The pressure on governments to make better choices, deliver results and demonstrate accountability is intensifying. Recent headlines reflect tensions on multiple fronts due to economic and fiscal uncertainty amid social and political change.
They also highlight new dynamics in the relationships among citizens, organizations and their governments long in the making. "Open" principles such as accessibility, transparency, collaboration and participation lie at the heart of these expectations.
Few would dispute that education paves the way to personal and societal prosperity. Education has the power to lift people out of poverty, it also helps us live fuller lives, make wiser choices and contribute to our communities in more meaningful ways. Education creates equality by opening up opportunities to everyone, not just those with privileged backgrounds.
Most countries recognize the importance of investing in high-quality education. The United States has increased investment ...
The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) provides water, sewer, and wastewater treatment services to nearly 600,000 residents, 1.6 million annual visitors, and 700,000 workers in the District of Columbia and parts of Virginia and Maryland.
Nucleus Research examined DC Water's adoption of IBM Business Analytics and found that the deployment enabled employees to utilize more information when making decisions, resulting in lower contract labor costs, the recapture of lost revenues, and reduced ...
In today's building management environment, organizations are stretching out capital improvement projects and delaying upgrades. At the same time, they still must maintain their existing assets and ensure tenant satisfaction. They are looking for ways to consolidate space and improve space planning.
Concurrently, energy costs are rising. Commercial buildings consume more electricity than any other type of physical asset or structure -- and they generate approximately 10 percent of all green-house gas emissions. Excluding ...
Leading in the face of global challenges in our tumultuous time, where many governments face budget shortfalls and looming devicits and where governments in emerging economies are expanding services to improve the quality of life for citizens, services organizations are facing intense challenges.
Many government agencies serve as the frontline response to citizen needs and are experiencing significant increases in the demand for services. At the same time, agencies are generally operating with ...
February 2012- This report describes the challenges that arise during a transformation to stakeholder-centric or citizen-centric service delivery. It highlights the crucial roles that key business and IT capabilities play for any public sector organization navigating those challenges.
December 2011- To assist federal agencies with the implementation of CyberScope reporting, IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager, built on BigFix technology, provides insight and control for endpoints with streamlined, automated capabilities for continuously monitoring and remediating security compliance.
According to the EDUCAUSE Current Issues Committee, funding IT was the number-one concern for IT leaders last year. Though current tough economic times have added an additional challenge to the task, clever and committed higher education leaders and their colleagues are discovering new ways to facilitate the effective utilization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to increase student learning and advance the mission of their institutions.
IT leaders continue to leverage creative problem ...
December 2011- HP ProLiant servers, HP P4000 storage, and VMware software enable the City of Niles, Ohio to increase service levels and uptime while lowering administrative time and costs.
March 2012- Government Chief Information Officers (CIOs) face the challenge of a significant fiscal crisis that will have long-term effects in many countries across the world. Three key strategies can be implemented to handle the fiscal crisis successfully: minimize IT operating spending, maximize government return on investment and explore disruptive solutions, whether in technology, procurement and commissioning or service delivery models. Download this whitepaper to learn more.
December 2011- Standardizing on HP Server blades and storage saves county funds. Reduced the number of physical servers from 150 to 60 with simplified management. Provides scalability and 200% faster application response. Quickens server deployment from one month to two hours, enabling faster response to technology needs.
December 2011- The City of Langford is realizing huge savings and efficiencies through virtualization and automation. 80 fold faster time to value on server deployment, 10 fold faster server recovery.
May 2013- With HP's Converged Infrastructure, state and local governments build a foundation that can meet the demand for new services - from drivers wanting to renew their licenses via mobile phones to police officers requiring instant views from remote video surveillance. By offering three different converged infrastructure reference solutions, HP enables you to tailor the solutions to your size and needs. Download this rich media whitepaper to learn how and to hear from up to 3 customer ...
Improving business performance is all about increasing productivity, reducing resource usage, increasing value, and lowering costs. Project-intensive businesses face the double challenge of having to do so both in the project teams delivering individual projects and in the business as a whole. But while it is difficult to accomplish both in conjunction, with the correct approach and mentality it is very achievable.
This white paper examines how project trends have a direct impact ...
March 2012- Federal agencies are refining program management practices in response to the Obama administration's Government Accountability Initiative. Learn more.
The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released new Federal Information System Management Act (FISMA) guidance in two publications. The aim of the new guidance is to help federal agencies develop a continuous monitoring program as part of a risk management framework. It is also supposed to help the government gain an enterprise-wide view of its security stance by using automation to roll up reports of security information across all agencies.
Continuous monitoring enables information security professionals and others to see a continuous stream of near real-time snapshots of the state of risk to their security, data, the network, end points, and even cloud devices and applications. Assessing security controls as well as ongoing monitoring of security controls are both directly assisted by continuous monitoring through vulnerability monitoring processes, which many organizations already have in place.
In this white paper SANS Analyst, Dr. E. ...
August 2011- In this age of compliance, most retailers do what’s required to become compliant, but often fail to improve security through these efforts. In fact, several organizations have achieved compliance but still have been breached—even though they had the data needed to head those breaches off before any significant damage was done. So how did they miss this critical evidence? Unfortunately, IT security teams are inundated with data from many sources that they cannot ...
Cyberwar fundamentally changes how government must handle security. Faced with increasingly sophisticated attacks from gangs of cyber criminals and foreign governments probing systems for sensitive data, threats frequently go undetected for days, weeks, and even months. And it's not just financial data being stolen. Terrorists and rogue governments may steal confidential data, including intelligence information, that exposes a country and its citizens to potential harm. Unfortunately, the traditional fortress approach no longer suffices.
February 2012- As Federal agencies work to meet the demands of citizens for more accountability and transparency, IT execs must enable greater flexibility for users within the agencies, while maintaining tight controls over their computer environments. More federal agencies are migrating to Windows 7 for highly optimized desktops and security. Find out how.
May 2011- This whitepaper by the Ogren Group examines issues related to endpoint security compliance management. A new generation of network-based compliance management tools is available which can help enterprises obtain real-time compliance information, automate the remediation of security deficiencies, improve security, and save money. Ogren Group evaluates the capabilities of ForeScout CounterACT to meet enterprise needs. This whitepaper includes two case studies of organizations using ForeScout CounterACT and describes the results that these organizations have obtained.
May 2011- This whitepaper by Spire Security explains the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of 802.1x as it relates to network access control (NAC). In practice, 802.1x has proven to be costly and cumbersome to roll-out, particularly for large organizations. Furthermore, 802.1x does not include or address many important features of a full-blown NAC system. This whitepaper includes a case study of a large U.S. defense agency that tried rolling out 802.1x and then, after discovering significant ...
The Federal CIO Council has set its sights on driving change across the Federal government. Its goal is to reduce the Government’s enormous IT spend and drive efficiency back into data center operations by eliminating redundant infrastructures, leveraging economies of scale, and changing management focus from owning and maintaining assets to service delivery.
A move towards cloud computing requires CIOs to figure out how to stitch together today’s physical data centers ...
December 2010- When you’re planning an upgrade to Windows 7, one major factor is budget planning. This tech brief will discuss the three main - and sometimes overlooked - budget considerations every company should keep in mind.
December 2010- A Windows 7 deployment will likely involve hundreds or thousands of PCs, with some in distributed and remote locations. This introduces several challenges. Read this white paper to learn best practices for reducing the costs associated with a Windows 7 deployment, improving the speed at which a deployment is completed, and reducing risks.
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