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Fundamentally, Agile requires a rethink of the organizational aspects of planning, delivering, testing, and managing any IT project. The entire effort must be tackled iteratively. Stakeholders should be involved at every step. Testing must take place in every iteration, in order to les...
Disclaimer: This post does not endorse or criticize healthcare reform in any way. It is not meant to be political in nature. Rather, it is solely a high-level analysis of the IT issues that affected the release of the healthcare exchange website. On October 1, healthcare.gov, the heal...
IBM Federal General Manager Anne Altman pens an op-ed on how governments looking to adopt new communication technologies for public service should make sure they are buying products that are modular. Governments looking to adopt new communication technologies for public service should...
A new LMI study has found that NASA could implement techniques already in use by the Defense Department when designing rockets and spaceships. The nonprofit research recommended the space agency use readiness-based sparing in supply chain management to support ground systems for launc...
Deltek and SmartProcure have partnered to connect clients with a database that contains purchasing information of state and local governments. Deltek will gives its customers access to Florida-based civic technology firm SmartProcure’s database of government purchases for viewing mark...
A new report from market research firm Deltek indicates increased spending on IT outsourcing by federal agencies but fewer hardware and software purchases. A new Deltek study on the future of the federal information technology sector projects the IT outsourcing market to increase from...
Having more than 800,000 employees not drawing their paychecks can't be a good thing in a struggling US economy where job reports are watched as closely as the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Some experts don't believe the government shutdown will have much of a negative impact. Accordi...
Raytheon has finished testing its Griffin missile through a series of at-sea tests which included engaging small boats from U.S. Navy patrol coastal ships. The MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System was used at a sea test range in Point Mugu, California ahead of its deployment on...
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking the development of a unmanned aerial vehicle that is able to launch satellites into space, according to a UPI article. "We want to build off of proven technologies to create a reliable, cost-effective space delivery system with ...
For more than half a century, cloud computing has changed names more often than a Hollywood starlet. Utility computing. Time share. Thin client. SaaS. PaaS. IaaS. While concepts have been added and capabilities grown, cloud computing was no more invented by Amazon or other modern vend...
According to Erin McCann, Associate Editor of Healthcare IT News, “Meaningful use will bring about the most significant improvements in the health information technology arena, say health IT executives, who are working tirelessly to meet industry deadlines. However, a new survey finds ...
BAE Systems Inc. President and CEO Linda Hudson announces her retirement and urges employees to remain focused on mission despite changes, uncertainties. Linda Hudson, president and CEO of the U.S. arm of BAE Systems, has told employees in a letter to avoid distractions and remain foc...
NBC 4 in Washington, DC highlighted government cloud computing today as part of their GovInnovate show. Below is just a taste of the informative public service they provided. Go to the NBC Washington video site for much more!
n a late July memo the Office of Management and Budget requested cloud services brokerage. Well, not in so many words. Rather, OMB requested increased use of evidence in 2015 budget proposals and in evaluation of existing programs to, in the words of agency leadership, “continual...
Defense industry analyst Loren Thompson casts his eye on BAE Systems Inc. and four of the subsidiary's most recent contract wins in the defense services sector. In a column published Monday on Forbes, Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute looks at some of BAE Systems Inc.'s recent...
A new forecast from Communications Industry Researchers predicts big data and green practices to drive the fiber optic connection market to $2.2 billion within five years. Communications Industry Researchers projects the market for fiber optic interconnection will rise from $1.1 billi...
One of the big revelations within the evolving PRISM scandal is how important a role big data and cloud computing have played in enabling the NSA to facilitate the scale of monitoring they achieved. While there are many things to be said on both sides of the discussion around the PRIS...
Government contracting market research firm Deltek predicts a downturn in federal IT spending over the next five years as agency targets waste and duplication. A new report from overnment contracting market research firm Deltek predicts federal agencies will continue to cut informatio...
A new Government Accountability Office report calls out the Defense Department's quarterly readiness reports as incomplete. The Defense Department is required to have 26 elements in its quarterly readiness reports to Congress but did not detail five elements and partially addressed th...
According to a Federal Computer Week article by Frank Konkel, The Department of Veterans Affairs terminated its five-year, $36 million cloud computing contract for email and calendaring services with HP Enterprise Services. Citing a material change in the agency's requirements, VA offi...
