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M-19-21 Memorandum and What It Is

Posted on December 09, 2020

The M-19-21 memorandum mandates that all records are created, converted and transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in electronic format by end of 2022. The need, however, does not make the reality any easier to embrace.  Agencies must both find a way to convert legacy records from paper to digital, and put in place processes that ensure all records going forward are created digitally.  Working with constrained budgets, needing to educate personnel, having to develop new processes and choosing the appropriate technology, all contribute to the complexity of achieving this goal by the established deadline.   Read More


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Federal guidelines worth following to strengthen cybersecurity

Posted on May 14, 2015 0 comments
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 0 comments
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 0 comments
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 0 comments

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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Two important benefits of VoIP

Posted on April 29, 2015 0 comments
Category: News

Voice over IP is an integral part throughout government agencies today. This service, part of a unified communications solutions, can trace its roots to 1973, when the Network Voice Protocol was developed. This breakthrough allowed a team of researchers totransmit real-time voice over Arpanet, the early precursor to the Internet.  Read More

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Will wearables improve productivity?

Posted on April 29, 2015 0 comments

Digital watches have come a long way since first being released in 1972. Watches have gradually become more computerized by providing more abilities and services to wearers than just time keeping. The evolution helps to explain why consumer electronic companies are banking on smartwatches becoming the next big personal tech item, after the smartphone and tablet.  Read More

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End of Windows Server 2003 support rapidly approaches

Posted on April 28, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Support for Microsoft’s Windows XP officially ended April 8, 2014, though security updates for Windows Server 2003 will still be provided until July 2015. These updates will help IT departments keep systems secure while migrating towards new servers and a new operating system.  Read More

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Is your government agency properly using unified communications?

Posted on April 27, 2015 0 comments
Category: News

According to a recent survey from global telecommunications service provide, Easynet, most companies are not getting the full benefits of unified communications. The firms surveyed understood the benefits of unified communications, as 60 percent said business efficiency improved, however, only 45 percent of respondents said business agility improved.  Read More