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Looking for the Digital Transformation Easy Button? Start with a Reference Architecture.

John Kuzma, Industry Technical Specialist at Intel

April 19, 2019  |  Cloud

Digital transformation is both a critical priority for government and a seemingly overwhelming task. But it doesn’t need to be daunting. Reference architectures can help agencies pursue digital transformation, reach the speed of technology and realize new possibilities without the added costs and hassle of building and deploying their own environments.

As verified, tested IT building blocks, reference architectures act as a proven road map, giving agencies confidence that the solution will meet their needs. Starting with a validated reference architecture means the heavy lifting has already been done for the agency. IT teams can then focus on optimizing infrastructure utilization, rather than the more mundane task of configuration.

While some agencies are already finding reference architecture to be the easiest way to achieve their IT goals—the Intelligence Community plans to use reference architecture for its enterprise capabilities by 2020—those considering it should know what sets the best solutions apart.

A reference architecture is only valuable if it helps agencies deliver on their missions. With that in mind, the most effective reference architecture is flexible and customizable. This means the ability to easily add or upgrade components without degrading performance. It also means making the components of modernization, like cloud environments and integrated security, easier and more compatible.

Cloud has become a hallmark of federal digital transformation, but the transition hasn’t always been easy. As agencies move to the cloud, reference architectures act as tools to enable quick growth, while maintaining a level of comfort and consistency. They eliminate instability and inconsistency for the end user. As agencies determine the best cloud environment for their unique needs, a reference architecture can help sort through all the options and simplify the process.

This links directly to agency cyber security needs. Through a good reference architecture solution, security can be integrated in IT environments seamlessly from the edge to the cloud. By offering built-in security, including all necessary components, locking down systems is a lot less complicated. 

But to take advantage of these benefits, it’s essential to find the right partners and vendors. Agencies should look for flexibility, vendor neutrality and familiarity with the federal space.

Utilizing a new reference architecture shouldn’t make it more difficult to use other agency systems. Intel has developed new architectures for storage, analytics and cloud. No OEM is specified, keeping the solution vendor neutral and flexible. Intel also understands the federal landscape and the requirements of that very particular market, making it much easier to navigate.

A reference architecture is the easy button for digital transformation. Minimizing disruption on the journey and taking advantage of tested frameworks make cloud environments and digital transformation more accessible.

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