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Digital Transformation At The State Of Louisiana: From Data Center To The Citizen

A budget-constrained state government may be the last place you’d expect to find a top-to-bottom digital transformation that ranges from citizen-facing services all the way to the underlying network. Louisiana, however, is well on its way to such a transformation.

The Louisiana Enterprise Architecture (EA) project is modernizing and standardizing IT services across the state’s 16 government agencies, leveraging a best-of-breed technology strategy that includes software-defined data centers, service-oriented architecture, and single sign-on for state citizens as well as government employees.

The Louisiana State Capitol

The Louisiana State Capitol

From Hodgepodge to Service-Oriented Architecture

The project began in 2014 and focused initially on improving the state’s Medicaid Eligibility and Enrollment System for nearly 1.5 million Medicaid recipients.

It soon became clear, however, that the new architecture could provide benefit across the entire state government. “The deputy CIO challenged us at the eleventh hour to look at other solutions,” explained Mike Allison, Chief Technology Officer at State of Louisiana.

Transforming the dated Medicare and Medicaid enrollment system became a springboard for a new architecture – a move that the state desperately needed, as the preexisting technology was a mess. According to Matthew Vince, Director of Project Management at Louisiana Office of Technology Services (OTS), the starting point for the EA project was “not Agile, lots of building from scratch, lots of logins.”

The solution was to implement service-oriented architecture (SOA), an approach to organizing diverse technology resources to provide a set of flexible services that multiple agencies could leverage. These citizen and employee-facing services, in fact, were the unifying principle across the architecture.

Read the entire article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2017/08/29/digital-transformation-at-the-state-of-louisiana-from-data-center-to-the-citizen/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, CA Technologies, Chef Software, Software AG, and VMware are Intellyx customers. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: bluepoint951.

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More Stories By Jason Bloomberg

Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.