Developing and Implementing a Cyber Technologies Program for Biomedical Research

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This paper and presentation describes concepts, development and implementation of an innovative and multi-faceted approach to managing complex information issues for a major US government biomedical research agency (NIAID). From the year 2000, NIAID initiatives included broadened, expanded, and intensifying research on emerging/re-emerging diseases, biodefense, AIDS, vaccines, and international program initiatives. Traditional, specialist-based support by information technologists was inadequate and did not provide interdisciplinary knowledge\skill resources necessary to cope with rapidly growing and complex challenges. To develop the needed capability, the Chief Information Officer's key staff worked to design a multi/interdisciplinary program, which was named "The Cyber Technologies Program." This innovative, integrated information management program includes biomedical specialties, governance, management sciences, computer sciences, software development, telecommunications, bioinformatics and systems engineering. Through progressive techniques of consolidation, integration, and optimization, a new structural cybernetics approach greatly enhanced general and scientific technologies support and significantly helped in management of rapid growth, organizational dynamics, and professional development. Cyber Technologies emphasizes a high-performance and built-to-last organization and methodology with benefits of life-cycle planning, adaptive operations, and cost-beneficial investments into human capital and technology. This paper tells how it was done, notes specific results, and gives lessons-learned that will be useful to both researchers and practitioners.


Keywords: Information Technology, Cybernetics, Organizational Development, Inter-Disciplinary Management, Biomedical Research
Stream: Technology and Applied Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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E. Joseph Bangiolo

Special  Volunteer, Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology
Office of Management and Operations
Office of the Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Bethesda, Maryland, USA

E. Joseph Bangiolo is the former NIAID Policy/Resources Management Branch Chief for OCICB and currently a Special Volunteer at NIAID. Mr. Bangiolo developed the initial concept for the Cyber Technologies Program and supported its implementation in his role of Special Assistant to the Chief Information Officer. A veteran of over 30 years service at the US National Institutes of Health, Mr. Bangiolo was one of the first specialists in information resources management at NIAID and helped develop many of its technology programs.

Dr. Laurence Wolfe

President, Management and Information Technology Consulting Group LLC
Frederick County, Maryland, USA

Laurence Wolfe, Ph. D., is the former Chief Information Officer at NIAID who was responsible for all information technology programs at the time of development and initial implementation of the new Cyber Technologies program. In addition to managing US Federal information technology programs and organizations, Dr. Wolfe has taught graduate courses in computer science, mathematics, engineering, and business administration. He is the author of a number of mathematical, engineering, and public administration articles in a variety of professional journals. Dr. Wolfe currently heads the Management and Information Technology Consulting Group LLC.

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