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FCW : July 30, 2015
Buy 16 July 30, 2015 FCW.COM If agencies had all the money and time they needed, most would probably still prefer to build their own IT applications and house them on hardware located on agency premises. But that option is no longer viable. Now, IT departments are governed by an ever-present squeeze on budgets and resources and a brave new world of 24/7 expectations — from the public to provide informa- tion and services and from their own employees for the up- to-date tools they need to do their jobs. The appeal of building solutions in-house will likely never go away. The bespoke approach, after all, comes with the abil- ity to exercise greater control over development and quality, integrate new technology more tightly with existing applica- tions, better track documentation for ongoing support and react more quickly to requirement changes. Some agency IT leaders have even pushed back against a headlong rush to the new. Last year, Terry Halvorsen, who was the Navy Department’s CIO at the time, cautioned that new is not always the answer. “In today’s world, where technology changes in the blink of an eye and the race to be faster, more capable, bigger, etc., moves at lightning speed, we sometimes forget to ask ourselves that very simple question,” he wrote in a blog post. “As prudent stewards of [Navy] resources, we have to decide BY BRIAN ROBINSON or It’s a timeless question — and the answer might not be as clear-cut as agencies think build? 0730fcw_016-019.indd 16 7/14/15 9:10 AM
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