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Open data can help improve government services

Posted on May 27, 2015

Recent years have seen a push by federal, state and local governments to become more transparent. This entails governments voluntarily releasing data and documents for the general public to see. Some materials released may be old email exchanges between government officials or data tables looking at residential neighborhoods, according to Government Technology. However, not all publicly released data is considered useful. Information considered helpful can be defined as open data.  Read More

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Data center vulnerability a serious matter

Posted on May 26, 2015
Category: Data Center

Data centers operated by state and local governments may be at risk due to the discovery of a new security vulnerability. According to ZDNet, the zero-day vulnerability known as Venom may allow attackers to manipulate older technology to get inside the servers located within data centers.  Read More

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Cloud computing helps smaller government agencies

Posted on May 21, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is changing the way government agencies are interacting with the public they serve. Smaller government agencies, especially those in less populated cities and regions, traditionally have smaller budgets and less resources, and that affects the way they are able to provide goods and services for their citizens. Cloud technology, combined with customer resource management software, may be the answer for these smaller governments.  Read More

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Big data analytics must be used

Posted on May 20, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

Government agencies and organizations across the land use data for a variety of functions. Data sets can give officials a better outlook of certain residential areas based on demographics and income levels. Likewise, businesses utilize big data to discover industry trends and to target consumers on a personalized basis.  Read More

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Federal guidelines worth following to strengthen cybersecurity

Posted on May 14, 2015
Category: Cybersecurity

Nearly 15 months ago, the National Institute of Standards and Technology released the Cybersecurity Framework. The framework was a collaboration between the federal government and industries to establish guidelines, standards and practices to ensure the protection of critical infrastructure. The collaboration was to help find a cost-effective, yet strong, cybersecurity solution for government agencies.  Read More

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Governments should take advantage of hybrid cloud

Posted on May 08, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

Hybrid cloud technologies are becoming more popular as modes of storing and utilizing data in both the private and public sectors. As federal agencies move toward hosting more data in the cloud, many have implemented a hybrid cloud infrastructure that utilizes both private and public cloud environments for different kinds of data. IDC predicted in 2014 that in 2018, spending on public IT cloud services will reach $127 billion, forecasting that these services will account for more than half of the worldwide growth for software, server and storage spending. Federal, state and local government agencies not only need to understand the potential of hybrid cloud technology – they also need to realize benefits so that they can take proper advantage of what hybrid cloud tech has to offer.  Read More

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Why some governments aren’t using the cloud properly

Posted on May 07, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

A new study from Bain & Company suggests enterprises are not properly utilizing the cloud. Of the companies surveyed, an average of only 18 percent of their workload is delivered through the cloud. This low percentage comes despite companies being fully aware of the advantages of the cloud, such as greater flexibility, a faster time to the market, streamlined development and reduced data center costs.  Read More

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Technology trends for government in 2015

Posted on May 06, 2015

As federal, state and local governments move toward the need for smarter processes along with the citizenry they serve, it’s important to be aware of current trends in technology that could affect the way agencies operate. The need for smarter tech is more apparent than ever, and made more appropriate because this kind of tech could lead to saving money and increasing productivity in the long run. Government agencies should familiarize themselves with a few distinct areas in current technology trends.  Read More

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Staying Secure in an Always Connected World

Posted on March 20, 2017 0 comments
Category: Internet of Things

Feds bring the constantly connected mindset from their personal lives, to work, along with new expectations. For example, the ability to take and share a photo instantly. Instant messaging. Social collaboration. And access to information – all needed/desired information – anywhere, anytime.  Read More

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The DCOI Journey: Simplifying Your Data Center

Posted on February 07, 2017 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the “Energy Efficient Government Technology Act,” which will place energy efficiency standards on Federal data centers and require OMB to collaborate with agencies on plans to purchase and use energy efficient data center technologies.  Read More

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Investment in quality technology is aiding governments improve transparency

Posted on September 01, 2016 0 comments
Category: Technology

This past week, the town of Gallipolis, Ohio, made its financial records available to the public, the Gallipolis Daily Tribune reported. While this probably wasn't the biggest news story of 2016, it is reflective of an exciting state, and nationwide, trend.  Read More

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How vulnerable are US voting machines to foreign hackers?

Posted on August 10, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

The recent hack of Democratic National Committee computers, attributed by authorities to Russia, has many Americans worried about foreign influence swaying the upcoming presidential election.  Read More

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Data mapping is changing government

Posted on June 29, 2016 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Geographical information systems are evolving and so are the governments that are using them.  Read More

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What can artificial intelligence do for the government?

Posted on June 08, 2016 0 comments

Artificial Intelligence programs are completely changing how people view computers. Once lifeless machines, AI systems are allowing for computers to analyze information in ways once thought impossible. Such a revolutionary trend has many implications, especially within government. With that in mind, what can the modern agency get out of AI deployment?  Read More

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