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 October, the General Service Administration began allowing federal, state, and local agencies to buy storage, virtualization, and Web-hosting services via Apps.gov, its cloud-based storefront. The move expanded the government's cloud computing capabilities, making it more efficient, lowering costs, and encouraging innovation in agencies, proponents said at the time. Available infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings are on-demand and self-service, enabling agencies to use or stop use of products as necessary. Provider partners include: Apptis with Amazon Web Services; AT&T; Autonomic Resources partnered with Carpathia, Enomaly, and Dell; CGI Federal; Computer Literacy World partnered with Electrosoft, XO Communications and Secure Networks; Computer Technology Consultants partnered with Softlayer; EyakTech; General Dynamics Information Technology partnered with Carpathia; Insight Public Sector partnered with Microsoft; Sawis Federal Systems, and Verizon Federal.
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.