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Puerto Rico, a disaster lab: three research proposals

Puerto Rico is a natural testing-ground for disaster resilience technologies due to its unique characteristics. Here we present three research project ideas in the Internet of Things space.

Achieve DevOps Transformation with Skylight and DORA

Transforming your software delivery performance through DevOps requires using a metrics-driven, continuous improvement cycle. Here's how you can do that smartly with Skylight and DORA.

Thoughts on the use of technical challenges in government procurements

The use of technical challenges in government procurements is on the rise. Here are some thoughts on what acquisition professionals can do to make even better use of them.

Maximizing the power of APIs: balancing freedom and control

If an organization really wants to empower its users, it needs a way to provide maximum power to the user with both safety and security. APIs allow you to design a solution that's not simply the average of these extremes, but rather provides 90% of the power with 99% of the security.

Nick Bristow: Making government digital services more accessible

Skylight's Nick Bristow is one of the world's leading experts in technology accessibility. Here, he has been working with our government clients to deliver digital services that are accessible and meet the needs of all users.

Containers: thinking inside the box

Containers enable software portability across a wide range of computing environments. Here's what you need to know about their budgetary, technical, and organizational value.

Geoff Mulligan: Engineering open and interoperable IoT solutions

Skylight's Geoff Mulligan is one of the world's leading experts in smart cities and IoT systems. Here, he has been working with our government clients to engineer open and interoperable IoT solutions.

Josh Dorothy: Engineering great developer experiences through DevOps

Josh Dorothy's career path has taken him from lawyer to DevOps engineer with the U.S. Digital Service before joining Skylight. Here, he has been working with our government clients to engineer great developer experiences through DevOps.

New bug bounty program solution to secure government digital services

Integrating bug bounties into government's DevSecOps processes can produce far more robust and secure digital services. Here's a look at our new bug bounty solution.

Our winning DevOps transformation consulting proposal

Summary of a winning proposal that we put together to deliver DevOps transformation services to a large commercial enterprise.

Quick wins for legacy systems through API enablement

A lighthearted, mock email between two government program managers discussing the immediate benefits of API enablement as a precursor to modernizing a legacy system.

Kin Lane: Harnessing the connective power of APIs

Kin Lane's career path has taken him from software engineer to one of the world's foremost API experts before joining Skylight. Here, he has been working with our government clients to improve their use of APIs. His advice for people thinking about joining us: Do it.

Story of a DARPA proposal

A brief story of our experience submitting a proposal to DARPA to conduct research on the latest Low Power Wide Area Network technology.

How to rescue failing programs

To rescue a failing program, you must protect the four freedoms of enterprise system development.

Principles for a federal CIO-led digital transformation

The digital revolution presents a unique leadership opportunity for federal CIOs to reinvent themselves and their agencies. Here we present a set of key principles for federal CIOs to consider following in order to seize it.

Unsolicited proposal for a microconsulting services marketplace platform

A preannouncement for an unsolicited proposal to construct a microconsulting services marketplace platform, which we plan to pitch to the entire federal government.

Public domain procurement

Avoiding vendor lock-in situations is just one of many reasons that the government should consider using public domain procurements.

Supplement your team with specific digital expertise through our Microconsulting Services

Not every problem requires a full-blown consulting engagement. Often times, a short burst of work on a specific topic is all that's needed to help propel government managers and teams forward.

The search for mentor-protégé relationships

We're actively looking to establish mentor-protégé relationships with companies interested in joint, ongoing pursuit of digital project opportunities.

Five former Presidential Innovation Fellows and 18F co-founders join Skylight

Announcing the addition of Chris Cairns, Robert Read, John Teeter, Geoff Mulligan, and Kin Lane to the Skylight team.

Reactions to our Agile Share-in-Savings model

Several months ago, we published a blog post series on a concept called Agile Share-in-Savings. We received a number of positive reactions, as well as some worthy counter-arguments.

Software badness quantified

Until a more robust model for measuring technical debt is developed, we suggest using a simple formula for measuring the "badness" of a codebase in order to facilitate system improvement decisions.

Case management: a study in non-traditional economics for government

Case management systems are commonplace and largely overlap. Agencies and vendors should consider innovative models for cooperating with one another in order to reduce duplicative efforts.