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Tuesday, October 24 • 4:45pm - 5:25pm
Neo4j and Information Sharing for Enterprise Architects

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When it comes to contract delivery for the Federal government, the biggest test that public and private sector workers face is how to do more with less. Limitations on funding, staff and access to subject matter experts rarely reduce the scope of program. Instead, teams are asked to become more agile and efficient. In seeking that the efficiency, the Enterprise Architecture Information Repository (EAIR) team at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has embraced Neo4j.

Early in 2016, the EAIR team recognized that the analysis of the relationships between entities in the DHS IT ecosystem was what enterprise architecture was all about. Through a series of prototypes, the team was able to introduce the concept of a graph database to DHS's enterprise architecture community. Using Neo4j, the EAIR was able to allow users visualize the network of IT assets in the organization like never before. Additionally, the ability to analyze the proximity of entities such as systems and the products they use across the organization streamlined impact analysis and identified opportunities to leverage enterprise licenses. Moreover, these graphs have helped EAIR stakeholders, including data and enterprise architects to glean potential shared services from existing data. The use of Neo4j, has been a key contributor in attaining the vision of creating an “app store” like feel to common IT at DHS, driving cost avoidance and risk reduction among enterprise architects.

During our 45-minute talk, we will discuss this emerging use case on how the developers for EAIR use Neo4j to graphically display how IT assets are interconnected throughout DHS. We want to share with the Neo4j community how this innovation will help to reduce risk at DHS as well as to better provide facilitate information sharing for enterprise architects.

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Jessica Dembe

Blackstone Federal
Ms. Jessica Dembe is a front-end developer who specializes in creating customer-focused applications. Jessica's technical focus is on JavaScript frameworks and UX/UI best practices. For EAIR, she supports the project's front-end development to ensure the best user experience possible... Read More →
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Patrick Elder

Technical Lead and Product Architect, Department of Homeland Security
Mr. Patrick Elder is the technical lead and product architect for the Enterprise Architecture Information Repository (EAIR) with the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Elder handles the business intelligence aspect of the project to help to facilitate information sharing and data... Read More →

Tuesday October 24, 2017 4:45pm - 5:25pm
Room 2