Federal Acquisition Innovation Labs

The need for Federal Government IT support and solutions is extensive. In addition to increasingly complex networks and agendas to improve efficiencies, the public is demanding better security of information in light of high-profile thefts involving personal data. Agencies need to meet these IT security infrastructure needs and others, while the … [Read more...]

Federal Workspaces that Encourage Innovation

The Federal Government is making progress in implementing more flexible, innovation-friendly workspaces. The General Services Administration (GSA) is leading the charge with the Total Workplace initiative. The focus is to create an environment that allows Federal employees to have the ability to work from just about anywhere by utilizing current … [Read more...]

Effective Data Drives Innovation and Efficiency

The University of Texas at Austin, in conjunction with the Indian School of Business, conducted a three-part study on the organizational impacts of data, which included the publication, Impacts of Effective Data on Business Innovation and Growth. This intensive study examined over 150 organizations within every major industry. The study aimed to … [Read more...]

Is Big Data Important for Non-Technical People?

Over the past several years, it seems as if anyone who speaks the language of technology has reached the consensus that “Big Data is the future.” With the Big Data market projected to reach $50 Billion by 2017, it is easy to see how IT professionals reach that conclusion. Accordingly, it can be assumed that understanding Big Data and its … [Read more...]

Agile Methodologies and the Federal Acquisition Regulation

This is the first article in a 3-article series on integrating Agile methodologies within the context of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. This article focuses on the Requirements Development and Acquisition Planning phase of the acquisition lifecycle. Far too often Federal Government digital service projects fall short of their goals for a … [Read more...]

Professional Development for the Innovative Organization

When employees in government hear “professional development,” the term often becomes synonymous with training. If there is a perceived knowledge gap, train it away. If there is a new topic employees need information about, then more training is needed. Accordingly, professional development often involves reactive, … [Read more...]

Can Government Big Data Help Regulate Healthcare?

The U.S. Government recently released a document showing “hospital-specific charges for the more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals that receive Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) payments for the top 100 most frequently billed discharges.” This document, Medicare Provider Charge Data, included data from 3,000 U.S. … [Read more...]

Open Governance: A Look at UK’s Initiatives

The Open Government Partnership is a global, multi-government commitment to improving governance and lowering corruption through data transparency and active citizen feedback. The UK open data initiative positions the UK Government as one of the key leaders in the Open Government Partnership. By mid-2012 the UK had 8,300 … [Read more...]

How to Create Infographics for Impact

The goal of an infographic is to provide a visual representation of an otherwise complex process or concept. Infographics have the power to facilitate understanding while minimizing copy and to attract attention due to visual appeal. It’s no surprise that industries ranging from retail to government and of course, digital marketing are capitalizing … [Read more...]

Crowdsourcing for Government Entities: New Solutions for Today’s Economy

Tighter budgets, decreased revenues, and citizen demands have left government entities, large and small, scrambling to adjust. Maintaining or enhancing current levels of service with dwindling dollars is a substantial challenge. What are the most innovative, cost-effective avenues available to address this dilemma? Enter … [Read more...]