It’s easy to overlook the significance of IT in our lives, but I believe it’s critical that we don’t—it’s an essential part of everything we do.
This is particularly true for the federal government. All of our endeavors as a people are in some way shaped, delivered, or essentially enabled by IT systems, whether it’s frontline support for the warfighter, analysis of threats to our national security, or delivery of the core services that our citizens need in their day-to-day lives. Much like our nation’s roads and bridges, the national power grid, and the modern miracle that is our clean water and sanitation structure, IT systems are an essential infrastructure to support our civilization.
Unfortunately, the weight of maintaining legacy systems, which have slowly developed and expanded over decades, now in many cases exceeds the resources available to support them. This means that for those systems—including the ones that deliver core public services like defense, health care, food security, and space exploration, to name just a few—we have not been able to pursue the meaningful technological upgrades to keep services at the cutting edge. In some cases, these systems exist in a degraded state because we have lost the ability to properly maintain them.
The need to modernize our IT systems is a critical challenge, but it is also a great opportunity—one that I think SAIC is particularly well-suited to help the government meet.
That’s why when I was recently offered the opportunity to serve as SAIC’s vice president for IT modernization, I jumped at the chance. I know how important it is that we get this right, and I also understand how SAIC is ideally positioned to help affect the changes we need to move our country forward.
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