owners and agency executives, and demonstrating the value of every IT dollar.

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This post originally appeared on immixGroup’s Government Sales Insider blog.