Profile of John FoleyEditor, InformationWeek
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John Foley is director, strategic communications, for Oracle Corp. and a former editor of InformationWeek Government.
Articles by John Foley
posted in January 2010
Following a month of no-cost tire kicking, Microsoft will begin charging customers on Feb. 1 for its new Windows Server-based cloud computing service.
The news of a cyber attack from within China on Google and other companies has prompted a range of reactions, including Google's decision to reassess its operations there and a rebuke from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But no one should be surprised by what happened. Two months earlier, a U.S. government report warned that the private sector was susceptible to this very risk.
The White House has announced availability of the White House App for iPhones, which among other things can be used to access streaming video of President Obama's upcoming State of the Union address. It's the latest example of a trend in government to deliver data and content to the mobile, Web-connected public.
The Army and Navy are using a new fee-based service from the Defense Information System Agency that gives DOD programmers increased control over software projects.
Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra was intrigued by the new generation of Internet-enabled TVs and other devices he saw last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Chopra envisions Web-connected TVs being used for at-home healthcare, education, and other national priorities.
The U.S. government is increasingly using open source software in its IT infrastructure. Separately, the feds are adopting cloud computing. Those two trends are about to merge, putting federal IT pros on the forefront of what will likely become an industry-wide phenomenon.
Amanda Simpson--formerly a test pilot, and formerly a man--started her new job today as senior technical advisor with the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security, which plays a key role in national security and cybersecurity. Unfortunately, most of the talk so far has been about Simpson's sex change, not her career change.
As commissioner of the Department of IT and Telecommunications, Carole Wallace Post plans to consolidate infrastructure, provide more city services online, and offer enterprise solutions to common functions.