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Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in October 2013
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FAA Allows Electronics During Takeoff, Landing
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
Federal Aviation Administration no longer sees mobile devices as threat to air safety.
HealthCare.gov Faced Security Risks, Feds Were Told
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
As HHS secretary Sebelius testified to Congress about the flawed rollout, a memo surfaced that predicted security risks due to inadequate testing.
EHealth To Obama: We Can Run HealthCare.gov
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Obama Administration response to online health insurance site is cool, but proposal reveals backup possibility. EHealth offers to help Covered California, too.
GSA Streamlines IT Operations, Closes Data Centers
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Agency CIO says closure of 37 data centers and centralization of IT operations will improve efficiency within GSA and in serving other federal agencies.
Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
WinXP is already an easy target for hackers, and it will get even simpler once Microsoft ends support for the 12-year-old OS in April.
U.S. Joins Global Effort On Open Data
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Publicly accessible data can add trillions of dollars in value to global economies such as education, says U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Federal CIO Urges Bold Vision For Government IT
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel calls Obamacare site's launch something "to be proud of" and urges government IT community to view bugs as a "teachable moment."
Will HealthCare.gov Mess Spur Procurement Reform?
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Review and overhaul of government IT purchasing procedures needed, trade association expert says.
Obamacare Rollout Hampered By Operating Rules Lag
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Backend transmission rules, slated for 2016, may have prevented the rampant errors sending enrollment data from health insurance exchanges to insurance companies.
Why We Need Digital Government Strategy 2.0
Commentary  |  10/29/2013  | 
The federal government has been an early adopter of mobile technology but now it is time to take it to the next level. These five areas need to be addressed.
Twitter Two-Factor Lockout: One User's Horror Story
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Is the security payoff from using Twitter's two-factor authentication system worth the risk of losing account access?
Lawmakers Try To Sharpen FDA Focus On Healthcare Apps
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Congress attempts to clarify which health software should be regulated like a medical device with the Sensible Oversight for Technology which Advances Regulatory Efficiency Act.
Bromium, 'Microvisor' Champion, Raises $40 Million More
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
Bromium's third round of financing brings total to $75.7 million as company positions itself for rapid growth.
Google's Mystery Project Won't Float
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
A San Francisco regulator casts doubt on the viability of a waterborne Google store.
Los Angeles Gives Cloud Email Another Chance
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
After an FBI security rule prevented the LAPD from using Google Apps, the city was forced to backpedal from its move to the cloud. Now Los Angeles is trying again.
How Google Flu Trends Blew It
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Last year, Google Flu Trends made a mountain out of a molehill by overestimating the incidence of influenza. Blame the media.
Private Sector Rides To Rescue Of HealthCare.gov
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Handful of Web insurance brokers will start enrolling people in HealthCare.gov plans within a month, but backend coding problems could continue to delay completion of policy purchases.
HealthCare.Gov Woes: Lack Of Testing
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Tech contractors are confident they can fix the problems over time, but pass the buck to CMS.
LPTA Contracts Stifle Government Innovation
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
"Lowest price technically acceptable" contracts drive down prices but sacrifice long-term value to meet short-term government savings goals, says study.
Why HealthCare.gov Failed
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Experts say a lack of consumer-centric development and user testing led to the disastrous rollout of the government's Obamacare portal.
Tech Contractors Reject Blame For HealthCare.gov Mess
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Contractors point fingers at each other and the government as they attempt to shift responsibility for healthcare website problems.
Walgreens Accused Of Exposing Customer Health Data
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Pharmacists' move from behind the counter exposes customer data to prying eyes and violates HIPAA, says Change to Win Retail Initiatives group.
Verizon Unveils Remote Patient Monitoring Platform
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Verizon's Converged Health Management wirelessly transmits data from patients' health monitoring devices to doctors using a HIPAA-secure cloud.
Medicare Drags Feet On Secure Patient IDs
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
Medicare increases identity theft risk because it uses social security numbers as patient identifiers, says GAO report.
How To Stop Data Copy Sprawl
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
A shotgun approach to backups can lead to copy sprawl -- and weakened security should you ever need to identify the latest data to restore after a loss.
Network Solutions Outage: Third Time Not Charming
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
Network Solutions blames blacklisted servers and DNS problems after going down for the third time in as many months on Sunday. Some customers say goodbye.
HealthCare.gov: Latest Victim Of Federal Acquisition Problems?
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
Healthcare.gov's problems aren't unique to federal IT projects, but they are uniquely visible to the American public.
