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Preparing for the presidential transition with technology

Posted on September 24, 2015

The political climate is heating up. With the presidential race moving into full swing, federal agencies need to start thinking about how an executive branch transition is going to impact the services they offer to citizens – and how they're going to deal with those potential changes. No matter which party and candidate eventually wins the White House, government organizations need to make sure they're ready for the transition and potential differences in management techniques between the incumbent president and the one who will hold the office in the future.  Read More

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TSA data center consolidation will save money and resources

Posted on September 22, 2015
Category: Data Center

It takes a lot of computing power to run the federal government – meaning a lot of expended energy and high costs, both for departments and for the environment itself. As government organizations strive to become more energy efficient and make effective investments in their computing environments, agencies are beginning to view data center consolidation as a ready option to achieve those goals.  Read More

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3 examples of effective government technology solutions

Posted on September 22, 2015

Government organizations utilize technology for many different kinds of tasks. As current tech becomes more advanced and more uses for these tools are discovered, it's crucial that federal, state and local agencies learn how to more effectively utilize tech to improve government processes and streamline the services they provide for the public. Tools like government cloud computing are useful and help things get done more efficiently at the public level.  Read More

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Awareness is key when it comes to government cybersecurity

Posted on September 21, 2015
Category: Cybersecurity

In today's technology-dependent world, it's important to be aware of cybersecurity measures and incidents so that systems have less chance of being compromised. Following the massive data breach experienced by the Office of Personnel Management and the Russian attack on the Pentagon's email system, it's more crucial than ever to ensure that government organizations are taking measures to protect themselves against these types of events. It's also integral that they remain educated about their roles and responsibilities when it comes to keeping the public's data safe.  Read More

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In-depth look at cloud benefits: Collaboration

Posted on September 17, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

Government cloud computing is on the rise, and many organizations are beginning to realize the benefits that this technology can bring to the table when it comes to delivering services to citizens and maintaining transparency. Around the world, government agencies are migrating some services to cloud platforms and streamlining processes. A recent report found that 90 percent of local authorities in the U.K. are using or piloting cloud services, and as a result, they have been able to improve the delivery of services to citizens, according to Computerworld UK.  Read More

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The importance of having an engaging government website

Posted on September 16, 2015

When it comes to improving the delivery of services for citizens and maintaining transparency within government processes, organizations should consider every tool they have in their proverbial belts – including technology. Government technology solutions exist in order to help agencies meet the demands of an ever-changing public atmosphere, so federal, state and local authorities should make sure they're utilizing tech to its fullest capacity wherever possible. One of those areas in which government organizations can use technology to their advantage is with their websites.  Read More

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3 ways local governments benefit from cloud adoption

Posted on September 10, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

Federal agencies are getting a boost from adopting the cloud. According to InformationWeek contributor Elena Malykhina,policies like Cloud First, which was created by former federal government CIO Vivek Kundra and dictates that agencies seek out cloud strategies before turning to other solutions, has led federal organizations a step in the right direction when it comes to cloud adoption. Agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration and the General Services Administration were both early supporters of cloud services, paving the way for adoption in other areas of government.  Read More

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What can government learn from university cybersecurity strategies?

Posted on September 08, 2015
Category: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity continues to be a concern for businesses in the public and private sectors. Universities across the nation are reporting more cyberattacks have breached their technological defenses, sometimes resulting in stolen data and fraudulent access to student emails, along with disruptions in Internet service or capabilities.  Read More

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Government data center energy efficiency

Posted on September 08, 2015
Category: Data Center

Running a data center can be an expensive endeavor. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, in 2013, data centers in the U.S. consumed 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, and by 2020, that number is estimated to leap to 140 billion kilowatt-hours. With cooling systems, energy conversions and actual computing equipment, the government certainly isn't exempt from considerations dealing with power usage effectiveness, either.  Read More

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3 use cases for big data in government

Posted on September 03, 2015

As federal, state and local government agencies gather and analyze mountains of information coming into their systems each day, they should recognize the importance of having sound strategies to deal with big data. According to Federal Times, government spending on big data projects is expected to reach $2.25 billion by 2018. This highlights the importance of the insights that this kind of analytics could bring to the table.  Read More

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Government technology solutions and emergency response teams

Posted on September 02, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

Government technology solutions allow organizations to do their jobs to better serve the public. Emergency management efforts especially benefit from technology because it provides an avenue for teams to communicate and collaborate in order to improve response times and promote community health.  Read More



Cybersecurity continues to be an area of focus in the federal government

Posted on February 08, 2012 0 comments
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In spite of enhanced efforts to implement better cyber security, federal agencies continue to succumb to cyber attacks. Cyber attacks targeting federal agencies’ systems and websites, and reports of network security incidents at federal agencies have soared 650 percent during the past half-decade, jeopardizing the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive government information.  Read More

