Government 2.0

Medical Technology, Healthcare & Government IT

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  • Modernization of Administrative Process and IT Systems

    Federal agencies are facing critical needs for information technology upgrades and enhancements. Not only are many of today’s government systems antiquated, they are also expensive to maintain and manage. The core systems have undergone so many changes over the years that the source code has become virtually obscure. Add to this tardy application response times, [&hellip…

  • How Adoption of Open Standards Can Benefit Federal Agencies

    Governments worldwide are beginning to emphasize that their IT departments adopt Open Standards because of the improved interoperability, organizational flexibility and responsiveness that such an initiative can result in, and also as a means for avoiding vendor lock-in. As technology becomes increasingly an integral part of other disciplines, this new-found preference for Open Standards is [&hellip…

  • 10Gb Ethernet: Taking Virtualization to the Next Level

    With its huge potential for saving money and improving operational efficiency, virtualization has come as a boon to cash-strapped Federal CTOs. Not only can it substantially reduce the cost of running data centers and corporate networks through more efficient use of both hardware and software, it can also significantly reduce the number of physical devices [&hellip…

  • Virtualization: Your First Step to Data Center Consolidation

    The Obama Administration has taken a hard look at the Federal IT infrastructure, and has come to the conclusion there’s way too much of flab that needs to be trimmed. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has been put on the job, and he’s got his task cut out – reduce information technology costs, lower energy consumption, [&hellip…

  • How to improve SAN reliability

    Recent times have seen frequent data center outages that have seriously affected the day-to-day lives of ordinary citizens. The latest to hog the headlines was the one at Virginia Information Technologies Agency’s (VITA) Storage Area Network (SAN) located at a large suburban Richmond Computing Center. The problem began on August 25, 2010 with the crash [&hellip…

  • Why Clients should take a closer look at SOWs

    One very important aspect of successful project management is the creation of a Statement of Work (SOW). A Statement of Work can be defined as a narrative description of the products and services to be provided to a client under contract. Basically the SOW tells “what” needs to be accomplished rather than “how” it is [&hellip…

  • McKinsey’s view of Government 2.0

    McKinsey & Company, the venerable management consultant firm, has a nice publication called McKinsey Quarterly. Along with Harvard Business Review and MIT Technology Review, McKinsey Quarterly is one of my favorite publications. Recently the McKinsey Public Sector folks published their E-Government 2.0 article (warning: login required, free article). Here’s the summary: Despite spending enormous amounts [&hellip…

  • Managing FISMA compliance with OpenFISMA tool

    As architects working on federal projects we spend a ton of time on security practices and FISMA compliance. Implementing FISMA guidelines involves lots of manual tracking of dozens of steps and checks across various groups. I was pleased to run across OpenFISMA recently because it helps automate some of the manual steps in FISMA compliance [&hellip…

  • Google Embarks on Public Data Search

    Google says it’s going to make public government data searchable and is going to allow the general population to visualize the data. Starting with population and unemployment data, it says more is on the way. This is similar to the vision that Vivek Kundra has with his concept of data.gov — it will be interesting [&hellip…