Quick Tips for Defining Business Performance Metrics

During the course of working with various organizations that have deployed performance dashboards we have discovered 4 major success factors to implementing them successfully: (1) proper sponsorship and adequate resources for the project; (2) creating the right metrics and standardizing their meaning; (3) performance management dashboardsdesigning a compelling user interface and the proper technical infrastructure… Read more »

Replicating Speech With Natural Language Processing

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is helping to create software that allows improved interactions between computers and understanding human language. In short, it’s reshaping human-to-machine communications by powering speech to text services and apps like Siri, Google Talk and Cortana. To help understand the remarkable advancements of NLP and the related challenges to developing the technology,Read… Read more »

A Brief History of the Joint Information Environment

The Joint Information Environment (JIE) is an unbelievably ambitious yet necessary DoD initiative. Earlier, we shared a few statistics about the size and scale of the department’s IT shop, but here’s some additional context: DoD hosts more than 6,000 locations, supports 40 agencies and manages about 3.7 million people with cyber identity credentials. If those statisticsRead… Read more »

Government Agencies Must Improve Their “Grade” on Talent Management

When asked to make an assessment on talent management, organizations give themselves a pretty dismal grade: a C minus, or a 1.5 grade point average (GPA), according to a recent, ambitious survey report from Deloitte. Organizations are struggling Specifically, more than 2,530 business and HR leaders evaluated their proficiencies on a number of “urgent” needsRead… Read more »

How IBM’s Watson is Informing Cancer Treatments

Nearly every industry is looking for new ways to capitalize on data. From transportation to public safety, the public sector is working to embed data into their decision-making process. This is especially true in the healthcare sector. As the medical community continues to create more and more data, there is now an unprecedented opportunity toRead… Read more »

ICYMI: Looking Back at 2014

Looking back at year’s end, what themes pop out from the various blog posts written over the past year? What’s worth revisiting in 2015? Here’s a list at this link: (I haven’t figured out how to cut-and-paste text into GovLoop blogs without losing hotlinks, and since this is just a list of hotlinks, I’mRead… Read more »

Intelligence Analysis Methods in Scientific Literature

Intelligence analysis methods in scientific literature In a case study I recently completed I had the welcome opportunity to explore in more detail an interesting phenomenon in scientific publications: selective presentation of study results to scientific audience. The example below illustrates publication bias and multiple publication bias at its “best”. Whilst I do not underestimateRead… Read more »

TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

Stocks bottomed and rebounded strongly this week after the Fed assured investors that interest rates are not going up any time soon. All of the losses in the first half of December were erased in just three days in most indices. Now the market heads into the strongest seasonal period of the year. Will stocksRead… Read more »

It’s Time to Upgrade Your Network Infrastructure

GovLoop recently hosted an online training to help government understand the potential of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to improve network agility. Like any different technology advancement, new technologies can bring new challenges, and in order to capitalize on the latest developments, you must get your network in order. Dr. Michael Valivullah, Chief Technology Officer, National AgriculturalRead… Read more »

Leveraging Data from the Internet of Things

My dad loves his gadgets, especially when it comes to cooking. I couldn’t name half of the contraptions and devices he has bought that are now floating around the family kitchen. And each one seems to have a new electronic component, like his barbeque skewer that digitally conveys the temperature and other data about theRead… Read more »