In 2010, the government turned to technology as a way to cut costs and improve efficiencies, an approach that worked in some cases but backfired in others. Like their associates in the public sector, government executives and IT professionals saw some big wins -- and headaches -- over the past 12 months. In some cases, cities or agencies were able to save money and boost productivity by adopting technologies such as cloud computing, by centralizing contracts, and reducing energy consumption thro
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In June, the Office of Management and Budget unveiled its plans to stop all new financial system modernization projects, review up to 30 IT projects deemed to be at the highest risk of failure and improve IT procurement and project management to cut costs. In a memo signed by Peter Orszag and Rahm Emanuel, the government stated its intention to address problems with past IT projects that took too long and cost too much. If the risky projects were allowed to continue, they would cost $30 billion, said federal CIO Vivek Kundra. One nixed project was related to the secure border with Mexico, which Michele Obama visited earlier this year.
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyITís 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.