September 1, 2022

Four Keys to Successful O&M for a Growing Shared Service

As shared services grow and increase their customer base, the complexity of operations and maintenance (O&M) grows with it. A larger and more diverse user base comes with higher expectations and the likely need for 24/7/365 availability. Minor changes can have…
May 31, 2022

A Key Component to the Success of the Small Agency/IT Contractor Relationship: Cultural Understanding and Agility

Small agencies and bureaus manage billions of dollars and have missions integral to Federal government operations and services for the citizens of the United States. While Cabinet-level Departments often have tens of thousands of employees, the vital work done by…
May 18, 2022

Six Key Factors for Small Agencies Moving to the Cloud

Smaller agencies contemplating or engaged in migrating systems to the cloud have different concerns than larger agencies do. Limited IT resources, already heavily loaded with managing current systems and infrastructure are matched by limited budgets. At the same time, smaller…
April 12, 2022

UX and UI: How They’re Different and How They Work Together

The terms User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) are often used interchangeably (ex. “We provide UX/UI support”). However, these are separate and distinct concepts. UX is the process of researching and asking questions about your users in order to…
March 24, 2022

Our Social and Environmental Impact: TCG’s 2021 Annual Benefit Report

TCG became a Certified Benefit Corporation in 2019. The certification uses standards from B Lab to rigorously assess TCG’s social and environmental impact, accountability and transparency, giving us a way to evaluate the actual impact we’re having. In turn, this allows us to…
March 22, 2022

TCG Leads Environmental Sustainability for the Federal Government and Its Partners

March is B Corp Month and TCG is highlighting some of the ways that we work to improve the world around us. In December of 2021, the White House released an Executive Order (EO) to promote sustainability in the Federal government.…
February 14, 2022

TMF Creates Opportunity to Jumpstart Shared Service Offerings

The Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) was established to provide agencies with the means to transform their IT systems and ultimately better serve the American public. The fund provides approved projects with incremental funding (up to a fixed amount) that is meant…
November 29, 2021

Improve Data Quality, Save Time, Save Money in the Budget Process with OneStream Software

by Heather Lazo Budget formulation processes in the Federal Government are composed of quantitative data and narrative information that are gathered from across an agency and its bureaus. Issues in the formulation process and in creating and formatting justifications submitted…
November 10, 2021

Integrated DevSecOps with separate Federal Dev and Ops contractors? Yes, it can be done.

by Dr. Robert Buccigrossi, TCG CTO DevSecOps offers great potential for improving Federal IT practice by integrating development, security, and production performance as shared goals of a single IT team. The overall philosophy is that a unified team will naturally embrace practices…
November 9, 2021

Will We Make the Sprint? Simulate it with Monte Carlo!

by Dr. Robert Buccigrossi, TCG CTO Piquing My Interest – When I read the title “How to replace estimations and guesses with a Monte Carlo simulation”, I got really excited: Of course I would love to learn how to avoid project estimation! While the…