Posts By MeriTalk

All by Himself, Data Center Dave Stands Alone

By now you know all about Data Center Dave and his consolidation challenges. We’ve seen Dave struggle to determine his eligibility for consolidation, attempt to shrink or grow as mandated, and understand OMB guidelines. Now he now finds himself a lonely data center in a world of cloud-based data. Brought to you by MeriTalk’s DataRead… Read more »

My Cup of IT: Bespoke Barrier?

Pennsylvania Avenue makes Savile Row look like a flea market. You see, nowhere in the world will you find so many organizations gadding ‘round town in tailor-made IT duds. A new MeriTalk study on Mission-Critical Cloud – McCloud, if you will – provides a unique glimpse into Uncle Sam’s application wardrobe. And, Yankee Doodle’s dandyRead… Read more »

My Cup of IT: Motherboard and Apple Pie

By Steve O’Keeffe — My niece’s laptop blew out at college. Wouldn’t start. She called her dad. He bought her a new one. Took the dud home. Searched for a fix. Dismantled. Placed motherboard on tray and baked in oven for nine minutes at 385°. Reassembled. Fired right up. Don’t try this in aRead… Read more »

My Cup of IT: Minimum Wage…?

By Steve O’Keeffe — What’s the new four-letter word in government contracting? Yep, it’s LPTA – Low Price Technically Acceptable. The fowl language is flipping both government mission owners and contractors the bird. Sadly, contracting shops’ definition of TA is causing folks to call these contracts Tragic Acts. Consider the recompete. An aggressive newRead… Read more »

My Cup of IT: MAVIS

By Steve O’Keeffe — Who strummed the banjo and sang? “Dressed in colors pink and pleasant, Glows in the dark ‘cause it’s iridescent” Yes. It’s Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke. How many times have you struggled to find a movie line? Microsoft is fixin’ to help out. Have you heard about MAVIS? That’sRead… Read more »

My Cup of IT: iMullet?

By Steve O’Keeffe — Yep – like every other middle-aged fella, I had to have an iPad. It’s cool. It’s slick. But I sported a mullet too… At my “padiversary,” I’ve stopped lugging it to meetings. Couldn’t make intelligible notes. Keyboards for people that don’t need to work. Yes, you can get a keyboardRead… Read more »

My Cup of IT: Data Center Comedy

By Steve O’Keeffe — Who thought that DCC stood for Data Center Comedy? Nothing humorous about FDCCI – well, I beg to differ. Meet Data Center Dave. He’s MeriTalk’s newest creation – shorter and funnier than the Cloudboys. Dave is the Federal Data Center manager. Dave feels like everyone’s out to shut him downRead… Read more »

My Cup of IT: Cloud Ch-Ching

By Steve O’Keeffe — Senators Brown (R-Mass.) and Carper (D-Del.) don’t care for smoke and mirrors. They’re looking for the straight skinny on cloud at the MeriTalk Cloud Computing Brainstorm on April 25. The questions of the day. How much has the tax payer saved since OMB placed its big bet in 2010? What’sRead… Read more »