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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



WashingtonExec Guest Column: When is a Commodity a Commodity?

Posted on April 22, 2013 0 comments
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Darren House, Technologist-Data Center for UNICOM Government, recently authored an article for WashingtonExec, which provided some key insights into government virtualization and commoditization.  Read More

Growing Cybersecurity Concerns Create Cyber Education Opportunities

Posted on April 17, 2013 0 comments
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With an estimated 12 billion computers and devices at work and more than 2 billion people tapped into cyberspace, the challenge of safeguarding systems is enormous. The cause and effect of even small infections could lead to insurmountable problems.  Read More

Obama Brain Mapping Initiative Shines Light on Big Data

Posted on April 09, 2013 0 comments
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This month, the Obama Administration made some major headlines with the announcement of a new effort to map the human brain, which could unlock the mysteries of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases. The major initiative, called Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN), will require a coordinated approach by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and support from academia and the private sector.  Read More

TLS 2013 Video Interview: Don Upson, Former Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia, Discusses Big Data ‘Transformation’

Posted on April 02, 2013 0 comments
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On February 27, 2013, Federal Computer Week and UNICOM Government, Inc., hosted a Technology Leadership Series event on “Big Data Analytics in the New Budget Reality” at the Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. We were fortunate enough to spend time with the master of ceremonies for the event, Mr. Don Upson, Former Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Upson discussed the value of the Technology Leadership Series event, and how Big Data is reaching unprecedented levels of usage — even though we are at the early stages of usage.  Read More

Maximizing Existing Data Centers, Post Consolidation

Posted on March 28, 2013 0 comments
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As part of the Federal CIO’s Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is pushing for ways to not only reduce the number of data centers, but also maximize the existing data centers. As such, the Federal CIO’s office has created PortfolioStat, which aims to root out waste and data center inefficiencies. The main vision of this effort is to focus on efficiency, storage and energy usage metrics.  Read More

TLS 2013 Video Interview: Kapil Bakshi, Chief Architect and Strategist, Cisco, Discusses Future of Big Data and Government

Posted on March 25, 2013 0 comments
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On February 27, 2013, Federal Computer Week and GTSI hosted a Technology Leadership Series event on “Big Data Analytics in the New Budget Reality” at the Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. We were fortunate enough to spend time with Kapil Bakshi, Chief Architect and Strategist, Cisco, who highlighted the future trends in Big Data and government. Mr. Bakshi discussed how we are getting past the “hype cycle” and government agencies are now truly leveraging structured and unstructured data.  Read More

Cyber Threats Against U.S. Are “Prevailing”

Posted on March 18, 2013 0 comments
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Last week was very busy in terms of cybersecurity and our nation. On Tuesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing and Gen. Keith Alexander, Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency, warned of a growing “roster of actors” that are threatening U.S. interests.  Read More

TLS 2013 Video Interview: Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer for Teradata, Discusses Big Data and Government Trends for 2013

Posted on March 13, 2013 0 comments
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On February 27, 2013, Federal Computer Week and GTSI hosted a Technology Leadership Series event on “Big Data Analytics in the New Budget Reality” at the Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. The event brought together speakers from across civilian and DoD agencies, as well as top industry data analytics providers. Key discussions focused on successful big data analytics implementations, as well as demonstrations of emerging technologies in this arena.  Read More

NIST Seeks Input for New Cybersecurity Framework

Posted on March 07, 2013 0 comments
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Last week, cybersecurity professionals from around the globe gathered at the highly attended RSA 2013 Conference to share new insights, innovations and best practices when it comes to protection of our nation’s infrastructure. While the event is typically focuses on the commercial sector, this year government played a significant role, which is not a surprise given the key challenges that our government faces when it comes to cybersecurity. Leveraging the momentum from the event, the Obama Administration announced that NIST had officially issued a request for information for the development of its Cybersecurity Framework.  Read More

Commerce Department: The Top Big Data Challenges We Face Today

Posted on March 05, 2013 0 comments
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When it comes to fully leveraging big data in government, there are just as many challenges — from the complexities of using different databases to the sheer volume of data — as there are opportunities. In fact, consulting firm Gartner Inc. reported that enterprise data growth rates now average 40 percent to 60 percent annually.  Read More