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Content tagged with Government posted in March 2014
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HealthCare.gov Deadline Day: More Glitches
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
The Obamacare website faced heavy traffic on Monday, the deadline for open enrollment, and suffered problems.
Adobe Updates Mobile App Development Software
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Adobe Experience Manager aims to make it easier for government agencies and other organizations to turn Web pages into mobile apps.
Feds To Improve Threat Information Sharing
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Project Interoperability aims to develop and standardize formats for sharing security and threat information among organizations.
Big Data Vendors: WebScaleSQL Is No Threat
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
From Couchbase to MongoDB, NoSQL, and NewSQL, companies say the new MySQL variant created by Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter won't have broad appeal.
Apple, Samsung Patent Slugfest Returns To Courthouse
Commentary  |  3/31/2014  | 
Apple wants Samsung to pony up $40 per smartphone for patents. Will the strategy backfire?
Federal Agencies Win Awards For Innovative IT
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
IRS teleconferencing service noted as example of how IT has improved services to the public in spite of budget constraints.
Sony Reveals 'Digital Paper' Tablet
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Sony sees Digital Paper, to ship in May, as a way to get paper-based processes out of legal, education, and government organizations.
NASA Solicits Concepts For Asteroid-Capture Mission
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Asteroid initiative could be first step to sending humans to Mars, NASA says.
ICD-10: Painful To Implement, Painful To Delay
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Congress is on the verge of delaying healthcare's new diagnosis code system for another year -- a relief to doctors, but a pain for CIOs.
Interop 2014: 8 Hot Technologies
Slideshows  |  3/29/2014  | 
Interop 2014 kicks off Monday in Las Vegas. Here's a sneak peek of technologies to watch.
Intel Invests In Cloudera, But What Changes?
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
Intel will fold its Hadoop distribution and invest in Cloudera. It's good news for the entire Hadoop community.
Samsung Chips Away At BlackBerry's Government Business
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
BlackBerry continues to raise the mobile security bar at the Defense Department, but Samsung and others are making inroads in government mobile business.
BlackBerry 10 Gets Defense Department Approval
News  |  3/28/2014  | 
BlackBerry becomes first mobile vendor to get full operational authority to run on DOD networks.
Zen & The Art Of Service-Oriented IT
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
For IT, public cloud providers pose stiff competition. You must compete on quality.
Amazon Cloud Services Wins DoD Authorization
News  |  3/27/2014  | 
Amazon gets provisional operating authorization to sell cloud services to the Defense Department for work involving low-risk unclassified data.
DARPA Next-Gen Aircraft: Sneak Peek
Slideshows  |  3/27/2014  | 
Four companies vie to develop a new breed of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can take off and land vertically like a helicopter but fly twice as fast.
Tech Fear-Mongering Must Stop
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
It's time for Americans to worry more about the Luddites quashing tech innovation and progress, and worry less about job-stealing robots and privacy-invading smart meters.
Defense Department Deputy CIO Carey Stepping Down
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
Robert Carey, who played active role in transforming federal IT practices, retires from key DOD post. Successor not named.
DOD Pushes Toward Joint Information Environment
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
The US Army makes progress but faces hurdles in an effort to modernize DOD and military networks, says the Joint Staff CIO.
Agencies See Big Data As Cure For Healthcare Ills
News  |  3/26/2014  | 
Federal healthcare agencies believe big data will improve the nation's health -- but few are prepared to use it, a study finds.
SAP Hana Spawns Virtual Data Warehouse
News  |  3/25/2014  | 
SAP's new Hana-powered In-Memory Data Fabric queries data without copying and stokes federated-access competition with IBM and Teradata.
Lawsuit Raises Red Flags For Government Cloud Users
Commentary  |  3/25/2014  | 
A California lawsuit suggests the federal government must take stronger steps to protect government data from data mining and user profiling by cloud service providers.
Defense Department Deploys Secure Cloud Service
News  |  3/25/2014  | 
MilCloud provides military with on-demand infrastructure and network management tools through web-based interface.
CIO's Real Boss: The Customer
Commentary  |  3/25/2014  | 
As customers become more engaged with business through mobile and social, the CIO must help nurture that relationship.
10 Ways To Fight Digital Theft & Fraud
Slideshows  |  3/25/2014  | 
IBM touts holistic approach to cyber-security, counter-fraud, and compliance efforts. Bankers, security experts, and a former White House CIO offer proactive advice.
