5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015
As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard Truths
They say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.
SaaS As Innovation Driver?
Software as a service is the clear No. 1 way enterprises consume cloud. InformationWeek's SaaS Innovation Survey reveals three tips to get the most from SaaS: Make it a popularity contest. Have an escape plan. And remember that identity is the new perimeter.
Big Data Brings Big Security Problems
Why should big data be more difficult to secure? In a word, variety. But the business wonít wait to use it to predict customer behavior, find correlations across disparate data sources, predict fraud or financial risk, and more.
Tie Tech Innovation to Business Strategy
There's never enough money or manpower for innovative IT projects. The media keeps saying the solution is for CIOs to work more closely with business leaders and CMOs. But how, when you're barely staying afloat?
IT Service Management Must Evolve
The idea of technology being delivered as a service appeals to the 409 IT pros responding to our Service-Oriented IT Survey. But cloud providers are competing for that work, and CIOs are being selective.
Agile Archiving. Because Dataís A Terrible Thing To Waste
What could your business do with easy, fast access to every scrap of enterprise data? A lot, say IT executives responding to our InformationWeek 2014 Strategic CIO Survey. New, innovative technologies can transform stored data from cost center to asset.
2014 State of Database
The 956 respondents to our 2014 State of Database Technology Survey are a conservative lot.
Security Job #1 For Feds
The 2014 InformationWeek Government IT Priorities Survey shows federal IT pros care about security - itís rated as very important by 69% of respondents, 30 percentage points ahead of the No. 2 priority, disaster recovery. Will the upcoming NIST cyber-security framework help manage risk?
The Transformative CIO?
Trying to meet todayís business technology needs with yesterdayís IT organizational structure is like driving a Model T at the Indy 500. Time for a reset.
Many healthcare providers still donít get it: They refuse to fully secure protected health information against unauthorized access and authorized users who abuse their privileges.
In A Fever For Big Data
Healthcare orgs are relentlessly accumulating data, and a growing array of tools are becoming available to manage it.
Mobile: Medical Tech
Healthcare IT is going mobile, yet the regulatory environment is unsettled and unchanging.
Big Data, Big Challenges
If thereís one asset the U.S. government has in abundance, itís data. But a fight for expertise is hindering both the public and private sectors when it comes to managing and mining information. Can Uncle Sam compete for talent?
Tie Tech Innovation to Business Strategy
There's never enough money or manpower for innovative IT projects. The media keeps saying the solution is for CIOs to work more closely with business leaders and CMOs. But how, when youíre barely staying afloat?
Itís All About The Data
SaaS makes it incredibly easy to replace on-premises software with cloud services. The problem: Most corporate data still resides in-house. Think of trying to use Salesforce.com without access to customer contact info or sales records. See the problem?
Fedsí Cloud March Stalled
Itís been three years since Vivek Kundra established a ďCloud FirstĒ policy for federal agencies. Howís that working out for taxpayers?
The UC Infrastructure Trap
Worries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management Survey
ITís tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.
CIOs Get Smart About BI
ITís tried for years to simplify business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.
2014 IT Budget Outlook
Still, overall tech spending edged up slightly, and the future looks bright: 32% say 10% or more of the total organizational operating budget is allocated to IT, up from 30%, and 28% will see increases of 5% or more for 2014 compared with 33% staying flat. We'll explore how to make the best use of financial resources and work effectively with the business.
Social is a Business Imperative
Social media is critical in the age of digital business. How can IT help? First, work with the marketing team to set up social networking programs on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, at minimum. Then work to put social media sentiment analytics in place to measure success.
Building a Mobile Business Mindset
Among 688 respondents to our Mobile Application Development Survey ó up from 350 respondents in 2012 ó 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Whatís the holdup for that remaining 30%? Often, itís a lack of expertise.
2014 IT Budget Survey
Is the IT budget moving out of ITís control? Maybe -- 37% of respondents say the rate of outside spending is on the rise, up from 22% last year. Just 21% of CIOs retain full budgetary authority. What is in our control: how we respond and work with business leaders.
Server Market Splitsville
Just because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.