Federal Insights

Agencies today are being asked to do a lot with their data. With information generated by new sources - from social media outlets to mobile devices - agencies must store, monitor, organize, access, and, most importantly, make sense of data in a way that allows them to best serve the American citizenry.

 

The data center is the eye of this data storm, and it’s essential that IT leaders have the best tools at their disposal to ensure information flows seamlessly throughout the network. These tools go beyond technology alone and must also include a strategic approach to acquisition planning.

 

 

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The CIO of the Future

by Anthony Robbins ‎05-13-2015 08:18 AM - edited ‎05-13-2015 11:18 AM (3,355 Views)

As federal agencies rapidly transition into a new age of cloud, security, mobile, social and big data-driven information technology solutions, agency CIOs are finding that their roles are changing as well. The recently passed Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) has the ability to inspire a profound change as it impacts the role of the CIO. The CIO of the Future is no longer simply an IT manager or a political role with little designated authority, but a strategic advisor with a role more similar to that of an enterprise CIO. As IT becomes the centerpiece of agency missions and activities, the CIO is becoming an essential part of agency leadership.

 

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Budget Constraints, Network Performance Top Government’s List of Security Barriers

by walkerj ‎04-27-2015 08:37 AM - edited ‎04-27-2015 10:24 AM (1,872 Views)

With breaches affecting government entities from the White House to the Department of State, high profile security incidents have dominated headlines over the past year. According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) recognized more than 46,000 security incidents in 2013. With these issues in mind, it comes as no surprise that a recent Market Connections survey of federal IT decision makers and influencers found that only 26 percent of agencies feel their network data is fully protected. 

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Internet of the Things You Can Do in Government IT

by Anthony Robbins on ‎04-01-2015 06:46 AM (3,125 Views)

The Internet of Things is making a huge impact on the public sector and changing the role of everyday devices, from watches to thermometers. As government’s understanding of the IoT expands, agencies are now thinking in terms of what they can do as a result of these connected devices. This is what we define as the “Internet of Things You Can Do.”

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What’s Missing from Government’s Security Wish List?

by Anthony Robbins ‎02-23-2015 10:06 AM - edited ‎02-24-2015 04:58 AM (2,517 Views)

There is no question that security is becoming one of government’s top IT concerns. Breaches have become so frequent that it is no longer a question of if they will occur, but when.

 

According to a GAO report, the number of security incidents at federal agencies that have involved the potential exposure of citizens’ personal information has increased from 10,400 in 2009 to more than 25,500 in 2013. As network security remains the most critical area of vulnerability prevention, government agencies are in need of next-gen solutions that don’t stifle innovation. 

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Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) reveals the latest cutting-edge devices and gadgets poised to disrupt the consumer tech space. In 2015, it was evident that this would be the year of Bluetooth-enabled everything -- wearables, smart watches, necklaces and toothbrushes – all becoming network endpoints, gathering and transmitting large volumes of data. 

 

The New IP – a network foundation for innovation based on open standards, and a software-defined, dynamic and user-centric infrastructure - is industry’s answer to the demands emerging IT trends are placing on the network. The New IP addresses the increased need for bandwidth, scalability and performance created by the changing IT landscape.

 

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What is the New IP? If you’ve been following my series on Federal Insights, you may know that the New IP is an emerging networking foundation for innovation based on open standards, and a software-defined, highly dynamic and user-centric infrastructure. In today’s post, we’ll be looking at how agencies need to not only innovate their networks but also rethink how they procure technology.

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Over this series of Federal Insights posts, we’ve put together a checklist to help agencies make the shift to the New IP. The New IP represents the networking industry’s recognition that legacy networks, which account for a large part of the federal government’s infrastructure, can limit innovation. The New IP is an emerging networking foundation for innovation based on open standards, software-defined, highly dynamic and user-centric infrastructure.

 

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Over a series of Federal Insights posts, we are putting together a checklist to help agencies make the shift to the New IP. Demanding open standards from technology providers is a critical first step to opening the doors to innovation through the New IP. Software-based IT infrastructure is the next step on the roadmap to the New IP.

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Is your agency on the path to the New IP? Our checklist, which we’ll outline throughout a series of upcoming posts, can help to determine if your agency is moving in the right direction when it comes to modernizing your network. 

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The federal government faces a daunting IT challenge. Due to aging legacy infrastructure and out-of-control maintenance costs, agencies are struggling to keep pace with commercial best practices. What can agencies do to align with the IT best practices that are commonplace in the commercial space?

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The time to focus on data center modernization results and performance instead of vanity metrics is now. How is your agency addressing consolidation and modernization goals?

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Changing the Network Conversation

by Anthony Robbins on ‎09-15-2014 11:10 AM (1,748 Views)

In August, leaders in government and industry met at the Federal Forum to talk about changing the network conversation to bring the federal government into the 21st century. In the federal IT market, the network is the next frontier, and all eyes are on our federal IT leaders to see where this wave of change takes us.

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The Future is Now for Federal IT Transformation

by Anthony Robbins on ‎08-11-2014 01:41 PM (2,478 Views)

No longer are we at the end of an IT lifecycle – we’re at the beginning of a new one

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