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
  • Established an “Innovation Center” concept that encouraged the use of new technologies without having to make significant investments
  • Octo directly supported the Information Technology and Applications Center (ITAC) to help them implement Enterprise Architecture best practices
  • Aligned architectural best practices with Agile software development methodologies to help advance innovation across the Institute
  • Octo helped scale capabilities to the enterprise level, reducing duplication of services across the organization and improved the achievement of strategic goals and objectives

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.