New DC Innovation Center Takes the Guess Work out of IT Modernization for Federal Agencies
During the American Technology Council Summit, held earlier this year at the White House, the focus was simple—bringing together industry and government to discuss ways to form better connections between private and public sectors with the goal of leveraging the latest technology to modernize the government’s infrastructure. But despite the good intentions of summits like this one, it is still increasingly difficult for many agencies to begin implementing modernization efforts. The reality is that with so many product offerings, many agency officials simply don’t know where to start. WWT is hoping to change this with the opening of the DC Innovation Center.
The DC Innovation Center, which officially opened on November 8, was developed with three distinct goals in mind: inspire our customers, collaborate with our partners and empower our employees with the most advanced technology available today.
The Innovation Center will serve as the central point where we can work collaboratively with our federal customers to help design, build and develop solutions unique to their specific IT challenges. It also will allow WWT to forge even stronger partner relationships and serve as an incubator for our employees to continue to develop game-changing technology solutions.
Both Congress and the White House have made innovation a top priority. The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, signed into law last December, authorized $250 million over two years for modernizing old systems and launching new initiatives. Beyond the MGT Act, the administration plans to spend approximately $80 billion on information technology in fiscal 2019, a 5.2 percent increase.
So, funding is available. But how can agencies ensure that they are making good investments—that new solutions will deliver the results that they envision? That’s why the Innovation Center is important. It can serve as an innovation laboratory where agencies can put their ideas to work.
Designed to serve as an open concept center, the 11,640-square-foot Innovation Center is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies designed to host executive briefings and workshops, as well as deliver innovative solution demonstrations, proofs of concept and product bench-marking initiatives. The DC-based Innovation Center will also have a direct connection to the WWT Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in St. Louis, extending the reach and core capabilities to advance the conceptualization and testing of new solutions geared for government environments.
Since its inception, WWT has been committed to proving how advanced technology solutions can keep an agency running smoothly while delivering a return on investment. The DC Innovation Center meets our larger objective of helping government agencies build, demonstrate and deploy integrated solutions that meet their mission-critical objectives.
If you are interested in visiting the center, please contact your local WWT account manager.
We look forward to hosting you!