4 Reasons Why Federal Agencies Hang on to Old Technology

According to federal CIO Tony Scott, the U.S. government spends 76% of its $88 billion IT budget on operating and maintaining out-of-date technologies – that’s three times what is spent on modern systems. And while the proposed Modernizing Government Technology Act seeks to change all that with a centralized fund that agencies can apply for, in the meantime, aside from money, why are federal agencies so resistant to switching out old IT?

Are Your Features Really Your Requirements?

Adaptive brake lights are a great feature hampered by the fact that the real audience doesn't know it exists and doesn't know how to interpret it - expertly specified, elegantly executed, completely useless. How did this get from need to requirement to execution, yet turn out so badly? For obvious reasons, my mind went immediately to my 10+ years of system operations experience, supporting web applications.