In today’s government IT budget landscape, there are numerous challenges that pose serious challenges. From shrinking budgets to increased regulation of how dollars are spent, there are issues for IT departments among the nation’s agencies. There are, however, just as many ways for them to overcome federal IT spend constraints with the help of multi-domain architectures.
“We’ve talked about delivering capabilities,” Steve Fetter, Senior Global Strategist at Cisco Systems, began, “and about how [Multi-domain architecture provides] capabilities to the federal government so that they can then produce the outcomes to deliver the mission and business expectation of the constituencies that support them.” Vetter continued, noting that that ability to deliver is paramount and can only be improved as technology continues to iterate.
As noted in an earlier entry in this series, when coupled with an experience partner like CTG Federal or other Cisco Gold Partners, this iterative process can occur as part of a baked-in expectation. Moreover, a partnership can provide an agency with a holistic view of any major government regulation requirements, and more importantly, the ability to smooth out any potential issues.
One major regulation that CTG Federal, among others, is helping agencies overcome is technology business management, which, according to Vetter, is a major bottleneck for tech adoption. “All agencies must submit their budgets to track financial spend data in a way that has never been before,” he said.
This new constraint presents unique hurdles that agencies must be ready to address, which a partnership with a Cisco Gold Partner such as CTG Federal. Such collaboration ensures that any new technology brought into a multi-domain architecture is not only ready to go on day one, but is above board and ready to use.
Another area that agencies must be ready to address is the customer experience, something which recent presidential administrations have made key issues. CX has, in fact, become a major driving force guiding the IT channel and end-users alike. Recent executive orders, including EO 14058, have emphasized the importance of an enhanced customer experience.
With this increased focus, Vetter noted that “the ability of government multi-domain architecture becomes critical as you look at it [as a way to provide a better customer experience.” With an eye on iterative design native to the solution, new technologies can be easily integrated and bring enhanced customer experience to keep up with citizens’ expectations.
Jeff Fossett, Principal Architect for CTG Federal, later added that his company’s end-users have risen to the challenge. “We’re finding that for Federal Government Agencies to successfully pursue Zero-Trust frameworks overall, they must make a decisive transition in how we architect,” Fossett continued.
“How they achieve Visibility, Intent-based IdM, dynamic group policies, segmentation, and full-stack observability from a centralized, integrated point of view empowers Zero-Trust efforts, it all comes down to enabling solutions with next-generation tech, tech like multi-domain architecture. All while maximizing federal IT spend by deploying sensible automation and top-level orchestration. Not just the way of the future, but critical in the ‘now’.”
To learn more about the specific ways the agencies can utilize government multi-domain architecture to overcome federal IT spend restrictions, click here.