The Data Briefing

How Federal Leaders Can Build the Will, Skill, and Velocity Needed for Digital Transformation

Sep 6, 2017 |

Learning—and practicing—five imperatives of network leadership can help agencies improve their odds for successful digital transformation. Many organizations are undergoing digital transformation because the organizations see that it is necessary for long-term survival. However, digitally reinventing the organization is “one of the hardest journeys to make.” According to industry experts, two-thirds of organizations will fail Read »

How Federal Leaders Can Build the Will, Skill, and Velocity Needed for Digital Transformation

The Data Briefing: Ten Years of Digital Transformation—Lessons Learned

Jul 26, 2017 |

Since 2007, a major consulting firm has conducted an annual survey on organizations’ “Digital IQ.” In the ten years of organizations grappling with digital transformation, what has been learned? Read »

The Data Briefing: Ten Years of Digital Transformation—Lessons Learned

The Data Briefing: Design-Driven Enterprise Architecture Creating the New Federal Government Agency

Jun 7, 2017 |

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in on enterprise architecture (EA). My last in-depth work with EA was around 2011 when I was on detail to the Office of Personnel Management’s Open Government Team. The EA model I worked with was the top-down organizational design of information technology assets, data assets, and business processes. Read »

The Data Briefing: How to Best Prepare Federal Government Datasets for Chatbots

May 10, 2017 |

Forbes magazine recently ran an article showcasing six handy mobile apps that were built using federal government open data. The apps range from the Alternative Fueling Station Locator to ZocDoc (a doctor locator). What I especially like about the Forbes article is that the author describes the federal government data sets behind each app. There Read »

The Data Briefing: Understand Serverless Architecture in Three Minutes

Mar 15, 2017 |

You may have heard of “serverless architecture” or Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lambda product and wondered what is unique about this new buzzword. As with many new digital cloud technologies, serverless architecture could mean two things. It may be applications that are built using third-party cloud applications. Or serverless architectures could be pieces of code Read »

The Data Briefing: Finding the New Federal Government Technologists

Mar 8, 2017 |

This week, I want to briefly discuss the human resources challenges in finding the new IT technology workers for the government. As agencies move toward microservices, artificial intelligence chatbots, and deep learning application programming interfaces (APIs), the demand for experts in these fields continues to grow fast. The universities and professional development programs are not Read »

The Data Briefing: It Takes an Online Community to Digitally Transform an Organization

Nov 23, 2016 |

The open source movement has changed how we develop software, create content, and even do science. Using a community to help complete projects and bring about change has become so ubiquitous in the last ten years that it has even earned a name — crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is a powerful tool and is now being used to help Read »

The Data Briefing: Four Steps to Becoming a Data-Driven Organization

Nov 9, 2016 |

As the Federal government agencies begin the digital transformation journey, becoming a data-driven organization is even more vital. What does it mean to become a data-driven organization? According to one definition, “[a] data-driven company is an organization where every person who can use data to make better decisions, has access to the data they need Read »

The Data Briefing: Learning from the U.S. Cities on How to Implement Big Data Initiatives

Nov 2, 2016 |

A recent study of big data initiatives in 65 cities has interesting guidance for Federal big data initiatives. The researchers studied how data is collected and then used for decision making in what they called “the framework for Big Data initiatives.” There are two major cycles in the framework: “The data cycle governs the tools Read »

The Data Briefing: Help Predict the Future of Federal Government Data

Oct 26, 2016 |

In December, I plan to write two postings detailing a scenario analysis for the next ten years of the Federal government’s data technologies. Governments are on the cusp of amazing technological advances propelled by artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies, and the Internet of Things. Also, governments will face new challenges such as the recent global cyber Read »

The Data Briefing: Using Artificial Intelligence to Augment the Work of Frontline Government Employees

Oct 19, 2016 |

You have probably read about the recent release of the White House’s report on using artificial intelligence (AI). As with previous technologies, AI holds much promise in the areas of education, commerce, criminal justice, the environment—almost all aspects of the American public’s life. AI also poses a danger if it is not properly managed and Read »

The Data Briefing: Twenty Years of USAJOBS

Oct 12, 2016 |

I recently sat down with Michelle Earley, Program Manager, to discuss the new changes for the 20th anniversary of USAJOBS. 1) What are the three big lessons learned from 20 years of building and managing USAJOBS? I think one of the greatest benefits of being an Agile program is that we are constantly learning. In Read »

The Data Briefing: The Federal Data Cabinet—Promoting Data Literacy, Cultural Change, and the Federal Data Applications Ecosystem

Oct 5, 2016 |

Last Wednesday, the White House held the first Open Data Summit to showcase the open data accomplishments of the Obama Administration. One of the highlights was the formation of a government-wide “data cabinet.” Announced by Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil, the data cabinet is essentially a community of practice comprising the Federal agency’s data professionals. As Read »

The Data Briefing: A New Perspective on the Digital Transformation of Government

Sep 28, 2016 |

One day, at an unnamed agency, the Outlook server crashed. The server stayed down for the rest of the afternoon. Deprived of email and meeting calendars, employees wandered around trying to remember what meetings they had to attend. Other employees went searching for people who they ordinarily would email. There was confusion that made people Read »

The Data Briefing: Should U.S. Federal Employees Become Data Science Literate?

Sep 21, 2016 |

The United Kingdom’s (UK) Digital Service has researched ways to increase data science literacy among the UK public service. Data science literacy goes further than data literacy, in that civil servants will know how to apply data science concepts and methods in their everyday work. I thought it would be useful to share the UK Read »

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