Friday, January 13, 2012

Setting the Agenda for 2012 and Beyond

I'm looking at the Federal agenda for 2012 as set out a few weeks ago by Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel. This is what I see:

  • Cloud
  • Mobility
  • Modular Development
  • Cyber Security
Nothing wrong with this, but it seems to me that for 2012 from a strategic perspective this is looking backward a little.  The federal strategy for cloud was layed out by Vivek Kundra and it was a good one and is moving forward.  Mobility is here, it is a fact. We should already be where it is we're trying to get to.  It is driven by the private economy and we are consumed by it.  We should be delivering services to it and we are so it is a matter really of continuing along a path that is already established.  NASA, for example, has some wonderful iOS and Android apps as well as EPA, TSA, and many others.  Continue to push mobile, that is good, but it is already a well established path prior to 2012.  I'm not sure exactly what all is envisioned with the modular development concept based on this information, but it too seems like a preexisting thing. And cyber security, now that has been water that we all must drink and it's not about to disappear any time soon.  Applying it to the cloud environments we are moving to is something that must be adopted to and incorporated ASAP as well as a new approach that is focused on a better understanding of threats and vulnerabilities.

The 2012 strategic agenda that I am looking at is more like this:
  • The Internet of Things
  • Semantic Web
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • The Social Web, eDemocracy, and the Explosion of Knowledge
I know that these concepts have been around for a while as well, but beginning in 2012, we have ways to leverage them as never before to dramatically impact government.  I'd love to hear your ideas.

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