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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



Telepresence Brings Effective Teleworking to Life for Federal Agencies

Posted on November 28, 2012 0 comments
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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

Highest Level of Partner Integration Equals Real-World Solutions for Government

Posted on November 16, 2012 0 comments
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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

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Does SuperStorm Sandy make you rethink Desktop Virtualization?

Posted on November 02, 2012 0 comments
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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

The Impact of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act: It’s Bigger Than You Think

Posted on October 26, 2012 0 comments
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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

How Cloud Computing Can Help Handle Big Data

Posted on October 19, 2012 0 comments
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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

Insights From Oracle OpenWorld and the Private Cloud Controversy

Posted on October 10, 2012 0 comments
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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

TechAmerica Foundation Big Data Commission Releases Its Highly Anticipated Report

Posted on October 03, 2012 0 comments
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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

The Temperature is Rising in the SDN Market

Posted on September 25, 2012 0 comments
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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

Next Generation Collaboration Solutions for the Federal Sector

Posted on September 19, 2012 0 comments
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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