ACT-IAC recently released a step-by-step report for agency IT modernization efforts.
According to the report, many Federal agencies rely on outdated, obsolete technologies for critical missions and daily operations–spending about three-quarters of their IT budgets on maintenance of those systems. At the same time, legislation like the IT Modernization Fund (ITMF)–a $3.1 billion fund for agency modernization efforts–challenges Federal agencies to modernize their systems. Providing a modernization lifec ycle process, modernization strategies, and recommended keys to success, ACT-IAC’s report aims to help the government increase the success of its modernization projects.
“Legacy system modernization is a complex, challenging issue but it can be successful if it is planned and managed properly,” said Richard Spires, former Department of Homeland Security chief information officer and senior adviser, in a press release. “One of the most important keys to success is getting all of the senior stakeholders, from mission leaders to support functions like IT, finance and acquisition, together to actively plan and oversee the effort from start to finish.”
The organization noted that modernization is not a one-time effort, but an ongoing, critical process.
As noted in the report, “Modernizing onto newer technologies is critical to help agencies improve their services to citizens, enhance government operations, and strengthen cybersecurity. Modernizing legacy systems can be very challenging, risky, costly, and resource intensive; but, with the right strategic approach, the risks can be mitigated and costs lowered.”
To learn more about ACT-IAC’s modernization guidance for your agency, check out the report:
Legacy System Modernization–Addressing Challenges on the Path to Success