We all know that there is no shortage of transformational ideas or exceptional public servants in government, working to improve how agencies operate. IT holds unbelievable promise to streamline processes and change the business of government. Although this potential is clear, we have seen agencies struggle to completely leverage IT. Instead of a gateway to opportunity, IT projects are becoming a burden on government.
How do we change that? Recently…Continue
Added by Kathryn David on December 5, 2013 at 2:33pm — No Comments
Summary: This post highlights the risks associated with public social media platforms and describes how private social networks (aka private digital networks) can reduce those risks while also enhancing communication and collaboration among organizational stakeholders. It counters the main points of resistance offered by organizational leaders and articulates the importance of…Continue
Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on December 5, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
The Service to America Medals are the Oscars of public service awards. The annual awards - by the Partnership for Public Service - are given to outstanding public servants. Last year's recipients included a…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on December 4, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
The demand for enterprise-grade cloud systems is not just growing in the United States; the need for cloud services has gone global. Oracle has responded to this demand by building four new data centers abroad, in Germany and Canada. These new additions will bring the total number of data centers that host Oracle services in the cloud to 17, according to V3, the British…Continue
Added by Kathryn David on December 4, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
In "Can Meat-and-Potatoes “Big Data” Help Detroit?" (http://www.ddmcd.com/detroit.html) I provide…Continue
Added by Dennis McDonald on December 4, 2013 at 8:16am — No Comments
Today, government agencies are challenged like never before to make smart IT investments. Organizations are challenged to adopt agile, efficient and transformative technology. That's why I am excited to share with you our latest report on open source technology. This report is the latest in our Agency of the Future series, which is highlighting the trends that will shape the future of government. Our recent guide focused exclusively how open source will shape the agency of the future. In…Continue
Added by Pat Fiorenza on December 3, 2013 at 8:15pm — No Comments
Open Season should be an opportunity to evaluate your health insurance costs and choose the plan that works for you and your family. Yet every year we hear from government employees who did not participate because the process is filled with too many choices and complicated rules.
We want this year to be the year that you get the most out of Open Season to ensure a healthy, happy, and cost-saving New Year for you and your family. That’s why we held a live chat with Open Season…Continue
Added by Kathryn David on December 3, 2013 at 4:09pm — No Comments
Optimizing your agency for mobile is a necessary step in today’s technology environment. In GovLoop’s recent mobile guide, we shared how government agencies are transforming internal operations and customer service by leveraging the power of mobile apps. For example, the Transportation Security Administration has created an internal app to keep employees aware of critical security updates and a citizen-facing app to keep customers informed of changing travel policies.…Continue
Added by Kathryn David on December 3, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
2013 may very well go down as the year of big data. At every government conference, training, networking summit, someone was talking about how big data was transforming the way their organization operates.
But one program rose above the…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on December 3, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
Looking back at the past decade, it is easy to see how technology improved our lives. We have transformed our agencies with mobile technology, data analytics, GIS mapping, and a whole host of innovations. But what happens when these technologies stop working for us and start working against us?
How many hours have you wasted dealing with technical difficulties this year? How many times did you miss a deadline because your system was down? How often did a cyber attack…Continue
Added by Kathryn David on December 3, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
Summary: Although social technology advocates have been calling for the death of email for several years, it's still the dominant digital channel by which people in organizations communicate and collaborate. The role of email in our work lives should be reduced, however, both because of its own inefficiencies and the increased availability of better tools. Effective leadership is the key to…Continue
When the government shut down in October 2013, employees were furloughed, websites were sent offline, and delivery of important government services was interrupted. These were all difficult consequences for our nation. Yet, the one effect of the shutdown that seemed to foster the most frustration was an unexpected one: the closing of our national parks.
America’s network of national parks represents some of the most beautiful places in the world. The U.S. National Park…Continue
In last week's Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Special Report, President Obama was asked what he has learned from the Healthcare.gov experience. In his response, he focused squarely on federal procurement problems, and particularly on the feds struggle in procuring IT, by stating, “[the] way the federal government does procurement and does IT is just generally not very efficient. In fact, there’s probably no bigger gap between the private sector and the public sector than…Continue
Added by Theresa Wilson on November 30, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
Today we are excited to release our latest infographic on Big Data. Our call to you is that now is the time to take Big Data to the next level. We all know Big Data holds great potential for government, but agencies are currently challenged on how to manage the volume, velocity and variety of data. Big Data is generally defined as data sets so large and complex that they are difficult to manage and process using traditional methods, but it doesn’t have to be that way. By viewing our…Continue
Added by Pat Fiorenza on November 27, 2013 at 10:06am — No Comments
As your agency continues to adopt new and innovative technologies, you must take the proper steps to secure information. Since information networks are becoming increasingly complex and connected, there are more opportunities for information to become compromised.
Now, more than ever before, you rely on safe, secure and efficient technology to meet mission needs. That’s why the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has created the Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation (CDM)…
Added by Pat Fiorenza on November 27, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
We’ve seen how complex government IT projects are. From the healthcare.gov projects to countless small-scale initiatives, learning how to properly implement and deploy technology projects is a huge undertaking for government agencies.
So where can we begin? It’s clear that dynamic leadership in the public sector is needed to successfully deploy and implement an IT project. Yet, in such a fast paced and digital world, the way we acknowledge and define leadership is changing. We…Continue
Added by Pat Fiorenza on November 26, 2013 at 11:21am — No Comments
I was taken back a bit by some statistics I read over on the IBM Smarter Buildings website:
The good news is that there is a…Continue
Added by Pat Fiorenza on November 25, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
EMC recently released the 2013 IT Trust Curve Global Study. EMC states, “The 2013 IT Trust Curve Global Study surveyed 3,200 respondents in 16 markets around the globe to assess their organizations’ IT maturity levels and ability to withstand and quickly recover from disruptive incidents such as unplanned downtime, security breaches and data loss.”
I found the report fascinating to read and go through. It’s clear to all of us that technology presents great opportunity and risks for…Continue
Added by Pat Fiorenza on November 25, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Has your agency transitioned to the cloud yet? If so, you are definitely not alone. More and more government agencies are taking that leap and using the cloud to successfully manage and store their growing volumes of data.
EMC, a market leader in cloud solutions, is hosting an upcoming event…Continue
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