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Archive: December 2020

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


Can big data give the US economy a jolt?

Posted on November 13, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Many big claims have been made about the power of big data to fix problems. Seattle is leveraging big data to fight crime, Connecticut is using it to bolster public transit, and Baltimore is seeking toimprove quality of life for residents with recently announced big data strategies.  Read More


Connecticut improves public transit with real-time data

Posted on November 10, 2015 0 comments

State and municipal governments across the U.S. are looking for new ways to make the most of technology, both as a way to cut costs and to improve daily life for residents. For example, in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is employing big data strategies in an effort to improve quality of life for the city's estimated 622,793 residents. Meanwhile, Seattle is using big data to create real-time crime maps, and San Francisco is employingsurveillance cameras to improve the morning commute for hundreds of thousands of people.  Read More


NASA benefits from data center consolidation

Posted on November 03, 2015 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Data center consolidation is exactly what it sounds like: The consolidation of data from multiple server locations into only a few, or even one, data center location. The benefits typically include considerably lowered costs of operation, as data centers demand expenses in terms of property ownership and management, and in energy costs to keep the center up and running. For this reason, local, state and federal government agencies have been increasingly focusing on data center consolidation. In Nebraska, for example, the state government recently outlined a plan to save millions of dollars through data center consolidation by migrating information stored in multiple servers throughout the state into two data centers.  Read More


Federal IT leaders push for innovation

Posted on November 02, 2015 0 comments

Federal IT infrastructure has been targeted for serious renovations for a while now. The Cloud First Initiative, which kicked off in 2011, represented one of the first earnest attempts to virtualize federal IT services and encourage data center consolidation. However, execution has been slow out of the gates. Many agencies continue to adamantly distrust the cloud, and are holding fast to legacy technologies, despite continual prodding from the highest-ranking federal IT leaders.  Read More


Cloud computing is safe, says US CIO

Posted on October 28, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

The U.S. government has no shortage of federal agencies that are suspicious of cloud migration. In early October, there were multiple reports that cloud adoption among federal agencies wasconsiderably behind schedule. One of the main factors impeding adoption was a lack of trust in cybersecurity and cloud vendors, especially in light of recent cyberattacks executed upon the Office of Personnel Management, which resulted in stolen personal information of millions of government workers.  Read More


Data center consolidation will save Nebraska millions

Posted on October 26, 2015 0 comments
Category: Data Center

No company, organization or government can function without basic IT infrastructure services in the 21st century. Deploying and managing this infrastructure affordably has become a priority. When it comes to government technology services in particular, saving money, whether in the form of data center consolidation, cloud migration or through big data strategies, is essential. This was recently highlighted In Nebraska, where the state government has announced a plan to save around $5.3 million in IT costs over the next 10 years, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  Read More


Baltimore uses big data to improve quality of life for residents

Posted on October 23, 2015 0 comments

Earlier this year, Baltimore experienced a barrage of protests, some of which devolved into riots, following the untimely death of Freddie Gray. The turmoil thrust the city into the media spotlight, and under closer scrutiny from the nation. And while the catalyst was a series of incidents involving local law enforcement's use of violence against African-Americans, the city has taken several steps recently in an attempt to improve the overall quality of life for its residents.  Read More


San Francisco uses cameras to unclog public transit

Posted on October 16, 2015 0 comments

As the federal government continues to ramp up its data center consolidation and cloud migration efforts, U.S. municipalities continue identifying new ways technology can improve infrastructure and quality of life for residents. One example of a pilot program that has generated results came in the form of San Francisco's use of surveillance technology to alleviate congestion of public transit. The Transit-Only Lane Enforcement (TOLE), which was first introduced in 2007, was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown earlier this month, according to The San Francisco Examiner.  Read More


Cloud Computing Caucus announces new leaders

Posted on October 15, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Government cloud computing has been the focus of several government reports and headlines, especially since the implementation of the Cloud-First initiative in 2011. With many federal agencies gearing up for cloud migration, and many others still lagging behind, big changes are in the forecast for federal IT infrastructure. It is perhaps therefore fitting that Oct. 13, the Cloud Computing Caucus announced three new co-chairs: Reps. Barbara Comstock, Ted Lieu and Mark Walker.  Read More


FBI laments its lack of data related to police shootings

Posted on October 14, 2015 0 comments

The use of big data strategies as crime-fighting tools on federal, state and local levels has been a hot topic recently. One successful stab at turning data into more actionable insight came in the form of an up-to-the-minute crime information system that helps spots trends in real time. The system will be used by Seattle law enforcement officials to improve response times, and possibly even reduce crime in the long term.  Read More