President Obama won a small victory this week, getting to keep his Blackberry, but it's not your standard-issue Curve or Storm that will hang from the President's hip, rather he will use a Sectera Edge, made by General Dynamics, and NSA approved at a cost of several thousand dollars. The Obama administration, ripe with 20-somethings, with the first Presidential blog, and masters of Facebook, has also been told that instant messaging is no longer allowed. How can arguably the most important distributed organization in the world function effectively in today's world with out access to even the most basic collaboration tools? Marc Ambinder notes that Obama's aides have been advised to use the telephone for important communications. Will they at least have access to a unified communications dashboard that displays availability?
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As 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.