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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 the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

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).