Dell’s Steve Harris: Federal CIOs Should Involve Employees in FITARA Implementation

Steve Harris
Steve Harris

Steve Harris, vice president and general manager of Dell‘s federal systems group, has recommended federal chief information officers instill a “future-ready mindset” among employees to facilitate the implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act.

“A future-ready organization will spend less on maintaining legacy systems; focus more on agile, responsive IT; and support a productive, mobile workforce,” Harris wrote in a Federal Times article published Wednesday.

“The CIO needs the force of the entire agency to drive success; IT modernization requires a cultural change as much as a technological one,” he added.

Harris, an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2016, also noted that CIOs should seek feedback from federal employees and roll out a marketing campaign that would inform them about the advantages of IT reform efforts through FITARA implementation.

“CIOs gain a much greater insight into the types of IT modernization solutions best-suited for their organization if they truly understand the needs of the people that keep it running,” Harris said.

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