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Fear Factor: AI for Cybersecurity?

We asked federal IT managers how they felt about using AI technology to boost their agencies’ cybersecurity. And while the Federal AI IQ Test results revealed that the vast majority agreed that cybersecurity presents the biggest opportunity for AI in the federal government, only 20% of them are “very comfortable” implementing it today. So what […]

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IBM enhances its proprietary Agile courses with ICAgile certifications

Agile principles are vital to driving tangible government value and user-centric outcomes What’s “agility,” and why “Agile?” IBM defines “agility” as the ability of an organization to rapidly, efficiently and structurally adapt to the changing business environments in both internal and external markets. Because government organizations are affected by an ever-increasing number of factors that […]

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Does Taking the Long View Help?

Traditionally, U.S. federal agency plans last the length of a four-year presidential election cycle. But many challenges facing government are on a much longer cycle – such as building Defense weapon systems, adapting to climate change, and creating energy independence. In 1996, Congress mandated the Defense Department to conduct a “quadrennial defense review” (QDR) of […]

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Can the Millennial Generation Rescue Government?

Can the Millennial generation help lead the charge in transforming governments in the new digital era? Despite efforts to transform services through technology, government organizations are trailing behind the private sector in the digital revolution. Yet today’s citizens expect government to provide the same conveniences they experience as consumers – including information and services when, […]

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Creating a Performance-and-Results Culture

How do you create a performance-and-results culture in your agency? Background. Over the past two decades, the performance movement has made steady progress. It has resulted in a focus on performance and results via strategic and annual operating plans, a supply of performance information to track progress of these plans; a demand for performance information […]

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The Internet of Postal Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) occupies a promising – and potentially perilous – position on the technology hype curve. With regard to the promise, our IoT research and initiatives confirm deeply held beliefs about the significant benefits that neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries can realize as a result of becoming more instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent. […]

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Driving Softlayer and BlueMix Partner Adoption

This week we held the Federal Summit with FCW at the Reagan Center in Washington, D.C. Several important new IBM offerings were announced at the event including the IBM Softlayer Federal datacenters, Federal Softlayer Security Operations Centers, and the BlueMix Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Acceleration program. My team has been hard at work on these initiatives helping […]

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Shifting the Healthcare Landscape with New Business Models and New Technologies

When we talk about healthcare transformation, many casual observers think that transformation is only related to the major Federal government mandates of the last several years, either the Affordable Care Act, and more specifically the insurance marketplace, or the Hitech Act and Meaningful Use.  Others look at the consumer mobility revolution with its potential to […]

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Hey, Medicare Fraud Strike Force – Rock On!

Health care fraud costs governments hundreds of billions of dollars each year.  Being a nut about effective government keeps me thinking about waste, fraud, and abuse.   Fortunately, things are looking up. Click here to Retweet In mid-May, the US Medicare Fraud Strike Force charged 90 people with defrauding Medicare of $260M. Some charged were physicians […]

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Cloud Computing Open Standards: Topology, Orchestration, and Open Services

Many of today’s Cloud Computing consumers are frustrated with the lack of interoperability and flexibility when it comes to being able to host cloud computing workloads across either public, private and or hybrid clouds, as well as when there is a desire or need to migrate cloud workloads across cloud instantiations as implemented by differing […]

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Cloud Standards Face Foggy Future

I’ve been privy to several very heated public (you could say almost religious) cloud discussions of late. In fact I was a panelist at the recent OASIS International Cloud Symposium in Washington, D.C. where the new economy cloud vendors evangelized their...

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Defining a Big Data Execution Plan

My team will be the first to tell you that I’m not a big fan of the word “strategy”.   The essence of a strategy connotes a high level plan but does not mean that those who have participated in the development of the “strategy” believe that the objectives...

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