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2020 Vision
09.20.10
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We asked some of our NASA CIOs their vision for NASA's IT by 2020.

"My vision is to create the best IT organization in the Federal Government well before 2020. This is a vision based on project execution, results, innovation and value to the mission. For NASA this means improved IT management and planning, including the implementation of a strong enterprise architecture and governance process to optimize the mission. In order to look at that future, we need to look at IT across the Federal Government, not just at NASA. We need to look at how to use technology and how to use innovation, manage IT to the betterment of the citizens and what we need to do as a country."
—Linda Cureton, NASA
"I see NASA's IT as a combination of value-added services and managed services. The value-add consists of solutions which are unique, versus commodity-like. These solutions can be accessed from anywhere on any computing device. These solutions will be a combination of services outside of and within NASA. Commodity solutions will be completely outside of NASA and more utilitarian in nature. Yes, the cloud will be mature enough to provide infrastructure services of all types. Development tools for the end users will be easy to use. IT organizations will be responsible for configuring these capabilities, developing strategies and ensuring that emerging technologies are beneficial to NASA. Additionally, the current gap between mission IT and administrative IT will be non-existent. Special IT for missions will be in the architecture of IT, and skills will be transportable."
—Jim Rinaldi, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
"IT will play a major role in the next 10 years by significantly reducing waste while increasing efficiencies throughout our Federal Government. We envision deployment of a comprehensive set of collaboration tools, allowing for a variety of secure, on-demand communication from any location, featuring built-in records management. Video and audio conferencing, IM, e-mail and file sharing should be available from any device, any location, any time."
—James Williams, Ames Research Center
"Anytime, anywhere collaboration and access to information."
—Cathy Mangum, Langley Research Center
"In 2020, IT will be integrated into our work environment to the point that it is almost transparent. Our employees will take IT for granted as they use a variety of mobile devices to connect to global networks to access applications and data whenever and wherever they want. The CIOs will leverage customer relationship managers, enterprise architects, and solution architects to work closely with the missions to understand and meet all their needs. The missions will consider the CIO offices close strategic partners as they jointly solve the aerospace problems of the future."
—Michael Bolger, Kennedy Space Center
"With its world-class personnel, science, and technology capabilities, the Goddard Space Flight Center enjoys an exceptional heritage at the cutting edge of space and environmental science. Moore's Law predicts that by the year 2020, Goddard computing capability will be five times more powerful than today. Whether in the form of quantum computing or another advanced capability, GSFC's information technologies will enable more powerful sensors, producing exponentially more detailed data, which will be interpreted through even more sophisticated modeling.

In 2020, the GSFC team will still be driving the means by which mankind observes, measures, and predicts the state of our global environment; the understanding of our Sun, solar system, and the beginnings of our universe; and the identification of exoplanets capable of sustaining life. The attainment of that knowledge will continue to improve the lives of millions, sustain and advance our national economy, and fire the imaginations of a new generation of scientific leaders. And I believe that information technology will continue to be a tool to sustain and enrich that effort."
—Adrian Gardner, Goddard Space Flight Center