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FCW : January 2014
20 December 2013 FCW.COM The big picture Dan Chenok and John Kamensky Two executives from the IBM Center for the Business of Government identify seven signi cant changes to watch for in the coming months This year promises to see signi cant activity across a range of management and technology issues. At the IBM Center for the Business of Government, we have noted a few that are likely to rise above others in terms of attention and potential impact: 1. Managing in the cloud Now that the cloud- rst pol- icy and the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program are maturing, agen- cies are likely to look for new opportunities to leverage cloud computing for a wider range of IT needs, including application development and service provision. Expect a wider discus- sion around standardization as open cloud technologies advance. 2. IT reform In light of recent high-pro le technology implementations and the legislative focus from the House and Senate on IT management and acquisi- tion, various government and industry players will identify potential paths forward. The key will be ensuring that any initiative addresses systemic challenges in man- aging complex technology projects that involve multiple elements if performance is to improve. 3.The Obama management agenda The White House plans to release a four-pronged man- agement reform agenda in early 2014 that focuses on economy, ef ciency, effec- tiveness, and people and culture. 4. Implementing the GPRA Modernization Act This 2010 law is scheduled to go into full implementa- tion in 2014, with a refreshed set of agency strategic plans released in February followed by new annual per- formance plans and agency priority goals. 2014 will see 14 January 2014 FCW.COM Other expert predictions for the year ahead 2014 OUTLOOK WILL HOW CYBERSECUR EVOLVE