Achieving agency missions becomes harder and more complex every minute. But with a limited budget, many agencies are stuck between the need to deliver new services and the cost of supporting old infrastructure. To break the cycle of dependence on proprietary systems and endless service contracts, agencies need simpler, widely compatible network infrastructure that empowers IT and accelerates mission performance.
The Federal Forum notes, “Networks are at the heart of IT, but on the edges of agency modernization.” Brocade agrees. With so much technology being modernized at the federal level, computer networks should be a higher priority.
Brocade is leading a movement to improve the infrastructure of federal networks. History illustrates that when a wave of change takes place you’re either leading the charge or watching from the sidelines. Will your agency be left out as others modernize their IT networks?
Terms like data center consolidation, virtualization, cloud computing, remote access and infrastructure diversification may as well be Greek to most of us outside the IT world. But a study, conducted by MeriTalk, estimates that if all five initiatives mentioned above are implemented, then the federal government would save over $20 billion. However, the same survey found that two thirds of managers claimed their networks are ill equipped to embrace such initiatives and are barely meeting current needs.
We know what it takes to decrease our budget and improve efficiency, but what steps are necessary to equip IT managers with the right resources to implement these plans?
In another Meritalk study, organizations with complex networks are three times as likely to experience troubles than those with simpler networks. Likewise, over half of the IT managers surveyed claimed their network complexity increased in the past year.
How many agencies are equipped to handle such a change? Why are networks become more complicated when they can barely utilize their current systems?
At the 2014 Brocade Federal Forum, several industry leaders will look to answer these questions and more. The forum will explore various topics within the IT field with government leaders, provide practical insights on how to change your agency’s process, and offer continuing professional education (CPE) credits for attendance.
The Federal Forum is August 13th, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC.
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