WSO2 director of defense and government solutions addresses unique needs of defense sector and demand for flexibility and agility across middleware platforms Palo Alto, CA – February 27, 2013 – As with their private sector counterparts, IT professionals within the defense acquisition community are seeking to bridge the gap between disparate enterprise applications, modernize legacy systems, and efficiently develop new capabilities through the use of service-oriented-architecture (SOA) middleware. A new whitepaper from WSO2, “Community Engagements: The Unique Role of the Middleware Vendor in the Defense Industry,” addresses the challenges facing defense and intelligence acquisition program offices as well as resource sponsors and end users as they work to apply commercial middleware solutions to the unique requirements of the defense and intelligence communities. “Community Engagements” is the second in a series of papers from Adam Firestone, WSO2 director of defense and government solutions, and a former US Army officer and defense industry IT executive. It examines how significant differences between the public and private sector in organizational structure, perspective, and orientation affect middleware projects in the defense community. Key topics include:
- Working across distributed organizations that face firewalls due to regulatory, organizational and cultural factors.
- Demonstrating organizational agility and an ability to communicate both solutions and capabilities.
- Addressing the challenges of waterfall planning and extended budget limits that can impact an implementation.
- Supporting demands for software that can be customized on the fly in environments where the useful lifespan of a software version is often measured in weeks.