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
Recently, I met with a government customer who made the following comment regarding his agency’s initiative to move to cloud-based resources: “I know I can handle the technical part of the migration, but it’s the red tape that I’m the most worried about.” Read More
A few years ago I attended a conference with the theme “Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Device,” and I thought that was a catchy phrase. It is interesting to see that vision remained and the federal government is directing agencies to move towards that direction. The recently released Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American Peoplestrategy states “New expectations require the federal government to be ready to deliver and receive digital information and service anytime, anywhere and on any device.” That conference theme was spot on. Read More
In my previous blogs, I have discussed how big data provides significant advantages for the public sector – from helping agencies fight crime to providing event-driven operational intelligence. This week, I would like to discuss some big data technologies that are seeing fast adoption in the marketplace. Traditional data warehouses integrate and manage clean, structured relational data from diverse sources, and mine that data for actionable intelligence using Business Intelligence (BI) tools. However, challenges arise when agencies have to process unstructured data including full motion video, emails, voice, social networks, sensor-enabled facilities, web and biometrics data. By far, the technology getting the most attention in the market for analytic use cases involving unstructured big data at rest is Hadoop. Read More
Following the recent VMware announcement regarding their intent to acquire Nicira , there has been a lot of talk about Software Defined Networking (SDN) and how it is a “game changer.” At a high level, SDN is a technology and standardization that separates the network control plane from the forwarding of frames/packets. This enables centralized control and management of a network infrastructure, which is the final step in achieving true agility through cloud computing. With SDN in place, organizations can dynamically provision compute, storage and network resources without manual intervention or time delays. Read More
I was recently able to participate in an Industry Perspectives piece through Government Executive magazine’s Government Business Council. The piece was entitled, “Maintaining your Legacy, Adopting New Technologies: Integrating the Cloud.” In this article, we reviewed how agencies can quickly and securely adopt cloud strategies in mixed infrastructure environments. Read More
According to a survey of over 600 organizations issued by Really Simple Systems, 56% of companies are using a Cloud CRM system (compared to 45% this time last year); 72% of respondents claimed to have more confidence generally than a year ago; and 80% of indicated Cloud solutions require less IT support. Only 15% of respondents (commercial) admitted to still having reservations regarding adoption of Cloud systems, a decrease of 8% from last year’s figures. What does all of this mean? The confidence in Cloud solution adoption, at least in the private sector, is clearly on the rise. Read More
On July 18, I had the opportunity to attend a half-day GTSI / Federal Computer Week sponsored seminar titled “Making Cloud a Reality – How to Procure, Migrate and Adapt to the Government Cloud.” Speakers from the Department of State, GSA, DHS, NASA, NIH and the legislative branch shared their first-hand experiences on implementing cloud computing to reduce costs and increase efficiencies, as well as various cloud procurement challenges. I wanted to bring up a few important nuggets of information that I gathered from these esteemed speakers. Read More
I appreciate the initiative that former U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra had in promoting and driving cloud computing for government use by instituting the Cloud First policy. But where do we stand now, roughly a year and a half since he first outlined the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy? We are finally beginning to see the dawn of cloud adoption across the federal IT landscape. Read More
OK. The bashing of Amazon Web Services (AWS) after one of their Northern Virginia data centers went down as a result of major storms in the DC area a week ago is almost over. Now it is time to look at the facts. Did the data center lose power in the storm and go down? Yes, it did, along with hundreds of thousands of other facilities/homes. But let’s look at the issues. As I have blogged about many times before and discuss thoroughly in my book“Get Your Head in the Cloud: Unraveling the Mystery for Public Sector,” many Cloud providers are designed around their data centers not going down. Ever. Take for example, Terremark. You can visit their impressive facility in Culpeper, Virginia (with an appointment and a good reason, of course), where you will see multiple generators and numerous gas storage tanks. You will hear about the contracts they have (with SLA’s ) to deliver fuel in time to keep those generators running in case of power failure. That is not how AWS is structured. Read More
According to an article in Federal Computer Week, the recent storm outages across the Washington, D.C. area show a weakness in the federal telework policy. In this situation, telework did not provide this area with effective disaster recovery (DR) or continuity of operations capabilities. This leads me to believe that we need to help bring government policy and technology together to improve the quality of legislation that deals with technology solutions. Read More