Posts Tagged: NASA

Cloud Procurement Lessons from NASA and Arlington County

Trying to understand and explain the intricate details of cloud computing is hard — even for the government’s biggest techies. But even harder than that is navigating the cultural and technical challenges of buying cloud services. “Procurement was probably the hardest part of getting into the cloud,” said Roopangi Kadakia, NASA’s Web Services Executive. SpeakingRead… Read more »

Why You Need a Data Strategy

NASA has a lot of data. Understatement, right? In pursuit of its exploration mission, NASA has generated, collected and compiled a vast amount of data through the eyes of satellites, telescopes, robots, spacecraft, wind tunnels, laboratories and the cameras of astronauts that has helped us better understand Earth, other planets, and the depths of space.Read… Read more »

Space: The Next Data Frontier

The following is a case study from our recent guide: The Big Data Playbook for Government. On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American to enter space. Shepard instantly became a household name, along with the federal agency that sent him there: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Riding NASA’s Freedom 7Read… Read more »

What Your Agency Can Learn from NASA

NASA has done it again. For the third consecutive year, it ranked highest among large federal agencies for its employee satisfaction, according to the 2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey. The big question is, of course, how NASA continues to do it. This is especially puzzling when overall federal employee satisfactionRead… Read more »

Strategizing for Transformational Change

In response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began a strategic transformation from a law-enforcement to a threat-focused intelligence agency. A case study1 of the progress in the transformation at the FBI shows how strategic resources propelled by inertia, along with theRead… Read more »

Strategizing for NASA, Part 1: The United States Postal Service and the Porter Five Forces

In June 2014, the National Research Council (NRC) released its report on the future of human spaceflight, “Pathways to Exploration: Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration.” At its heart is a question of strategy – what should it be to move forward with a meaningful and successful path? In contemplatingRead… Read more »

Reaching New Heights and Revealing the Unknown: Interview with Charlie Bolden, NASA Administrator

“Our vision essentially says we reach for new heights to reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn makes life better for humanity,” notes, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. He joined me on The Business of Government Hour to explain this vision and more. We stand at a pivotal moment in space exploration. ThereRead… Read more »

Want Gov Innovation? Lift Off with NASA

If you want to know about major innovation in the public sector then look to NASA. The space agency is a crown jewel of government innovation and a global role model for groundbreaking scientific research and discovery. NASA serves as a reminder to America of what’s possible when Uncle Sam harnesses his full potential, asRead… Read more »