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If an individual can create a free email account in a matter of minutes, and a small business can create its entire financial system online in a couple minutes, then why must the government spend billions of dollars building (similar) systems that may not be sensitive in nature?
I guess the title of this blog post needs a little explanation. Back in college - we're talking 80's here - professor Dr. ir. G.C. Nielen gave me some insight into the laws of innovation. His 4P law of academic innovation started
I guess the title of this blog post needs a little explanation. Back in college - we're talking 80's here - professor Dr. ir. G.C. Nielen gave me some insight into the laws of innovation. His 4P law of academic innovation started
I hope to see you at the SYS-CON sponsored GovIT Conference and Expo 6 Oct 2009. I’ll also spend time during the day attending the day thinking through everything I’ve ever written and learned about Cloud Computing and Federal IT and hope to bring that to bear in my interactions with J...
Global directories are obviously not new. There were efforts like X.400 and like, but then we kind of got scaled back to company-wide identities instead. So most of us just use a username (or DOMAIN\username) to log into our computer at work, and do not care that this is not globally u...
I’ve long sought to track disruptive IT on the CTOvision.com site, and have featured several firms on the CTOvision.com Disruptive IT list. A new feature on the site is the CTOvision.com Technology Titan List, where I’ll more closely track the activities of the Information Technology ...
Russia "will" develop a new Web browser for federal employees. The news was published on infonews.ru. The project is funded by the Ministry of Defense and FSB (formerly KGB). According to infonews, "several million rubles will be spent on creation of Russian Web browser". They are pla...
Like everything else in the cloud, software as a service (SaaS) is most commonly delivered in a Web browser and paid for based on usage; the more you use software, the more it tends to cost. However, the economic benefits of SaaS really fall into two categories. The first category is t...
Over the past few years I’ve been helping a lot of government clients design and implement architectures for information-sharing.  When it comes to information-sharing one of the most important aspects is the relationships in the data being shared because it’s those relatio...
Leonard Cohen sang "First we take Manhattan". And technology companies sang along: using New York based financial services companies as early adopters of their products and then building out from these beachhead customers. Sun was the prime example. But
Healthcare wealth is no different than any other form of wealth – it’s just a much more emotional microcosm. There is simply not enough medical care to go around. Not enough doctors, hospital beds, machines, drugs – not enough of any of it, and there very likely never will be. This isn...
The Sunlight Foundation has picked two winning mashups in its contest: Washington, DC - The Sunlight Foundation awarded Datamasher.org with the grand prize of $10,000 for Sunlight's Apps for America 2: The Data.gov Challenge. Datamasher.org is a Web application designed by Forum One Co...
I’ve met many strong players in the intelligence community over the last 25 years.  The strongest of them have always sought ways to enhance their outreach to others so they can better serve the mission.  But even the most experienced run into impediments in doing that.  Many of...
Great American technologists from academia and industry have always ensured our national security has the edge it needs, in peace, crisis and war. Academic Fredrick Terman brought us radar and Silicon Valley. Edwin Land brought us overhead ISR. Gordon Moore ensured integrated circuits ...
Mention cloud computing to a business hack and you’re more likely to be given a restraining order than an interview. “Not cloud computing,” they’ll groan. “But while you’re on the phone, does your client have a life-threatening illness and live in the North-West?” Or something like...
Continuing my ongoing series of conversations about the increasing availability of Government data, I recently spoke with David James of Sunlight Labs. Sunlight Labs is part of the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation in Washington, DC, and undertakes a range of projects to shine a ligh...
In this week’s cloud computing news we see some of the concerns in adopting this new paradigm, even as some of the largest business and government entities adopt (or seek to provide) cloud computing services. We can easily see vendors like Microsoft, Google, Oracle, HP, IBM, Unisys,...
To assist you in this challenge, the 2009 Government IT Conference & Expo is specifically designed to address many unique aspects of government information technology. Specialized tracks will cover cloud computing, virtualization, service oriented architecture (SOA), security and compl...
One of John and Adam’s pet rants on No Agenda revolves around the hysteria being generated for the swine flu and the vaccine that you WILL have to take under government orders, and then die after eating Monsanto-ized french fries. So, I decided to take a look around the Interweb...
The Kindertransports   A Jewish child resting enroot from Nazi Germany The history of the Kindertransports is a poignant tale of rescue, separation,  loss and integration following the persecution of the Jews in the Nazi Reich and countries annexed by the Germans during ...
STAMFORD, Conn., June 12, 2009 — Worldwide business intelligence (BI) platform, analytic applications and performance management software revenue reached $8.8 billion in 2008, a 21.7 percent increase from 2007 revenue of $7.2 billion, according to Gartner, Inc.
