March 27, 2011    /    by

Why FedRAMP Matters to a Government Cloud Near You

What is FedRAMP? How does it help with cloud-computing environments? Can we use it here in our state? I expect these questions will be asked across America over the next few years in the halls of state and local governments.

What is FedRAMP? How does it help with cloud-computing environments? Can we use it here in our state? I expect these questions will be asked across America over the next few years in the halls of state and local governments.

The federal government is well down the path to defining security controls required in cloud computing. State and local government officials need to take notice and leverage this excellent federal work. If not, the many benefits of cloud computing will be overcome by the tough challenges in this new environment. READ MORE

March 20, 2011    /    by

Browser Battle Stays Hot: Microsoft IE9 is Latest Entry

Microsoft released the new Internet Explorer (IE) 9 this past week, and government enterprises across the world now have another important decision to make.

 Microsoft released the new Internet Explorer (IE) 9 browser this past week, and government enterprises across the world now have another important product decision to make.

 According to USA Today, “IE still holds a 54.3% market share, followed by Firefox (17.8%), Chrome (9%) and Safari (5%), according to Net Applications. It remains to be seen whether IE9 — which only works on Windows 7 and Windows Vista PCs; Windows XP users must stick with IE8 — can stem IE’s steady market share decline…. IE9’s distinguishing capabilities is the inclusion of a ‘Do Not Track’ privacy mechanism that’s similar to a privacy feature introduced by Chrome.” READ MORE

March 12, 2011    /    by

Helping Japan Recover - Governments Join Emergency Effort

As Japan strives to recovers from the devastating earthquake and tsunamis, global governments are sending aid in a variety of forms.

As Japan strives to recovers from the devastating earthquake and tsunami, global governments are sending aid in a variety of forms. From emergency relief personnel, food, water and equipment to technical assistance in search & rescue operations and reestablishing critical infrastructure, the needs are great. But what are governments and individuals doing now? How are we helping both individually and corporately?

Actions Already Taken READ MORE

February 26, 2011    /    by

Cyber-Security Action on National Governors Association (NGA) Meeting Agenda

As state leaders gather in Washington, D.C., this weekend for the 2011 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, one topic on the agenda is cyber-security. Experts in the field will be addressing questions like: What threats in cyber-space do we now face? What are the potential ramifications of these cyber-threats? What steps can governments take now?

As state leaders gather in Washington, D.C., this weekend for the 2011 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, one topic on the agenda is cyber-security. Experts in the field will be addressing questions like: What threats in cyber-space do we face? What are the potential ramifications of these cyber-threats? What steps can governments take now?

A NGA news release highlighted the importance of this first meeting since the November 2010 elections. NGA Chair Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said, "We have many challenges to tackle in the days ahead. However, with these challenges come great opportunities, and I look forward to working with fellow governors to find solutions and take necessary actions to put our states on the path to economic recovery."  READ MORE

February 12, 2011    /    by

President Obama Promotes Broadband: Northern Michigan WiMax Solution Showcased

Egyptian democracy and high-speed Internet are not topics that typically go together, but they were both highlighted during President Obama’s speech this week in Marquette, Michigan.

Egyptian democracy and high-speed Internet are not topics that typically go together, but they were both highlighted during President Obama’s speech this week in Marquette, Michigan.   But the President was not discussing the Google marketing executive who helped to start the Middle East protests with his social networking comments a few weeks back. This trip to Michigan was about jobs, high-speed Internet access and our new economy.

ABC News reported: READ MORE

January 31, 2011    /    by

Progress on Wiring Rural America for High Speed Internet

A quiet, but dramatic, change is well under way in rural America. Over the next two years, Broadband Internet access will become available to many parts of the United States that have been struggling with only dial-up connectivity up until now

A quiet, but dramatic, change is well under way in rural America. Over the next two years, broadband Internet access will become available in many parts of the United States that have been struggling in the digital age. These areas currently have limited high-speed access that is affordable, and many areas have no online connectivity or slow dial-up speeds.

USA Today ran a major article on this topic following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last week. The story is entitled: Stimulus funds help wire rural homes for Internet. The focus is on our new digital infrastructure which is vital for new 21st century jobs, health care and more. READ MORE

January 15, 2011    /    by

WikiLeaks Lessons for State and Local Government

“What do think about that WikiLeaks situation?” I’ve been getting that question a lot lately - not only from the typical techies or security pros, but from just about everyone else.

“What do think about that WikiLeaks situation?”

 I’ve been getting that question a lot lately - not only from the typical techies or security pros, but from just about everyone else. From government leaders to self-confessed Luddites to elderly acquaintances at church, lots of people are talking about WikiLeaks – still. READ MORE

December 29, 2010    /    by

Government IT Trends to Watch in 2011

It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be recapping 2010 and making technology predictions for 2011. Here are my favorite predictions and some important trends to watch regarding government technology infrastructures for 2011.

   It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be recapping 2010 and making technology predictions for 2011. While I don’t plan on recapping the first decade again or make any bold predictions for the future, I will offer some important trends to watch in government technology infrastructures for 2011.

But before I do that, here are a few of the top 2011 technology prediction articles that I have read by others: READ MORE

December 19, 2010    /    by

Cloud First Policy -- What Does It Really Mean?

The Federal Government has issued a cloud first policy as a part of the Office of Management and Budget s 25-point plan to reform federal information technology management. What does it mean for state and local governments?

The federal government has issued a "cloud first" policy as a part of the Office of Management and Budget's 25-point plan to reform federal information technology management. The policy was described by federal CIO Vivek Kundra during a December 9, 2010 presentation. This cloud first policy was presented as an important aspect of government reform efforts in order to achieve operational efficiencies by adopting "light" technology and shared services.

The potential benefits from implementing cloud computing are huge. One slide near the ends of the Mr. Kundra's presentation offered this bullet on how reforms will change the status quo: "Utilizing 'Cloud First' approach, provision solutions on demand at up to 50% lower per unit cost." READ MORE

December 4, 2010    /    by

Innovative RFPs: Back to the Requirements

It s not in the contract. We hear these words every day in government. The challenge is huge: To be innovative in our RFPs or Invitations to Bid (ITBs) and still be efficient.

"It’s not in the contract.” We hear these words every day in government.

Or, “Why can’t we just get the system to do it this way?” READ MORE