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Content tagged with Leadership posted in December 2013
Supercomputers: New Software Needed
News  |  12/31/2013  | 
Next hurdle for high-performance computing is figuring out how to handle unstructured data.
Software-Defined Networking Rises Above The Hype
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
SDN earned plenty of hype in 2013, but the ability to program networks improves network performance and security in a more systematic and automatic fashion.
My Best IT Moment In 2013
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
An emergency preparedness drill brought out the best in my IT team. What were your best moments?
Federal Agencies Lack E-Discovery Savvy
News  |  12/30/2013  | 
Just 38% of federal legal pros think their agencies could show their electronically stored information is accurate, accessible, complete, and trustworthy, according to Deloitte survey.
Most Wasteful Government IT Projects Of 2013
Slideshows  |  12/27/2013  | 
Federal agencies continue to pour millions into overlapping IT projects. Check out the worst offenders.
10 Biggest Tech Disappointments Of 2013
Slideshows  |  12/27/2013  | 
From HealthCare.gov to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, here are some of the year's biggest letdowns.
Top 15 Government Technology Stories of 2013
News  |  12/26/2013  | 
From robots to Obamacare, here are the 15 most popular InformationWeek government tech stories from 2013.
Government Contractors Feel Pain From Shutdown, Sequestration
News  |  12/23/2013  | 
Federal contractors rethink business strategies to weather uncertainty, declining revenue in government business.
Patient Data On Filesharing Service Provokes Legal Trouble
News  |  12/23/2013  | 
Medical file reportedly found on a peer-to-peer filesharing network leads to an FTC complaint, a federal lawsuit, and a book claiming regulatory overreach.
DeSalvo Appointed National Coordinator For Health IT
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Dr. Karen DeSalvo receives high praise for her post-Katrina work in New Orleans and her extensive experience in health IT.
Bill Seeks To Clean Telehealth State Regulations Mess
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Telehealth regulations differ in each of the 50 states, inhibiting use of technology to treat patients, say proposed law's sponsors.
NSA Phone Data Practices Must Change, Panel Says
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Presidential review board report delivers 46 recommendations on surveillance practices, including legislation to end bulk data collection of US citizen phone records.
Increase Cyber-Security Workforce, Government Urged
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Cyber-security organization offers seven recommendations to the White House and defense agencies on improving worker qualifications and strengthening security built into IT.
Reform NSA, Tech Execs Tell Obama
News  |  12/18/2013  | 
Top leaders from Apple, AT&T, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo meet with President Obama, urge him to "move aggressively" on US surveillance reforms.
HealthCare.gov Shows 4 Ways Software Delivery Must Change
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
Troubled project should encourage you to discard traditional manufacturing processes with their reliance on control, and prioritize information and flexibility.
Delta CEO: No Voice Calls On Our Planes
News  |  12/18/2013  | 
Passengers on Delta Airlines will not be able to make voice calls, even if the FCC allows it.
IBM: City Analytics Is Key Trend
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
IBM's annual list of the top 5 innovative technologies includes smart cities, and it's not just hype.
Microsoft Exec To Run HealthCare.gov
News  |  12/18/2013  | 
Former Microsoft Office division president Kurt DelBene will lead troubled healthcare insurance site through the first half of 2014.
Open Government Data: Companies Cash In
News  |  12/17/2013  | 
Start-ups and established firms harvest government data for consumer and business applications, creating an economic stimulus.
What All That NSA Intelligence Costs
News  |  12/17/2013  | 
Intelligence agencies spend three times more of their budgets on IT than average government agencies, says IDC report.
Tools That Soothe Enterprise Email Pain
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Former US Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan discusses how to upgrade Microsoft enterprise email using a unified email management system.
Elon Musk: I Thought Tesla Was Dying
News  |  12/16/2013  | 
Speaking at the Dell World conference, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk discusses innovation, teamwork, and risk taking.
Health Insurance Exchanges Struggle To Charm Customers
News  |  12/16/2013  | 
Up to 80% of consumers abandon their transactions on the checkout page, even on well-designed retail sites. How can healthcare exchanges learn from their mistakes?
5 Higher Education CIOs: InformationWeek's Chiefs Of The Year
News  |  12/16/2013  | 
Learn how these CIOs in higher education drive critical change -- in an industry ripe for disruption.
Smartphones On A Plane: DoT Weighs In
News  |  12/14/2013  | 
FCC plans to review ban on airline voice calls, but Department of Transportation may enact its own ban, "for the sake of fliers' sanity."
Former Homeland Security CIO Tapped As Startup CEO
News  |  12/13/2013  | 
Richard Spires, former IRS and DHS IT chief, takes the helm as CEO of Resilient Network Systems.
