CTOs in the government contracting industry have seen their roles elevated, thanks to the demands that come with the technological advances of the last five years.
Corporations depend on technology to help advance their companies, like humans depend on oxygen. It“™s almost impossible to have one without the other.
The challenge for companies is how will they react to the new technology and how will they best use it to their advantage. Speaking to Washington Technology, CTOs shared their views about the latest trends in the IT world, including cloud computing. A hot issue for corporations and government agencies, cloud computing, according to Bob Brammer, information systems VP for Northrop Grumman, comes with its own issues as it’s maturing.
“Cloud computing is a new area that a lot of people are trying to figure out,“ he told Washington Technology. “It“™ll take another three to five years for it to reach any maturity at all.“
Brammer also noted performance issues as other problems cloud computing brings about. “People have found that in terms of retrieval time and latency, you can“™t predict performance from use to use,“ he said. “So performance predictability of data management in the cloud is important to us.“
The constant acceleration of technological advances in the mobile industry have demanded cloud computing. Executive Vice President and CTO of CACI International Deborah Dunie said “the entire world has gone mobile, so the reality is we have a mobile workforce and mobile lifestyle.“
Data fusion and how to manage and use it resourcefully is another challenge for CTOs. “Big data-how to manage it, process it and make decisions based on these huge sets of data that are beyond a terabyte-that“™s a real stress factor,“ Brammer said.
Last but not least, cybersecurity is one of the top issues CTOs deal with on a daily basis. Deputy CTO for IBM Federal Robert Ames said the world of IT is growing at great speed, and as the world is more interconnected than ever, the threat grows exponentially.