Q&A: Silicon Valley Congressman Talks Tech Industry Needs
Commentary  |  10/22/2013  | 
Silicon Valley Rep. Mike Honda speaks with former Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan on Congress' role in fostering the U.S. technology market, immigration law and more.
Obama Addresses HealthCare.gov Glitches
News  |  10/21/2013  | 
President expresses frustration with the marketplace's problems in Monday press conference.
SAP Sees Payoff In Cloud, Hana Bets
News  |  10/21/2013  | 
SAP reports triple-digit cloud gains, double-digit Hana in-memory platform growth and a gain in market share against rival Oracle.
Microsoft Suspends Windows RT 8.1 Update
News  |  10/21/2013  | 
Microsoft hasn't released a repair for RT devices bricked by a boot configuration "blue screen of death," but unofficial fix appears to work.
Why Doctors Hate EHR Software
Commentary  |  10/18/2013  | 
Have meaningful use incentives merely propelled sales for a lot of lousy software?
Google In The Enterprise Survey: Mind The Gaps
News  |  10/18/2013  | 
There's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28% discourage or ban use of its productivity products. But progress could stall.
Mobile Geospatial Tool To Aid Military, First Responders
News  |  10/18/2013  | 
TouchShare's collaborative geospatial software provides real-time situation awareness tools on mobile devices.
Lenovo Faces Regulatory Roadblocks With BlackBerry Buy
News  |  10/18/2013  | 
Lenovo would like to purchase the reach of BlackBerry's enterprise network. But it's unlikely to end up in China-based Lenovo's hands, security experts say.
Government Shutdown Damage May Linger
News  |  10/17/2013  | 
Federal agencies and IT contractors are still assessing the fallout from the shutdown on their operations, but initial figures point to high costs.
Facebook Privacy For Teens: 5 Facts
News  |  10/17/2013  | 
Facebook has again changed its privacy settings, enabling features that affect younger users. Here's what you should know.
Where To Find Next-Gen Cybersecurity Pros
News  |  10/17/2013  | 
Millennials are generally uninterested in cybersecurity careers -- which is dangerous, given the shortage of experts in this vital field.
Big Data FAQ: Separating Signal From Noise
Commentary  |  10/17/2013  | 
Author Phil Simon answers the most frequently asked questions on the impact of big data on small businesses and individuals, the role of data scientists and the continuing importance of human intuition.
Fed IT Spending To Rise After 3-Year Decline
News  |  10/16/2013  | 
Spending will increase only some and significant IT challenges remain ahead for government agencies, says TechAmerica Foundation.
BYOD Creates Big Headache For Enterprise IT
News  |  10/16/2013  | 
BlackBerry is among several vendors hoping it has the magic pill to resolve corporate IT's mobile-management woes.
Acronis MobilEcho Expands Mobile Security For Feds
News  |  10/15/2013  | 
Apple-compatible mobile file management system permits secure network access, authentication for federal employees.
Microsoft: Free Office 365 For Students
News  |  10/15/2013  | 
Microsoft's new Student Advantage program means schools that license Office 365 for staff can now provide the software to students at no additional cost.
Salesforce.com Creates Single-Sign-On Cloud
News  |  10/15/2013  | 
Salesforce Identity service connects users to Web and mobile apps through the vendor's cloud platform. But does it fit with Active Directory?
State CIOs Say Procurement Problems Hobble Innovation
News  |  10/15/2013  | 
Cumbersome and risk-averse procurement processes hold back state and local CIOs' efforts to improve services, finds NASCIO survey.
Patient Engagement: How To Do It Right
Commentary  |  10/14/2013  | 
Some healthcare providers have figured out the best set of IT tools to get patients more involved in their own care.
Beware IT's Unintended Consequences
Commentary  |  10/14/2013  | 
The positive, negative and just surprising technical and other outcomes that confound conventional wisdom.
Online Service Aims To Simplify Hospital Bills
News  |  10/14/2013  | 
As the hospital revenue mix shifts from insurers to patients, online services like Simplee can improve collections with bills that are easier to understand and pay.
Enterprise Mobility: Cost Vs. Risk
Commentary  |  10/14/2013  | 
Just because employees are mobile-savvy doesn't mean IT managers should settle for low-cost, flimsy software implementations.
Do Smartphone Sensors Present Security Risk?
News  |  10/14/2013  | 
Variations in how different smartphone accelerometers record data raise concerns that advertisers, intelligence agencies or others could use this information to identify individual devices.
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