According to a recent Cisco report, the number of connected devices per person worldwide will rise 50% from 2.4 in 2018 to 3.6 by 2023. And, at the same time – as we all well know - the days of a government employee logging on just during traditional business hours, in one building, on one or two devices, is over.
People bring the “constantly connected” mindset from their personal lives, to work. This mindset forms the expectations that they will have the ability to access all the information they require – anywhere, anytime.
For government security teams, it’s a love-hate relationship. On the upside, there are huge productivity benefits. And new opportunities for insights with the data collected and shared. But, as the volume and the variety of connected devices increases, so do potential cyber vulnerabilities. Read More
After President Obama passed the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, many agencies have been preparing for a new horizon where government employees will be able to achieve more flexibility and productivity through telecommuting. Some of the key advantages of teleworking is the strengthening of COOP (Continuity of Operations), which greatly reduces infrastructure cost and improves the work-life balance of employees. Read More
The age-old expression that it “takes a village” certainly rings true when it comes to providing the most effective solutions for government. Delivering a complete technology lifecycle has never been more important for government than it is today. Budgets are reducing with mission requirements staying the same. Read More
Superstorm Sandy threatened the Eastern seaboard from the Carolinas to Maine causing the federal government to close down on Monday and Tuesday. The storm finally made landfall Monday night, leaving record power outages, mass flooding and electrical fires in its wake. Does Desktop Virtualization solve user’s ability to work during emergency situations? Read More
On September 20th, the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), released his draft legislation, the “Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act.” This bill is different than most “information technology” legislation, because, if enacted, it has the potential to greatly impact the entire Federal IT sector including government employees and solution developers, service integrators and value added resellers (VARS). Read More
Last week, I attended the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector Summit and had the pleasure of listening to some very interesting speakers and meeting some of the smartest people in cloud computing. The Summit showcased innovative work being done with ‘Big Data in the Cloud’ and I’d like to share some of my thoughts and observations. Read More
Oracle OpenWorld kicked off in its usual exciting fashion with Larry Ellison’s keynote address that focused on announcing new, generational-leaps in technology such as the new Exadata version 3. Read More
It’s been an honor to serve on the TechAmerica Big Data Commission as a Commissioner with Darren House, a Data Center Technologist at GTSI, as my deputy. For the past four months, we collaborated with federal customers, members of academia, as well as several industry experts, on this important initiative. This comprehensive and first-of-its-kind report explains the underlying technology in simple terms, and identifies best practices and lessons learned from early efforts. The report also offers a set of policy recommendations and practical steps agencies can take to get started on Big Data initiatives. Read More
I recently attended a Cisco webinar on Software Defined Networking (SDN), which has become a very hot topic in the industry after VMware announced its acquisition of Nicira. Many believed this new technology would make Cisco nervous. It made for a good sound bite, but I guess I just wasn’t very hungry… Read More
Collaboration is a must for any team to succeed whenever they are involved in a process or common goal of any sort. According to Wikipedia, the definition of ‘collaboration’ is working together to achieve a goal. It is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together to realize shared goals. Read More