Department of Health and Human Services

Supported National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) by Delivering Technologies to Integrate with Agile Software Development

The Problem:

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has been undergoing a massive transformation to improve how IT is being used to support the mission of the agency with an emphasis on implementing enterprise capabilities for both Intramural and Extramural research.

The Solution:

Octo supported the NIH with architecture, strategy, and innovation planning using our Agile Enterprise Architecture approach. This included conducting market research, developing analyses of alternatives, and designing conceptual architectures for topics that have challenged NIH for some time. This approach emphasized prototyping technologies and solutions to see how they address customer pain points, taking advantage of existing enterprise investments.

We established an “Innovation Center” concept that encouraged the use of new technologies without making significant investments and integrated architecture with Agile software development.

Key Takeaways
  • The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is responsible for the management of over $4.8 billion in projects
  • Their management system has not effectively adapted to the changing USACE requirements, resulting in significant impact to user satisfaction and stakeholder objectives
  • Octo worked directly with infrastructure management group at USACE
  • Delivered agile development principles and better alignment with functional stakeholders

The Benefits

We established an “Innovation Center” concept that encouraged the use of new technologies without making significant investments. We also helped NHLBI to integrate its architecture with Agile software development.