Image by Getty Images via Daylife There has been a recent burst of enthusiasm for making raw data produced by and for Government more ‘open,’ and this must surely be welcomed. Long-running grass-roots efforts such as Tom Steinberg’s mySociety and The Guardian’...
I briefly mentioned hashtags in my previous post as a special application of tagging in Twitter (www.twitter.com) and numerous other Twitter-related sites. In this write-up I cover hashtags in more detail. Hashtags are special tags defined as # that one can use as part of a 140 char...
It was the second-most-blogged article on the NYT when I got up this morning; now, it is the first-most-blogged.  It is the article that reports on a survey that shows 72% support for a government-run health insurance program.  The program would be similar to Medicare, but wo...
http://events.oasis-open.org/home/forum/2009 OASIS is pleased to announce that NIST will be hosting this year’s event at their http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/maps/nistmaps.html!   Proposal Deadline:  10 July 2009   ABOUT THE CONFERENCE Barack O...
I have been waiting for a worthy topic to make my first Ulitzer post and the events taking place in Iran are sweeping the Internet and world by storm. Below is an email providing a first hand account of the events that took place in Tehran on June 15th, 2009. My sincere hopes and wishe...
From the tweetdeck: RSS to @blackstone’s microblog pings from #gov20camp 3/27/2009 complete w/tarpiped flickrs, tumblr’d friendsters, LinkedIn group comments and delicious GovLoop tags – maybe Ustream, Youtube or Podcast, too. Or just read our blog, or my blog. Socialize - it's the new...
This is a topic I have come across a lot in my reading lately as it seems to be ever more relevant in times of an economic downturn…organisational issues such as capital costs and talent retention, and personal issues such as cost and happiness all become much more highlight...
Several things are apparent about the recession based on the recent news.1. Government spending does not have a significant impact in reversing recession. The Wall Street Journal reports that “only about $44 billion [Of stimulus money] has actually been paid out”. This is approximately...
Anschluss & Extermination The fate of the Austrian Jews       History of Jews in Austria   Ancient Menorah from the time of the Roman Empire Evidence found in the form of ancient artifacts demonstrates the presence of a Jewish community in Austria as early ...
June 2009, London: World class speakers confirmed for European e-Identity Conference   Are you considering, implementing or already managing e-Identity technologies as part of your e-security strategy? If so, then you need to be at the European e-Identity Management Con...
Secretary Napolitano requested that this sidebar, from an article PARADE Magazine published about the department in the Sunday, May 24, 2009 issue titled “We Are Prepared and Resilient,” be sent to all employees. In it, she describes the department’s top priority: to “help keep the nat...
I've been in touch recently with Sharon Colaco, a well-known IT business writer from Pune, India.Working with Sharon over the years, I've found that she takes a detached view of the IT business in India, ie, she's neither a cheerleader nor
Tonight we attended the Churchill Club's 11th Annual Top Ten Tech Trends event. These take place every year to predict the next big trends in the industry. This year was a bit different from previous years as each of the five panelists outlined one trend and the rest were "crowd-source...
In a past post I elaborated on social networks like Twitter as being a Help engine; an alternative to a search engine in some cases in finding answers and making decisions. I also paralleled this concept to the aims of KM, productivity, performance, sense-making, decision-making, etc:...
The Jews of the Sudetenland Bohemia & Moravia       1939 Map of Bohemia-Moravia The Sudetenland is the German name used in the first half of the 20th century for the western portions of Czechoslovakia inhabited mostly by ethnic Germans. Located on the border wit...
Gartner analyst Lydia Leong was kind enough to respond to an email I sent her regarding this debate over Gartner’s $46 billion cloud computing market.  To be clear, I enjoy Ms. Leong’s CloudPundit blog and generally believe that she gets cloud computing.  She was kind enoug...
Building upon the Federal CIO Cloud Summit this week in Washington. I have been invited to provide a keynote presentation at the upcoming Cloud Standards Summit July 15th in Washington. My keynote presentation will focus on providing a summary from the Federal CIO's Cloud Summit as wel...
The Obama administration is embracing the cloud in no uncertain terms.The Washington Post reports: "The Pentagon has awarded another contract for cloud computer -- which, roughly speaking, involves putting software tools on the 'net and delivering them to users only... S...
Interesting developments over the last couple days in regards to Cloud Computing within the US Federal Government. I have had the honor of being invited to Washington DC next week to attend the US Federal Government Cloud Computing Summit. The summit is being hosted by the US governmen...