Commentary

Cloud Technology Can Lift the Fog Over Higher Education

Gordon Freedman, Special Report in The Chronicle of Higher Education,  Sunday, April 29, 2012

We are now more than a decade into the 21st century. Much has changed in terms of how we use online and mobile technology to interact with one another, learn about world events, look up facts, or share who we are with everyone else online. However, for all the innovations that new technologies have brought to consumer affairs, business, entertainment, and government, one sector of society—education—remains stubbornly planted in the 20th century.

9 mobile tablets reporting for government duty

John Breeden II, Greg Crowe, Carlos A. Soto, Government Computer News,  Friday, April 27, 2012

The tablet computer market is exploding. At last count there were more than 200 models that someone could use to do Web browsing, e-mail, word processing and general office tasks on the go. They run everything from full versions of Windows to various flavors of Android to BlackBerry to Apple’s iOS, and take many different forms, from near-smart phones to powerful computers with giant displays.

San Francisco CTO Talks Cloud Computing Best Practices

Sarah Rich, Government Technology,  Friday, April 27, 2012

Gina Tomlinson is an advocate of cloud computing in the public sector, and spoke about the benefits of cloud deployment at a TechAmerica conference in February held in Mountain View, Calif. The conference included the release of a report on cloud computing best practices called The Cloud Imperative: Better Collaboration, Better Service, Better Cost. The report is the product of a state and local government cloud commission organized by the nonprofit TechAmerica Foundation. At the event, Tomlinson spoke with Government Technology about the report and cloud deployment in state and local government.

Most public sector IT workers see benefits in mobile tech, survey says

Alice Lipowicz, Federal Computer Week,  Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Nearly three-quarters of public sector technology employees in a recent survey said the global proliferation of smart phones and tablet computers is having a positive effect on their agencies. Out of the 100 information technology employees interviewed, 31 percent said the impact of mobile device expansion and development was “very positive” and 41 percent said it was “positive.”

Government Moves to the Cloud, Slowly

Brandon Butler, PCWorld Business Center,  Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A year and a half after the U.S. Office of Management and Budget declared a "cloud first" strategy requiring government organizations to at least consider cloud-based services when launching new applications and IT services, experts say the government is only moving slowly to the cloud, and it has a long way to go.

Why do feds rank cloud, agile development down on their priority list?

Kathleen Hickey, Kevin McCaney Government Computer News,  Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Government agencies may be destined to operate in the cloud, and even adopt speedy mechanisms such as agile software development, but they must first lay the groundwork with standardization and automation, a recent survey suggests.

CIO Council unveils draft strategy for securing email

Federal News Radio,  Monday, April 23, 2012

A special committee of the federal Chief Information Officers Council has publicly unveiled a draft strategy for better securing email.The Information Security and Identity Management Committee of the Chief Information Officers Council first issued the draft report in November, but made it available to the public for the first time last week. The report garnered comments on how agencies can secure their email systems using DNS Security Extensions. The new report explains how email security systems work across a variety of agencies, and it offers advice on setting up new cyber infrastructures.

Privacy abuses could kill cloud storage

David Linthicum, Infoworld Cloud Computing,  Friday, April 20, 2012

Did you hear? Some employers are asking for your Facebook and Twitter passwords before they offer you employment. This issue caused so much of a stir that Maryland passed legislation to ban employers from such requests. I suspect the employers with these ambitions will have to go back to drug tests, blind reference checks, and background investigations to vet their candidates. What does this have to do with cloud computing? The rise of personal clouds -- such as iCloud, Mozy, Carbonite, Box, Dropbox, Google Apps, Microsoft SkyDrive, and other cheap or free ways to store our personal data outside of our homes -- could make us vulnerable to requests or demands for access.

Cloud Costs for Government Could Rise

Richard A. Falkenrath by Richard A. Falkenrath, Chertoff Group
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cloud computing for governments in the United States, especially services tailored for the federal government, may not be as efficient or as cheap as many would hope, says Richard Falkenrath, a principal with the security consultancy The Chertoff Group.

Deltek: Cloud opportunities will likely come in three forms

Jennifer Sakole, The Washington Post Capital Business,  Sunday, April 15, 2012

Federal cloud computing, while often viewed as a single opportunity, is actually a fractured market. Vendors hoping to find sales should focus on three categories: determining an organization’s cloud strategy, enabling an organization’s readiness to move to the cloud or implementing a cloud-based solution.