The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an inclusive term referring to any sequence of connected devices that transfer information to one another via the Internet. The IoT is a movement which should not be ignored by Government agencies when planning for strategic implementation of mission goals. According to research company IDC Corporation, 200 billion … [Read more...]

Federal Adoption of Infrastructure as a Service

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is quickly growing in popularity as a way for organizations to economically access computing resources without the need to procure or maintain the associated equipment. IaaS allows agencies the ability to pay for resources as needed, including storage, hardware and networking capabilities. The U.S. Federal … [Read more...]

GAO – Stronger Cybersecurity Controls Needed

It’s hardly a secret that Federal systems experience cyber-based threats. While some are targeted attacks, others are unintentional and linked to events such as equipment failure. Managers are understandably concerned, given that reported information security incidents have risen from 5,503 in fiscal year (FY) 2006 to 67,168 for FY 2014, according … [Read more...]

Big Data at Work – Where to Begin?

Analyzing data to improve organizational outcomes is not a new concept. From “Decision Support” to “Business Intelligence” to “Big Data”, the idea of data analysis is not new. What is new is the sheer volume, types, and increased availability of data to improve organizational outcomes. With the number of active wireless connected devices … [Read more...]

Enterprise Architecture at HHS

This is the second article in a 3-part series covering the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework. The Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF) provides the U.S. Government with a comprehensive and common approach to the strategic integration of business and technology management, as a larger part of performance improvement and … [Read more...]

Basics of Open Data Policy and Federal Awards

Open Data is a U.S. initiative brought about through an Executive Order, Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information. The goal is to collect and organize data gathered by Executive Agencies through the normal course of business, which is then placed into a comprehensive information system that allows data to be … [Read more...]

Closing the Federal Data Skills Gap

Big Data and data analytics can contribute greatly to success of organizations, both public and private sectors alike. Data has the potential to affect workforce efficiency, decision making processes, reduce waste and improve organizational productivity. Blocking progress to realization of these, and other benefits in the public sector, is the data … [Read more...]

IT Acquisition Added to GAO High Risk List

The United States Government invests nearly $80 billion annually for IT functions. Despite initiatives to better administer these acquisitions, IT investments continue to experience program failures on a massive scale. Over a 5 year period, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended over 700 improvements for IT acquisitions and … [Read more...]

A Basic Big Data Introduction for Non-Technical Leaders

Contributed by Dr. Paul Eder Most companies, outside of large analytics-oriented shops like Google and Amazon, have struggled to find ways to translate Big Data analytics into bottom-line revenue. Part of the disconnect in creating bottom-line results from Big Data may be due to a lack of leadership sophistication around the concept of Big Data … [Read more...]

Modernizing Federal IT Acquisitions

A visit to the Federal IT Dashboard is a reminder of the critical need to bring innovation and agility to federal acquisitions. Although significant changes and improvements such as strategic sourcing, IT-based GWACs, and large agency-specific IDIQ contracts have been made to the federal acquisition of IT products and services over the last ten … [Read more...]