Tangled Data Protection Laws Threaten Cloud, Critics Say
News  |  12/13/2013  | 
Technology group calls for "Geneva Convention" to address complex maze of data laws that affect growth of cloud computing and global trade.
Are Legacy Systems Keeping You Prisoner?
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
Does your organization depend on a decades-old IT infrastructure? Here are some strategies for breaking out of outdated systems that are too risky to leave in place.
Obama's Open Data Plan: Much Work Ahead
News  |  12/11/2013  | 
Open government advocates found plenty to praise in Obama administration's latest National Action Plan (NAP). But agencies must now make good on those plans.
HealthCare.gov Proves Software Delivery Needs Modernizing
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
Modern software development involves a mind-boggling number of moving parts. HealthCare.gov proves we've got to get back to basic project management.
10 Jobs Destined For Robots
Slideshows  |  12/11/2013  | 
The machines are coming for some of our jobs. Be afraid or welcome our new robot overlords, as you prefer.
The War On Military Records
Commentary  |  12/10/2013  | 
The era of big data has arrived on the battlefield and we need to find new ways to deal with it.
Obama Administration's Open Government Projects, Round 2
News  |  12/9/2013  | 
Programs aim to use technology to better inform and engage citizens in a wide range of topics, from scientific research to budgeting.
NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Donít Underestimate It
Commentary  |  12/9/2013  | 
A cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure owners is voluntary but will become the de facto standard for litigators and regulators. Here's how to prepare.
DARPA Cyber Defense Challenge: $2 Million Prize
News  |  12/9/2013  | 
Defense research agency's Cyber Grand Challenge aims to close the gap between vulnerability discovery and remediation.
Creating The 'Solution Economy': Government's Role
Commentary  |  12/6/2013  | 
Government alone can't solve society's big challenges. But technology that enables the public can foster an environment of innovation and problem-solving.
The Rules And Tools Of Patient Engagement
Commentary  |  12/5/2013  | 
Doctors must capitalize on patient curiosity about their own medical records.
Google Bets On Robots: Goodbye, Jobs?
Commentary  |  12/5/2013  | 
While Amazon makes a splash with drones, Google invests in robot technologies. Depending on your profession, that could be bad news.
Electronic Privacy Laws Need An Overhaul
Commentary  |  12/5/2013  | 
Laws governing electronic privacy, written before companies like Google and Facebook existed, are in desperate need of Congressional revision.
HealthCare.gov Snafu: Not That Hard To Believe
Commentary  |  12/4/2013  | 
Leveraging cloud-delivered services would have helped in the overall stability and success of the HealthCare.gov website, and probably still can going forward.
The Hybrid Enterprise Demands An IT Shift
Commentary  |  12/4/2013  | 
As disruptive technologies change our enterprises, we must also rethink our approach to IT investments.
How Would You Fix HealthCare.gov?
Commentary  |  12/4/2013  | 
The Obamacare website launch was an embarrassment. Whether it's truly "fixed" is questionable. What actions would you take, IT pros, and what lessons have you learned?
Lessons For HealthCare.gov: Former DHS CIO Talks Recovery
News  |  12/3/2013  | 
Former Homeland Security CIO Richard Spires says the key to running big IT programs -- and recovering when they fail -- is first-class program management.
How I'd Fix HealthCare.gov: Extend Health CEO
News  |  12/3/2013  | 
Government shouldn't be in the business of trying to provide "a spectacular user experience," says head of the largest Medicare insurance exchange operator.
How We'd Fix HealthCare.gov: Scalability Experts Speak
News  |  12/3/2013  | 
Martin Abbott and Michael Fisher, consultants on building large-scale websites, say one answer to retooling HealthCare.gov is creating "swim lanes" for each state the federal website serves.
Lessons For HealthCare.gov: Project Crash Recovery
News  |  12/3/2013  | 
Former Air Force Col. Mark Douglas shares lessons learned from a $5 billion problem IT project, as the HealthCare.gov recovery effort moves forward.
Rackspace CTO Engates Analyzes HealthCare.gov Meltdown
News  |  12/2/2013  | 
John Engates went to the White House Monday to get a closer look at what went wrong with HealthCare.gov. Unlike actor Jimmy Stewart's Mr. Smith, Engates came away from Washington saying this problem can be fixed.
HealthCare.gov Hitting Performance Targets, Says Zients
News  |  12/2/2013  | 
User-facing components performing well, says project overseer Jeffrey Zients. But questions remain whether the back end will work for insurers.
US Moving From Technology Leader To Laggard
Commentary  |  12/2/2013  | 
R&D, science, and technology investments aren't keeping pace with other nations -- and face growing risks from cybertheft, according to government reports.


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