What Twitter Taught Us about Federal and Defense Tech Priorities at DoDIIS 2016

August 23, 2016 Thomas Hooker

Recently we had the honor of participating in the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems (DoDIIS) Worldwide Conference (http://www.ncsi.com/dia/2016/) with our partner Carahsoft, a trusted government IT solutions provider. Hosted by the DIA Chief Information Officer (CIO), the 2016 DoDIIS theme was, “Mission Integration at the Speed of Operations,” which highlighted the DIA CIO’s commitment to provide rapid, integrated solutions to our mission partners. In addition to a distinguished line-up of Plenary Speakers, the conference had a comprehensive selection of breakout sessions focusing on integration across the Intelligence Community (IC); integration between intelligence and mission; and rapidly developing and deploying mission-focused solutions.

During the three-day long conference, we listened to government leaders who are spearheading innovation in government IT and met other members of the federal tech community who are working to improve government software and applications – much like our own TeamForge, the core technology powering Forge.mil, which enables Department of Defense (DoD) developers and partners to adopt collaborative best practices, reuse code assets, and have transparency across the entire development process.

While there was no shortage of quotable moments from the event, Twitter proved a constant feed of real-time takeaways, memorable quotes and key tidbits from the speaking sessions. The DIA handle (@DefenseIntel) particularly captured the highlights worth mentioning. Below is our list of the top Tweets from DoDIIS 2016, capturing the government’s increasing focus on breaking down silos, the importance of data, security and the speed of information sharing:

1) Harry B. Harris, Commander, United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), talked on the speed of intel:

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2) James Turgal, Executive Assistant Director for the Information and Technology Branch of the FBI, on the importance of people in the future of technology:

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3) Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart (USMC), the Director of Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), on embracing pushing boundaries in government tech:

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4) Admiral Harris with more on the necessity of speed of information:

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5) Director, Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), Tonya Ugoretz, on cybersecurity:

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6) Sean Roche, Associate Deputy Director of Digital Innovation, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), on the treatment of IT:

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7) Colonel Bruce Lyman, USAF, on data in the military:

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These tweets indicate that this market would benefit from solutions that are multifaceted and holistic in their approach to improving software development and delivery processes and practices. First they must improve cross-functional collaboration. They also must support strict standards for security, compliance, governance, and audit trails.  Solutions also have to provide strong operational support and foster collaboration with IT.  And, the solutions need to enable meaningful use of data and information and support reuse of code too.

These tweets are little windows into what is on the minds of technologists at government agencies.  The conference gave our CollabNet folks and our good friends at Carahsoft many insights about what is important to government agencies.  The CollabNet.com site has more information about how we serve government needs. Also visit forge.mil and Carahsoft.com for information about technological solutions that support the specific needs of government agencies

About the Author

Thomas Hooker

Thomas Hooker is vice president of marketing at Collabnet. As the head of CollabNet's marketing team, he oversees demand generation, brand, customer marketing, public relations, analyst relations, product marketing, and corporate communications. A 20+ year veteran of high-tech Thomas has held Marketing, Product Management and Engineering positions at a variety of leading companies including BMC, Boole & Babbage, Tidal Software and Cisco.

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