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Why Agencies Should Take After Lyft and Uber

April 7, 2017 Margie Graves, the acting federal CIO, knows a thing or two about IT modernization. She was formerly the deputy CIO of the Department of Homeland Security, and she has experience consolidating seven networks into one, 24 data centers into two, and moving systems into the cloud. “I understand the challenges...

GITEC 2017: VA Makes Progress on Transforming IT, but Still Has Work to Do

April 7, 2017 Rob Thomas, the acting CIO of the Veterans Affairs Department, has always believed in this saying: “If you want to predict the future, you have to create it.” At the VA, Thomas said that by moving aggressively on transforming the department’s technology, the agency has put itself in a position...

GITEC 2017: Do Feds Need a Cyber ‘Top Gun’ Program to Give Defenders Training?

April 7, 2017 Do federal agencies need to send their cybersecurity professionals to a cyber version of Top Gun? That was one of the suggestions for improving cybersecurity hiring and training that came out of this week’s GITEC Summit 2017 in Annapolis, Md. Agencies face not only a shortage of cyber pros but...

Air Force Wants to Use Digital Service to Get Ahead of IT Problems, Boost Efficiency

April 7, 2017 The Air Force is aiming to use its relatively new digital service to get ahead of technology problems and ensure that programs get off to a good start — and therefore don’t need to be rescued later on. The Air Force Digital Service (AFDS) was created in January, in partnership...

As Agencies Shutter Data Centers, They Are Embracing the Cloud with Gusto

March 28, 2017 The Data Center Optimization Initiative encourages agencies to close a number of data centers and fill the ones left open with more virtualized servers. A key part of that push is a move to the cloud, which provides efficiency and flexibility, according to federal IT leaders. The officials — from...

Feds Are Embracing Software-Defined Data Centers for Flexibility, Cost Savings

March 28, 2017 The federal data center is becoming virtualized, and feds are enthusiastic about that shift, according to a Dell EMC Survey. The new survey is an extension of the Dell EMC “State of IT Trends Federal Study,” which was released in November 2016, and it found that federal IT leaders are...

Feds Are Using IoT, But Deeply Concerned About Its Security

March 28, 2017 Federal officials know the benefits and dangers that Internet of Things devices represent — they likely have them in their homes, and they read the news when IoT devices are hacked. However, according to a recent survey of federal officials, more than a third of feds say they don’t know...

Former FBI Director: For Cyber, Tough Questions Must Come from the Top

March 17, 2017 Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, now a partner at Washington law firm WilmerHale, used to run an organization with 35,000 employees guarding some of the nation’s top secrets. The last thing he wanted was for the FBI to end up on the front page of The Washington Post...

Army’s New Cloud Contract Is Expected to Spur Data Center Consolidation

March 17, 2017 The Army has well over 1,000 data centers but plans to shutter the vast majority of them. How is it going to do so? By moving applications and data to the cloud, of course. In January, the Army finalized a long-awaited contract with IBM, worth $62 million, to build, manage...

How to Make Cloud Migrations Smoother and More Successful

March 17, 2017 What if an agency moved to the cloud and no one noticed? That’s one of the implications of a recent Deloitte survey that found that most federal cloud migrations have not been successful and that employees are not appreciating the benefits of the shift. What can agencies do to turn...