Parham Eftekhari

Big Data and shared services, arguably two of the hottest trends in federal IT, posses the unquestionable power to revolutionize our ability to share information, make informed decisions and create knowledge – all while saving taxpayers boatloads of cash. However, despite the myriad memos, initiatives and projects focused on these transformational strategies, the federal IT community does not seem to be giving much attention to one of the most critical requirements needed to truly maximize these systems: bandwidth.

Here is the problem: Keep reading →

One of the many benefits of being the director of research at GTRA is that it offers the opportunity to speak candidly and off the record with countless executives from Defense, Intelligence and Civilian agencies who share what they really care about, not what mandates and initiatives tell them to focus on.

The result is a real-time snapshot of the most frequently made comments by federal IT executives, some of which may come as a surprise. Among the most frequently uttered comments I’ve received over the past few months, which may or may-not come as a surprise: Keep reading →

As anyone with federal experience can tell you, one of the biggest challenges our government faces is the fact that politics, not common sense, oftentimes dictate executive decision making in Washington.

Perhaps one of the most glaring examples of this unfortunate reality is in cases where an incoming leader — say the new federal CIO — comes in and completely scraps the work of his predecessor regardless of its merit or worth. In what is oftentimes nothing more than a yuppie’s way to mark his territory, the all too familiar mantra of “cleaning-house” frequently results in years of productivity, innovation and taxpayer-dollars being flushed down the toilet in order to start with a clean slate. Keep reading →

As part of Government Technology Research Alliance’s new HealthTech initiative, I have spent the past several months conducting research with Health IT leaders from health care organizations, governments and technology providers in order to better understand the needs of this new and growing community of IT practitioners.

While still in its infancy (and some claiming it has not even been born yet!), the application of information technology to the field of human care provides one of the most exciting, practical and literally life-changing examples of how IT can have a profound impact on an industry. Keep reading →