November 21, 2010    /    by

Will States Adopt Federal IT Management Changes?

The US Office of Management & Budget (OMB) will be implementing fundamental changes that “entail structural changes in how programs are funded, staffed and managed.” The plans call for a “cloud-first” policy which boosts the use of government cloud computing for new systems.

According to Federal Computer Week (FCW), the Obama administration has developed a five-pronged strategy for improving IT management in the federal government. The US Office of Management & Budget (OMB) will be implementing fundamental changes that “entail structural changes in how programs are funded, staffed and managed.”

The plans call for a “cloud-first” policy which boosts the use of government cloud computing for new systems. READ MORE

November 5, 2010    /    by

Transitioning to 2011 Priorities

There are many ramifications from the state and local government election results this week, such as this article which highlights new Governors to bring big turnover of State CIOs. So what should current (or prospective) government technology professionals be doing now to prepare for 2011?

 There are many ramifications from the state and local government election results this week, such as this article which highlights new Governors to bring big turnover of State CIOs.  So what should current (or prospective) government technology professionals be doing now to prepare for 2011?

 One place to start is the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) latest priority list. Here’s a quick peek at the top five priority strategies for 2011:   READ MORE

October 23, 2010    /    by

Learning from Mistakes and Being Off Balance on Purpose

Our Michigan Digital Summit was held this past week, and the opening keynote was truly different in a fun way.

Our Michigan Digital Summit was held this past week, and the opening keynote was truly different – in a fun way. Dan Thurman motivated, challenged, inspired and entertained us while illustrating concepts from his two books: Off Balance On Purpose and Success in Action. To get a sense for what this acrobatic performance is like, check out this preview video.

Trying to summarize his presentation is a bit like trying to tell a young child about the circus. Words certainly don’t have the same impact as the visual experience. Still, I’m taking a stab at some of the points that I took away from Dan Thurman’s high-powered performance. READ MORE

October 9, 2010    /    by

Mobile Device Management - More Smartphones Mean More Questions for CxOs

What is clear is that the battle for mobile apps is heating up, and the mobile OS space has moved up to become a core issue for CxOs over the next few years.

Microsoft is set to launch new devices running their Windows Phone 7 (WP7) operating system (OS) on Monday. While this is being labeled by industry experts as a vital new offering from Microsoft, new questions continue to arise for global enterprises. What mobile platforms should be allowed? Should standards be set to limit user choices or should customers be able to choose an iPhone, Blackberry, Droid or any other mobile device? The “cool factor” and business benefit may be real, but what are the hidden costs?

What is clear is that the battle for mobile apps is heating up, and the mobile OS space has moved up to become a core issue for CxOs over the next few years (along with cloud computing, identity management, data analytics, virtualization and a few other hot topics). Not only are the stakes very high, the issues are complex for government infrastructures. READ MORE

September 30, 2010    /    by

NASCIO Conference Day 3

Day three at the NASCIO conference began with a keynote session led by Thornton May, who is an IT Futurist, Executive Director and Dean at the IT leadership Academy and Author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics.

NASCIO Conference Day 3

Day three at the NASCIO conference began with a keynote session led by Thornton May, who is an IT Futurist, Executive Director and Dean at the IT leadership Academy and Author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics. This session was interactive (we broke into short table discussions at several points in the talk and reported back via a traveling microphone). If you ever get a chance to see Thornton May live - do it! READ MORE

September 28, 2010    /    by

NASCIO Annual Conference Day 1

The opening keynote by best-selling author Don Yaeger was inspiring and funny.

I'm at the NASCIO Annual Conference in Miami this week, and there is record attendance.

The opening keynote by best-selling author Don Yaeger was inspiring and funny. He told a series of stories from playing one-on-one basketball with Michael Jordan to being mentored by the great basketball coach John Wooden. His major focus was the characteristics of greatness, and here are a few of his 16 points: READ MORE

September 19, 2010    /    by

Internet Explorer 9 Beta Is Here --Time to Start Testing?

Microsoft released the new Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) beta web browser this past week, and the initial reviews from technology critics and even competitors like Google are positive.

Microsoft released the new Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) beta web browser this past week, and the initial reviews from technology critics and even competitors like Google are positive. Here’s what news.com.au in Australia had to say:

“Internet Explorer 6 struggled to cope with the demands of the modern web user right from the start, and IE7 and IE8 didn't do enough to differentiate themselves to convince people to upgrade. READ MORE

September 6, 2010    /    by

Virginia: We're With You

There have been quite a few headlines lately about the current challenges facing Virginia's government technology infrastructure . From this IEEE Spectrum article, to Computerworld in ...

There have been quite a few headlines lately about the current challenges facing Virginia's government technology infrastructure . From this IEEE Spectrum article, to Computerworld in the USA to the United Kingdom's version of the Computerworld Magazine, the situation has been covered globally in the mainstream and technology press.  Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has even announced an independent review of the recent "unacceptable" computer outage .   

For the past few weeks, many technology professionals around the country have quietly been watching and hoping for the best for our colleagues in Richmond, Virginia. Despite online criticism , technology leaders in other governments recognize the potential ramifications for all of us. Several of us believe that technology and security pros in government need to do some infrastructure-searching and ask: could a similar failure happen on my network? This is one of those "moments in time" when technology professionals need to take a step back and ponder those nebulous "what ifs." READ MORE

August 24, 2010    /    by

Intel is Buying McAfee: What's Next?

Everyone's talking about Intel's pending acquisition of McAfee for $7.7 billion. The list of questions is long. Did they pay too much - or too little? ...

Everyone's talking about Intel's pending acquisition of McAfee for $7.7 billion. The list of questions is long. Did they pay too much - or too little? Is this the beginning of a new trend or a one-off acquisition? What does this say about the security industry and/or about the state of cyber security in general? What will the impact be for government technology professionals? What can we learn from this action? Bottom line, why did Intel do it?

Leslie Fiering, research VP at Gartner, told SC Magazine , "The goal is to collect and develop IP that can go directly to silicon and bring security down to the hardware level. The embedded security will run outside the OS with a broad variety of software developer hooks. It is highly unlikely that Intel will make any of these proprietary or in any way specific to McAfee.... Bringing security down to the hardware level is particularly critical at a time when exploits at the OS level are getting more sophisticated on PCs and mobile OSs are still highly immature in the security arena." READ MORE

August 15, 2010    /    by

New Cloud Computing Offerings for Government: Yes, They Are Game-Changers

  Are recent announcements of product offerings from Google, Microsoft and others going to fundamentally change government technology service delivery?  Has the long ...

  Are recent announcements of product offerings from Google, Microsoft and others going to fundamentally change government technology service delivery?  Has the long foretold government paradigm shift now begun? Will we look back at 2010 as the pivotal year? Or, is this just another over-hyped tech story?

Lately, I am thinking that the answer may well be yes - we are witnessing a fundamental shift in technology service delivery for government. However, I think the full transformation could take up to a decade (or more) to complete. READ MORE