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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The Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation leveled shots at each other over Project Sentinel, a computer system reworking that went over-budget and ran late. In September, the FBI took control of the project, which had originally been overseen by contractor Lockheed Martin, following a decision in July to freeze the latter of the development phases. The FBI's decision to turn to internal resources and agile development processes came because Project Sentinel was approximately two years late and more than $100 million over budget. In fact, although only two of four phases were complete, $405 million -- not the estimated $306 million -- of the allotted $451 million was spent. This led to a public fracas: Glenn Fine, the D.O.J.'s Inspector General, wrote seven reports about the project. Thomas Harrington, FBI associate deputy director, then publicly responded, defending the FBI's revised plan and ability to rein-in costs and stick to the timeline.
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.