A quick review of the PaaS Cloud

Posted on February 02, 2012 0 comments
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I recently created the latest chapter on the book I am writing about Cloud Computing in the Public Sector. It was the chapter I was dreading the most because it was on the PaaS (platform as a service) public cloud. This is perhaps the least understood, and certainly from all indications I have, the least used in the public sector at this time.  Read More

Data Analytics Drives Mission Effectiveness in the Federal Government

Posted on January 25, 2012 0 comments
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Although virtually every federal agency collects data, many of these agencies struggle with how to best turn it into useful information, to improve mission performance and effectiveness. Data is scattered across multiple sources and is poorly organized so it is hard for many agencies to make decisions based on that data. It’s really about gathering the massive amount of data, figuring out which data is most useful, and then making it understandable and usable to users whether public or within government. The end goal of data analytics is to be able to obtain a “single version of truth and actionable intelligence” in near real-time from the mounds of data.  Read More

AWS and Security

Posted on January 18, 2012 0 comments
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Recently an article came to light about a group of German researchers that found “Massive Security Flaws” in the Amazon Cloud(full article can be found here). This was a well done study that I am familiar with and I am sure the findings are pretty accurate. After all, how many of our users would patch their machines regularly, backup their critical data on a regular basis, and change their passwords on a frequent schedule without us in IT sending them reminders or enforcing some other harsher policy which necessitates that they follow a schedule for these things? A darned few, in my experience.  Read More

Cloud Security in 2012 & Beyond!

Posted on January 10, 2012 0 comments
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The year 2012 is upon us and I wanted to shed some light on one of the key technologies the federal government is going to focus on this year – Cloud Computing. At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando in October last year, the analyst firm rolled out its top 10 strategic technologies for 2012. It should come as no surprise that cloud is one of the technologies tapped for top ten. Cloud computing, social media, and mobile solutions also top research firm IDC’s top 10 predictions for the government IT market in 2012. Federal, state, and local governments will spend about $82.4 billion on hardware, software, and IT services in 2012, according to IDC Government Insights, and that investment will align with four key themes: operational efficiency, mobility, smart government, and economic stability.  Read More

Getting the Hybrid Cloud Right!

Posted on December 20, 2011 0 comments
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As many of you may know, I am writing a case study book highlighting some of the great ways that users in the public sector are taking advantage of cloud computing. I hope that this book will help the many of you who are “on the fence” about cloud to see the ways that others are realizing the benefits of cloud and spur you into action! One of the many goals of the book is to clear up the misconceptions and misunderstandings about the various cloud options that are available to you today. The book will also address who the major players are for each cloud model and the issues surrounding each of these models, not the least of which is the security issue.  Read More

A Good Definition of Cloud

Posted on November 29, 2011 0 comments
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I just read a post on another blog that spoke about the definition of cloud being “an application-centric approach to IT.” I was really floored by how much I think this definition really misses the mark. And that got me thinking. What is a good definition of cloud? As I did my research I came across this article at Cloud Advocates that claims there are 27 different definitions for cloud computing! Yikes! If we are all going to understand cloud and receive maximum benefit from the cloud, shouldn’t we all agree on the same definition? At least that would be a good starting point for further exploration.  Read More

Top Federal Initiatives and Technology Trends for 2012

Posted on November 09, 2011 0 comments
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Last week I got an opportunity to attend the Deltek annual FedFocus 2012 conference. There was a panel discussion on the current outlook for federal IT moderated by Chris Dorobek and featuring three folks very familiar to fed IT market watchers: Ray Bjorklund, Chief Knowledge Officer from Deltek; Richard Spires, Chief Information Officer from the Department of Homeland Security; and David Wennergren, Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer at the Department of Defense.  Read More

Adding SPARC to the Cloud

Posted on November 04, 2011 0 comments
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I recently attended the annual OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. As usual there were lots of announcements for new products, new versions of products and — since the SUN acquisition — new chipsets and other hardware releases. But perhaps the biggest of all of those announcements was the one concerning cloud. The announcement was just this: The Release of Oracle Public Cloud. What, you ask? ORACLE is now in the cloud business? Isn’t that just another hardware vendor (like HP, IBM and Dell) announcing they have a cloud to compete with Google, Amazon and the like? Not really. In fact, there are a couple of significant differences. Here is why this is really important to us in the public sector. This cloud runs both SPARC and x86 workloads. This is something that not many other cloud providers can claim. While ORACLE was a little short on details, we do know this much: You will be able to run all of your existing Fusion applications, including CRM and HCM, whether they be SPARC or x86 based workloads.  Read More

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New Amazon announcement and the future of government mobility

Posted on November 01, 2011 0 comments
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A much heralded, recent new product announcement got (and is getting) a lot of press and speculation. I am talking about the launch of the new Amazon Kindle line. But what is so exciting? After all, the Kindle is just a book reader and is no competition for other devices from Samsung, Cisco and many others, including the one I am writing this entry on, the IPAD. Right?  Read More