October 4, 2009    /    by

Are Google Outages Becoming a Serious Problem?

 It was Saturday morning, October 3, 2009, and I was trying to log into my gmail (Google mail) account about 7:45 AM (EST). After typing in ...

 It was Saturday morning, October 3, 2009, and I was trying to log into my gmail (Google mail) account about 7:45 AM (EST). After typing in the URL and hitting return, nothing happened. The screen froze. I tried Google search, and I got the same thing. What's going on? 

   I quickly tried Microsoft's Bing search, no problems. I also visited USAToday, the Detroit News, our State of Michigan portal and others. They all worked - and they were fast. I thought: "No, the Internet is not down and my home wireless network is working fine."  READ MORE

September 28, 2009    /    by

Don't Neglect Identity in Your Government Cloud

 Got any calls lately from vendors who want to share their new cloud computing strategy? I certainly have - and from some unlikely sources. ...

 Got any calls lately from vendors who want to share their new cloud computing strategy? I certainly have - and from some unlikely sources. Whether public, private, government or some other word is out front, the word "cloud" has become our new pixy dust - ready to solve all our technology and budget problems.

 Over the past several months, virtually every technology company in the world has developed a cloud computing strategy. A new cloud headline seems to surface every few days. Here are a few: READ MORE

September 22, 2009    /    by

Out of Africa: Government Technology is a Global Theme

 I just returned from a nine day trip to South Africa where I was one of the keynote speakers during&...

 I just returned from a nine day trip to South Africa where I was one of the keynote speakers during GovTech 2009 in Durban. To say that I was impressed with what is going on in Southern Africa would be an understatement, I was truly amazed by their global perspective and technology progress. The conference theme was "Doing ICT for the citizens," and most presenters provided clear, practical technology benefits to ordinary citizens. Speakers from the United Kingdom, Austria, Canada, Brazil, and numerous other countries offered their insights on best practices in Information, Communications, and Technology (ICT).  

 Initially, I was apprehensive about the long trip, but I was looking forward to a fun vacation with my daughter. (We went on a beautiful three day safaris after the conference.) But my expectations were exceeded by outstanding presentations which were a mixture of direct talk about hard issues like the supplier - CIO relationship, the realities of open source, and convergence in a customer-centric era.       READ MORE

September 7, 2009    /    by

Data Storage Market Decline Brings Opportunities

    EMC continues to lead IBM, Dell and HP in the external disk storage systems market, but worldwide revenue declined by 18.7% from the ...

 

  EMC continues to lead IBM, Dell and HP in the external disk storage systems market, but worldwide revenue declined by 18.7% from the prior year's second quarter, according to the research firm IDC. eWeek.com broke down the storage sales by revenue percentage, with EMC grabbing 21.5% of the market, IBM had 14.9% and HP came in third with 11.4% of the market share. Dell and NetApp finished in a tie with under 10% of the market share each.      READ MORE

August 30, 2009    /    by

Kundra Addresses Architecture, Procurement and Partnerships

 In a recent interview with Government Computer News (GCN), Federal CIO Vivek Kundra revealed some very interesting perspectives regarding the need to upgrade technology ...

 In a recent interview with Government Computer News (GCN), Federal CIO Vivek Kundra revealed some very interesting perspectives regarding the need to upgrade technology infrastructure, enterprise IT architectures, better procurement, and keys to building partnerships between governments and contractors.   The GCN interview offers a mixture of policy directions as well as pragmatic advice for technology leaders. I urge readers to pay attention.

Here are some highlights: READ MORE

August 24, 2009    /    by

New NGA Guidance for Electronic Health Information Exchange (HIE)

 The State Alliance for e-Health, which is sponsored by the National Governor's Association (NGA), has released new guidance which urges states to start planning ...

 The State Alliance for e-Health, which is sponsored by the National Governor's Association (NGA), has released new guidance which urges states to start planning now to foster health information exchanges and adoption of electronic health records. The guidance is entitled: Preparing to Implement HITECH: A State Guide for Health Information Exchange.

The report stated that this effort is a national priority, and the outline contains eight recommended actions:  READ MORE

August 17, 2009    /    by

Time to Disconnect? eMail and Vacation

Do you ever struggle with balancing work and family time? I certainly do. Turning off a Blackberry can be hard - even on vacation. No ...

Do you ever struggle with balancing work and family time? I certainly do. Turning off a Blackberry can be hard - even on vacation. No doubt, there's plenty of advice available that tends to go to one of the two extremes - totally unplug or stay connected 24 x 7

   So what's possibly wrong with unplugging for a week or two? The benefits seem obvious, and experts encourage leaders to unplug so that others can to . A vacation should be a time to recharge and get away to de-stress, and many bloggers ( such as this one ) chastise people for reading emails on vacation. One argument goes further and says that your team needs to feel empowered and know that you trust them.  Reading emails on vacation can even send the wrong message to your team. READ MORE

August 3, 2009    /    by

Social Networking: Should We Ban or Expand at Work?

  Every few weeks I visit a few of the federal government technology websites like Government Computer News or Federal Computer Week to see ...

  Every few weeks I visit a few of the federal government technology websites like Government Computer News or Federal Computer Week to see what's hot in the federal government. Occasionally, the trends seem to be contradictory - like this past week.

  Take the popular topic of using social networks (like Facebook and Twitter) in government. One recent article was entitled: Security Issues May Lead DoD to ban use of social mediaREAD MORE

July 27, 2009    /    by

Marketing Hype: Dealing with Email, Phone and Other Advertising Tricks

  A few times a year I feel the need to rant. This blog entry is one of those times, and the topic is dealing ...

 

A few times a year I feel the need to rant. This blog entry is one of those times, and the topic is dealing with the annoying emails, phone calls, and other contacts that regularly cross the paths of government technology professionals in 2009.  Yes, we all know about bank phishing scams or Viagra spam, but these are from (supposedly) reputable technology companies that are trying to grow their business or from other professional organizations who are trying to impress us. They often come across like desperate rookies screaming for attention. READ MORE

July 20, 2009    /    by

Move Over Real ID: Here Comes PASS ID

  After a revolt over cost, timelines and a host of other difficult issues, the original "Real ID" appears dead. Secretary Napolitano testified ...

  After a revolt over cost, timelines and a host of other difficult issues, the original "Real ID" appears dead. Secretary Napolitano testified this past week on why changes were needed to create a new "PASS ID" which will be partially funded by the federal government. PASS ID stands for "Providing for Additional Security in States' Identification Act." Washingtontechnology.com described the differences in this plan.  

Calling it " Real ID Version 2 ," new legislation was introduced into Congress which would modify the Real ID Act of 2005. Implementation details from the original Real ID were opposed by many Governors, the National Governor's Association and numerous privacy activists. READ MORE