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Warren Suss

Warren Suss is president of Suss Consulting, a federal IT consulting firm headquartered in Jenkintown, Pa.
Cloud & Infrastructure

5 lessons from DOD's cloud computing efforts

The Defense Department has taken the federal lead in deployed cloud computing solutions. Let’s look at four examples of DOD’s cloud efforts and five lessons other agencies can learn from the department’s experience.


The steps beyond DNSSEC implementation

Because it is so important to protect against DNS-based attacks, federal information technology managers should address DNS challenges that go beyond basic compliance with the current DNSSEC initiative.


Warren Suss | How federal IT can help corporate recovery

Federal IT managers have rarely had responsibilities directly related to the success of IT in corporate America, but that is about to change.

Warren Suss | The high-stakes game of information exchange

Improved federal information exchange has the power to cure our nation’s ills. But it will only happen if we keep our focus on high-stakes results.

Warren Suss | Streamlining IT governance

In the coming era of rapidly deployed, network-centric capabilities and services, streamlined governance strategies are essential to flattening, if not eliminating, speed bumps in information technology testing and certification.

Another View | Surviving the economic crisis

Commentary: Federal IT managers should focus on new and better ways to deliver value.

Another View | Networx: Overcoming the risks

With 135 agencies and 1,600 facilities in 191 countries, we are more vulnerable than ever to transition problems.


Warren Suss | A sharing solution in plain sight

Commentary: Federated identity management holds the key to gathering and integrating data across multiple layers of government.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Warren Suss | The Internet of things

Another View'commentary: A parallel Internet universe is emerging where things can talk with and listen to one another.

Warren Suss | SOA: The dream and reality

There are serious questions about whether SOA is ready for prime time.


Jack Jones and Warren Suss | The promise of HSPD-12

Another View'commentary: HSPD-12 isn't just a mandate; it's an opportunity.

The tyranny of federal IT

Guest commentary: Until we recognize the tyrannical side to government IT, we'll never fully deliver on its promise.

Warren Suss | The most important IT decision

Guest commentary: The strategy for information technology outsourcing has become the most important decision facing federal IT managers. It's more important than enterprise architecture, a security plan and an infrastructure consolidation road map combined.

Peter Tseronis and Warren Suss | Make the IPv6 transition work for you

Guest commentary | Not excited about IPv6? Maybe you need to ask not what you can do for IPv6, but what IPv6 can do for you.

Cloud & Infrastructure

John C. Johnson and Warren Suss | Networx can transform federal enterprise

The Networx contract can do more than provide wide-area IP networks

Warren Suss | Infrastructure and the bottom line

Until federal infrastructure managers make a more direct, measurable case for their contribution to program-level performance, IT infrastructures will continue to be perceived as cost centers, not profit or value centers.

Warren Suss | Another View: Software as a service

The acceptance of on-demand software by major corporate users is important. As OMB's power grows in determining federal IT investments, the government increasingly takes its lead from corporate IT business case models.

Warren Suss | At your service

Corporate America is replacing traditional buy-and-run-your-own IT application models with software-as-a-service, and the government will be next.

Warren Suss | Networx and the Future of GSA

I read with distress Neal Fox's column, 'GSA's Networx'Will it connect with users?" What makes the piece dangerous is that it trashes a program that really represents a wonderful, if imperfect, model for how GSA should address many of the government's most pressing challenges.


Federal agencies are going to become leaner, flatter organizations that provide subagencies and programs with greater decision-making authority. Management will concentrate attention and resources where services are delivered and mission-critical functions are performed. Agencies will support programs with better tools. They will gather the information needed to monitor and assess program performance. They will reallocate resources to more effective programs, and will optimize roles and responsibilities between public and private partners.