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Potomac Officers Club to Host Secure IT Modernization in Today’s Environment on Aug. 19th; Featuring State Dept’s Michael Mestrovich as Keynote Speaker

Michael Mestrovich, principal deputy chief information officer at the State Department’s Bureau of Information Resource Management, will serve as a keynote speaker at Potomac Officers Club’s Secure IT Modernization in Today’s Environment Virtual Event on Wednesday, August 19th. Click here to register for the Secure IT Modernization in Today’s Environment Virtual Event.

The event will address the integration and expansion of 5G and other emerging technologies; adaptation to a “new normal,” such as teleworking and reentry; and how leaders and businesses can use mission software factories to their advantage.

Adaption, Integration and Expansion of 5G

A recent report by Acquire Market Reports noted that Global 5G Technology in the Emergency Services Market, with the help of effective and updated data, has the potential to support the decision-making process.

The report added that COVID-19 can affect the global market in 3 ways: by directly affecting production and demand, by creating supply chain and market disruption and by its financial impact on enterprises and financial markets.

With the integration and expansion of 5G technologies, connected devices will experience vast improvements in speed, responsiveness and capacity, which will ultimately save supply chain teams time and bandwidth, enabling leaders to react to crises with greater speed and precision.

Ultimately, 5G can completely transform all facets of operations, from data capacity, to communication speed, to location accuracy. The incorporation of 5G will increase visibility and trackability, allowing for better communication throughout the supply chain.

Telework, Reentry and Technology

As the world adapts to a “new normal” both industry and federal leaders have assessed the next phase of the workforce, and how technologies will play a part in the work environment. Dana Deasy, Department of Defense (DoD) chief information officer (CIO) and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, recently discussed the next phase for a cloud-based collaboration tool to assist with teleworking.

Deasy noted that the DoD’s tool will facilitate personnel working from home during the pandemic. The cloud-based offering will run pilot programs that allow remote access to information with higher levels of sensitivity.

“We’ve now built this amazing robust infrastructure so there’s no doubt that we’re going to be able to leverage that in the event that the future requires us to,” Deasy said, “but I believe personally that we’ll be leveraging that … around cost savings as well.”

COVID-19 and Robotic Processing

UiPath recently released the results of a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting: “The Future of Work: A Pandemic Spotlight.” The study concluded that companies are increasingly using robotic processing automation (RPA) and other intelligent automation technologies to address new business and market pressures resulting from COVID-19.

The report noted that expedited digital transformations have created a surge in automation investment. Global studies have recorded greater digital transformation since the pandemic hit than in the preceding five years.

Intelligent automation technologies have supported the global modernization and transformation efforts this surge. The report stated that 48 percent of survey respondents have planned to increase RPA spending throughout 2020 and into 2021.

Additionally,  83 percent of respondents have stated that they will integrate RPA Increase agility, diversity, and resilience in their supply chain operations, 80 percent commented that RPA would address cost pressures by automating back-office and operational tasks and 75 percent reported that RPA would be used to support remote workforces.

Emergence of Mission Software Factories

The emergence of mission software factories have recently been built to boost modernization and create specialized hubs to foster innovation. The U.S. Army recently reported that it would develop its first software factory.

“The capability to develop software at the lowest tactical levels will help us provide better software products,” said Gen. John Murray, head of Army Futures Command (AFC) and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.

The U.S. Army’s factory will work in line with the Army’s digital talent initiative that has aimed to train engineers to build the data environment the service branch needs to increase innovation. The U.S. Army’s primary goal is to develop talent and management to be integral to the software factory.

“This is very much about talent utilization, talent retention,” Maj. Vito Errico, the AFC’s special assistant to the commanding general and software factory lead said. “We’re emphasizing the people aspect of these software factories just as much as the technology aspect.”

The Army has projected that it will have a 200-person software factory, staffed with cloud engineers, Linux programming and object based programming. Civilian and military personnel will be mobilized later this year and are expected to start in January 2021.

The factory has identified general problem sets it’s interested in, including logistics, installation management and some warfighter mission areas. The software factory has also planned to evaluate against readiness, user adoption and cost savings and use them as metrics for success.

To learn more about the global innovations, emerging technologies and modernization efforts make sure you register for the Secure IT Modernization in Today’s Environment Virtual Event.

In addition to Mestrovich, the event will feature an expert panel, featuring Paul Girardi assistant vice president of Cybersecurity with AT&T Public Sector.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how and where people work across the globe. Emerging technologies and modernization will add to the effectiveness of the workforce by expanding how companies promote telecommuting and how we provision remote workers to slow the advance of pandemic threats.

Register for  Potomac Officers Club’s Secure IT Modernization in Today’s Environment Virtual event to learn more about how to evolve and adapt quickly in crisis to ensure global accessibility and connectivity.

Click here to register for the Secure IT Modernization in Today’s Environment Virtual Event.

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