On an almost daily basis, I'm approached for my views on "cloud computing technology". Although typically innocent in nature, I always cringe at the thought of enduring yet another hours long discussion over the existence of a "cloud computing business model". With this in mind, you c...
A Deloitte study outlines how commercial revenues have helped aerospace and defense firms navigate worldwide downturn in defense spending. The Global Aerospace and Defense Industry study examined the financial performance of 105 A&D organizations that generated more than $500 million ...
The deputy director and acting national director of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center says nearly a fifth of traumatic brain injuries in the military occur in the reserve components. Kathy Helmick, deputy director and acting national director of the Defense and Veterans Bra...
President Barack Obama plans to give address that will lay out a plan for addressing climate change that includes coal, electricity. The speech could lead the head of state to use his executive powers to enforce laws that underscore environmental protection as a key focus of his secon...
NIST Director Patrick Gallagher wants industry to submit feedback on how agency can work with private sector to build up the country's cybersecurity infrastructure. Companies are facing a number of challenges as they seek to understand their digital assets and assess resources for sto...
The Army selects three competitors to demonstrate a helicopter for the branch's future vertical lift program. A Boeing-Sikorsky consortium, Bell Helicopter and AVX Aircraft have been selected to discuss cost-sharing agreements with the U.S. Army for the branch's joint multi-role techn...
Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush and former Pentagon official Michele Flournoy say the Defense Department needs to start from the beginning when forming a budget strategy. Bush and Michele Flournoy, former defense under secretary for policy, both told the Center for a New American Securi...
John Kamensky, a senior research fellow for the IBM Center for the Business of Government, outlines the three technological approaches that are disrupting traditional methods for achieving government accountability. Three new technology-based approaches to government accountability ha...
The Government Accountability Office announced that federal agencies are not setting a good precedent in estimating their IT projects. Unfortunately, the data used by these agencies to measure their costs is often incomplete or gathered through word of mouth. Federal organizations woul...
Sequestration burst out of obscurity and entered our household vocabulary in 2013. It got our attention because the impact of it is $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts from the Federal budget over the next ten years. About $85B of these cuts will occur by September of 2013 - and...
Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute believes shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls is a safe bet in a defense sector facing down-budget years. In an article for Forbes magazine published Monday, defense industry analyst Loren Thompson turns his lens on shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls an...
Wes Bush, chairman CEO and president of Northrop Grumman, told defense industry officials May 3 they must continue to alert Congress to the potential effects of sequestration on the industry. National Defense Magazine reports Bush addressed a National Defense Industrial Association fo...
Please join me at the Gartner IT Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit in Orlando, Florida, June 18-20, 2013, where my session topic will be "Cloud Service Integration: Increasing Business Value and IT Operational Excellence". Gartner IT Infrastructure & Operations Management...
Sen. Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican, cautions that the world is watching the U.S. to see how it handles budget situation regarding sequestration. U.S. allies and adversaries are keeping a close eye on Washington as Congress faces a fiscal crisis that includes the nearly half-t...
The President's State of the Union address made it clear that data security is a top priority to keep personal, business-related and national security information protected. During the last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama included improving data security on his list...
In-Q-Tel just posted a press release on a recent strategic partnership and technology development agreement with a firm called Apigee. That statement alone is all the savvy technologist needs to know to start diving into Apigee. In-Q-Tel has a reputation for applying lots of focused th...
Next week I will be participating in the inaugural session of What’s Next in IT Debate Series, a new program of authentic debates and conversations on key technology topics. Sponsored by IBM, The Debate Series is an ongoing series of social video debates, held on Spreecast.com (a brow...
This week I will have the honor of attending the 2013 NNEC Conference at the Corinthia Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal. The NNEC conference is an annual event which has been sponsored by HQ Supreme Allied Command Transformation (HQ SACT) since 2004. The conference is a major driver to promot...
Lockheed Martin has designed a new tail hook for the F-35C Navy variant that is meant to allow the plane to land on carriers and be deployed to the fleet, according to a DoD Buzz article. The most expensive weapons program ever undertaken by the Defense Department has not only been ha...
There’s nothing COMMON about the operational picture any more! We are currently in the throws of change – shifting a legacy force structure capable of fighting two strategic wars at one time, to a leaner, more agile force projecting power through “expeditionary warfare”. As we adjust ...