As a loyal Esri fan, I couldn't let this open house go by unnoticed!
At the R&D open house "you’ll see the latest Esri developments and meet the software engineers who are building the next generation of GIS software and online mapping capabilities. Experts will be on hand to listen to your requirements and answer any… Continue
Added by Megan Price on August 29, 2014 at 12:48pm —
A few years ago I heard it said by political advisors that one hand-written letter to a Minister counts for more than 100 emails on the same topic. Continue
The perception was that if someone sat down and wrote their thoughts in long-hand it showed more interest and commitment than if they typed and posted them online in a blog, social network or website.
I believe this has changed slightly, with emails now accorded almost equal status with postal mail (largely by…
Added by Craig Thomler on August 29, 2014 at 12:30am —
As IT administrators and chief information officers, you face a particular challenge: facilitate the ability for your agency to work remotely, while reducing costs, protecting your data and assuring compliance. Your employees need flexibility in the way they work, as well as the ability to connect to resources anywhere, anytime.
Thanks to advances in technology, today you have an unprecedented opportunity to change the way your agency operates. IT leaders are exploring the… Continue
Added by Pat Fiorenza on August 28, 2014 at 2:00pm —
“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
This common phrase can be said for a lot of bureaucratic procedures: they’re slow to change and can eventually fall into a rut.
Like any change-adverse person, federal agencies have become too comfortable with an old-school procurement process.… Continue
Added by Corinne Stubbs on August 28, 2014 at 11:30am —
The following is an excerpt from our latest guide on Open Data & GIS: Better Understanding Our World.
In December 2007, a group of open data activists met in Sebastopol, California to discuss the promise of open data for government. This meeting would set the foundation for the… Continue
Added by Pat Fiorenza on August 26, 2014 at 2:30pm —
State and local governments face a challenge when deploying new IT solutions. CIOs must build the right digital services that their constituents demand, and also must design IT systems and architectures that… Continue
Added by Pat Fiorenza on August 26, 2014 at 9:00am —
Added by Drew Doggett on August 20, 2014 at 4:30pm —
Although we're in at least the seventh decade of the Digital Era, and people realize how integral social and digital technologies are to both our personal and professional lives, there is still a very strong tendency to underestimate the critical role of digital property in managing a brand identity, pursuing goals and objectives, and managing risk. Digital property is often treated as if… Continue
Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on August 20, 2014 at 8:30am —
Technology is an enabler. It gives us the ability to harvest big data, mobilize in ways unknown to previous generations, and shows us the means to improve every aspect of society. But that’s all. It just gives us the means, not the action.
Some industry leaders are looking to turn means into action. One of AFFIRM’s (the Association for Federal Information Resources Management) monthly panels looked at successful IT projects in government, the challenges faced, and the… Continue
Added by Drew Doggett on August 19, 2014 at 12:30pm —
Health and Human Services may be the (or one of the) most important agencies to engage with open data. Public health departments, in particular, analyze and understand threats to the public’s wellbeing— a vitally important civic function. Your local Department of Public Health, for instance, strives to keep you up-to-date of your risk of contagious disease, the emergence of environmental hazards, and the likelihood of… Continue
Added by Abhi Nemani on August 18, 2014 at 3:30pm —
With the stagnant economy, cost control has become the new mantra of every business. Businesses are deploying various strategies to contain costs and maintain profitability. Amongst such strategies is control and visibility into spending with external suppliers.
Spend analytics is the process of aggregating, cleansing, and analyzing corporate spending data for the purpose of reducing costs and improving operational performance. According to…
Added by Kara Batt on August 18, 2014 at 1:30pm —
GovLoop recently hosted an online training session “Does Government Need an Exit Strategy for Facebook?” that explored ways to increase your organization’s outreach through social media.… Continue
Added by Drew Doggett on August 18, 2014 at 10:30am —
Transforming Data Into Smart Business Analytics
Check out my in-studio Tech Talk interview with John Gilroy at WFED Federal News Radio in Washington, DC. Learn how Federal agencies can achieve more by leveraging Tableau Software to see and understand all sizes and types of data. The segment titled Transforming Data Into Smart Business Analytics aired on August 12,… Continue
Added by David Rubal on August 14, 2014 at 2:02pm —
It’s been about 10 years. Apple went from creating one of the most interesting and successful media playing devices, the iPod, to generating the flagship mobile experience for consumers. Of course, I’m talking about the iPhone. The iPhone is simple, elegant, user friendly, and it just works, but the trick in the iPhone and the broader Apple marketplace is that they’ve been able to crack the…
Added by Abhi Nemani on August 14, 2014 at 1:30pm —
In government, we often talk about the importance of building public-private partnerships. In San Jose, they aren’t just talking about building partnerships – they’re actually doing it.
The Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, a facilitator of public private partnerships, is working on ways to leverage Silicon… Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on August 14, 2014 at 1:00pm —
In the early 20th century, you could only listen to music by attending live performances. Then you could listen to it on recordings. Then radio, vinyl, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs, Napster iTunes and now through various streaming services like Pandora, Rdio, and Spotify.
If the technology to record… Continue
Added by Drew Doggett on August 14, 2014 at 10:00am —
No longer are we at the end of an IT lifecycle – we’re at the beginning of a new one
In this day and age, we expect our financial transactions, social networks, cars and even our televisions to operate at lightning fast speeds, enable unlimited connectivity and deliver services at the push of a button. We should expect and receive the same from the services our federal government provides. From interactions with civilian agencies for major life events to enjoying the… Continue
Added by Anthony Robbins on August 14, 2014 at 8:49am —
As the market for talent acquisition software evolves, government agencies typically move through a process of identification, proposals, testing and selection to determine the best fit for their organization. There are the usual RFIs, RFPs, solution bake offs and pilot testing, with the… Continue
Added by Joe Abusamra on August 14, 2014 at 8:45am —
It was great to see the recent blog of US General Services Administration (GSA) CIO Sonny Hashmi in which he establishes “open source first” as an agency policy:
“Simply put, any solution developed using taxpayer dollars should be in the taxpayer’s domain (open source). At GSA, we believe that all code we developed should be shared under an open license so others may benefit from… Continue
Added by Rolando Penate on August 13, 2014 at 3:44pm —
When I meet with agency customers, I hear about the struggles we face to get IT acquisitions done efficiently and smoothly.
Most government agencies–federal, state or local—face similar acquisition problems:
- How do we acquire IT faster?
- How can we continue to find savings?
- Can you make it easier to acquire mission-critical IT solutions?
- Can you help us meet annual small business goals?
- Can you help us meet…
Added by Mary Davie ITS on August 13, 2014 at 12:12pm —