Disconnect Search: Google In Private
News  |  3/24/2014  | 
App delivers search engine privacy, with "pay what you want" pricing.
Windows XP: Feds Brace For End Of Support
News  |  3/24/2014  | 
Roughly one in ten US government PCs still use Windows XP. They will be more vulnerable to attacks when XP support ends on April 8.
Google Makes HTTPS For Gmail Mandatory
News  |  3/22/2014  | 
Google no longer allows Gmail users to turn off HTTPS encryption. The move protects data going between Google's servers and users.
10 Google Glass Myths, Translated
Commentary  |  3/21/2014  | 
Google wants to clear up some misperceptions about Glass. We have our own views on the truth.
Cloud Should Be Part Of BC/DR Plans
News  |  3/21/2014  | 
DRaaS offerings are mature and dependable. Now IT just needs to think differently about continuity.
Canadian Government Aims For Single Email System
News  |  3/21/2014  | 
Shared Services Canada cuts costs and improves efficiency by consolidating basic IT services across much of the Canadian federal government.
Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Failure: Blame Runs Deep
News  |  3/21/2014  | 
Postmortem report confirms diagnosis of weak project oversight, unrealistic goals, and poor performance by Oracle.
State Health Insurance Exchanges Still Sick
Commentary  |  3/20/2014  | 
HealthCare.gov has recovered from its rocky start. So why are state exchanges -- opened by enthusiastic supporters of the Affordable Care Act -- still suffering?
Big Data Reaches Inflection Point
Commentary  |  3/20/2014  | 
Enterprises see the light on big data opportunities. It's only a matter of time before mainstream data-management environments evolve.
Google Gets Break In Gmail Privacy Lawsuits
News  |  3/20/2014  | 
People who claim Gmail violates anti-wiretapping laws must pursue their claims individually rather than as a group.
Feds & The Cloud: Management Approach Must Evolve
Commentary  |  3/20/2014  | 
Cloud services change how federal agencies acquire, fund, and use IT services. IT managers must realize they're buying a service, not technology.
NSA Records Billions Of Foreign Phone Calls
News  |  3/19/2014  | 
New disclosures from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden detail the National Security Agency's RETRO system.
Oracle Reports Gains, But Rivals Grow Faster
News  |  3/19/2014  | 
Oracle Cloud subscription revenue increases 25% and hardware rebounds, but Microsoft, SAP, Salesforce.com, and Workday threats loom large.
Google Launches Android Wear Developer Preview
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
Android developers can now adapt their apps to send information to forthcoming Android smartwatches.
Patent Wars: No Simple Answers
Commentary  |  3/18/2014  | 
Former head of the US patent office shares his views on the so-called mobile patent wars and proposes a sound approach to standards-essential patents.
Microsoft Office For iPad: 8 Facts
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
After years of rumors, Office for iPad could arrive before the end of the month. Here's what we know.
GDC: Hunting Social Whales
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
Courting the socially connected can help make games more profitable.
Navy Eyes Cloud Storage
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
In effort to trim $1.3 billion from IT, Navy proposes placing most non-classified data into commercial cloud offering.
Internet Of Things Meets Cars: Security Threats Ahead
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
As the Internet of Things extends to automobiles, security and privacy threats come along for the ride.
Microsoft Surface 2 With LTE: Winner For Mobile Pros?
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
Microsoft's Surface 2 is now equipped for LTE connections -- but still must compete with iPad Air.
IBM: We'll Stand Up To NSA
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
IBM denies sharing customer information with U.S. government, asserts it would challenge any data demands through "judicial action or other means."
Agencies Earn Poor Grades For FOIA Handling
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
Open government policies and IT advances haven't translated into better responses to Freedom of Information Act requests, says the Center for Effective Government.
Pivotal Brings In-Memory Analysis To Hadoop
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
Pivotal takes on Cloudera and Hortonworks with GemFire XD, enhanced SQL querying, and new machine-learning options in Pivotal HD 2.0.
Federal IT: Pay For Results, Not Services
Commentary  |  3/17/2014  | 
Value-based arrangements can help agencies reduce up-front investments and improve results.
Patent Debate Spawns Stanford Study
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
Stanford's Hoover Institution launches a five-year effort to determine whether the US patent system helps or hinders innovation.
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