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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Teri Takai leaped from the frying pan of overseeing IT for the cash-strapped state of California into the fire of becoming the Department of Defense's CIO, a position she took-on beginning Nov. 7 after the post had been left empty for almost 18 months. Deputy CIO Dave Wennergren, who had been fulfilling those responsibilities, had recently moved on to become the assistant deputy chief management officer at the DoD. In addition to her CIO role, Takai also temporarily served as acting assistant secretary of defense networks and information integration as several DoD organizations undergo restructuring under the plans of Robert Gates. That plan encompasses the assistant secretary's office, home of the DoD CIO position. Takai is experienced in consolidations, having led statewide initiatives in California and Michigan.
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.