Ensuring the Transparency of Government: Streamlining FOIA

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), established more than 50 years ago, was designed to give citizens access to federal records, ensuring an informed citizenry. While the intent of FOIA has remained constant, the use of FOIA has grown exponentially in recent years creating an economic and logistical burden on… Read More

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Data Analytics in the Continuum of Health

This article originally appeared on the NVTC Blog. Data is being generated at unprecedented levels – with more than 2.5 quintillion bytes being created every day. Unlocking the potential value of this data will help accelerate research, develop targeted therapeutics and improve the delivery of healthcare. Today’s information and… Read More

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Significantly Reduced Regression Testing Time for Dovel

  Challenge Dovel has supported several projects within the federal government. One specific project required 936 man hours of regression testing time, and six testing resources were allocated towards this regression effort. Dovel delivered development, operations, maintenance, and enhancement support for this project and continues to provide ongoing regression testing… Read More

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Managing Effective Migration to Two Factor Authentication

In June 2015, the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was the victim of a data breach that exposed the confidential records of over 20 million government employees and contractors.  About a year earlier, a report issued by OPM’s Office of the Inspector General found “significant deficiencies” in OPM’s IT… Read More

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How Second-Wave Agile Practitioners Can Fix a Tarnished Agile Reputation

Interest in Agile development methodologies has increased dramatically in the past decade and has resulted in the increase of training, certification exams and conferences plastering the term on every form of marketing material available and has certainly bolstered the appeal of delivering usable software in a reduced timeframe for less… Read More

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4 Questions to Consider Before Creating a New IT Training Program

A well-executed IT training program can be an invaluable resource. A strong and thoughtful program can expand the use of a new software or system which increases productivity, efficiency, and consistency. A training program can expand an existing system to new customers to increase revenue or demonstrate a commitment to… Read More

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Successfully Creating Value Added Documentation Using Agile Software Development in Heavily Regulated Environments

When technology supports heavily regulated industries, comprehensive documentation is viewed as a critical IT deliverable that provides evidence of compliance, assists in maintaining continuity of operations, and demonstrates transparency to key stakeholders. However, requirements for comprehensive documentation can present a major challenge for adoption of Agile principles because they require… Read More

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Built to Fail: System Resiliency is not Relegated to the Cloud

Advances in software architecture over the last 8-10 years have led to more complex and dynamic software architectures in the form of distributed systems. Read More

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Agile 2015: Key Takeaways

Last week, we attended Agile 2015, an annual conference organized by the Agile Alliance “dedicated to furthering Agile principles and providing a venue for people and ideas to flourish.” In 2013 and 2014, we had the pleasure of speaking at the annual… Read More

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Can Agile Really Work in Heavily Regulated IT Environments?

For the past several decades, Waterfall has been the leading software development methodology in heavily regulated IT environments. However, Waterfall’s popularity has declined in recent years as heavily regulated industries have increased acceptance of Agile software development practices. For example, the Federal government has released a number of recent… Read More

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