FedTech – How DHA and USDA Have Cleaned Up Their Cluttered App Portfolios

“Complexity and redundancy built up — mostly by people making the right decision for the time — and the result is increased cost, increased overhead and increased security risk,” says Army Col. Richard Wilson, the agency’s solution delivery division chief. “It takes a lot of hard work to undo.”

“However, in the six years since the Office of Management and Budget began pushing agencies to get rid of duplicative or unnecessary IT investments, the DHA has been clearing out excess technology, and has saved more than $430 million, he says.”

“The task is challenging. Application rationalization takes time, scrupulous methodology and a little help from technology. But it’s necessary for agencies to trim down overly complex app portfolios, which translate into multiplying interfaces and redundant data stores — not to mention a daunting number of passwords and workflows for users.”

“To help the IT staff clear the thicket of applications, DHA uses the Program Accountability Management Tool from CA Technologies and several open-source technologies for tasks such as mapping application usage, cataloging requirements, tracking software licenses and identifying critical applications whose continuity and security require extra attention.”

“Key elements of the DHA’s application modernization strategy include…” Read the full article here.

Source: How DHA and USDA Have Cleaned Up Their Cluttered App Portfolios – By Tommy Peterson, July 23,2018. FedTech.

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