Profile of J. Nicholas HooverSenior Editor, InformationWeek Government
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Articles by J. Nicholas Hoover
posted in July 2009
The technology behind Microsoft's Project Natal, a future Xbox technology that employs voice recognition technology and uses a camera to recognize gestures and eliminate the need for a controller, could eventually make its way into the business world.
Steve Ballmer says he was surprised by the market's reaction to the search and advertising partnership but also characterized the deal as "a little bit complicated."
The agency's new IT leader, Richard Spires, has private sector experience and previously led systems modernization efforts at the IRS.
The recently appointed Chief Information Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs discusses why 45 IT projects were put on hold and his plan for avoiding the mistakes of the past.
Terremark's new cloud-computing facility for U.S. government customers features concrete walls, bomb-sniffing dogs, motion-sensing videocams, and a promise of 100% service availability.
The company spent almost $1 million in the second quarter to influence the government on advertising, intellectual property, and other issues.
The agency's redesigned Web site features a new YouTube channel and links to Twitter and other media, in a push towards greater transparency.
Two new applications provide information to smartphone and PC users on the whereabouts of city buses.
Vivek Kundra is looking to increase the amount of unfiltered data available on federal IT projects and greater visibility into positive outcomes.
The forthcoming MiCare system will let military personnel, their families, and veterans access personal health records on Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault.
Aneesh Chopra said the United States can regain its lead by capitalizing on opportunities in healthcare IT and the smart grid.
New system will run the Hadoop file system on commodity servers and include search, discovery, and analysis tools.
The Obama administration will quickly find out that online transparency is a curse as well as a blessing, especially if the transparency is only half-baked.
The VA made use of the federal government's new IT Dashboard, which is aimed at providing increased visibility into government IT spending.
Poor usability and mismanagement plague Grants.gov, which gives access to $500 billion in annual grants, Government Accountability Office survey finds.
Last week at an employee town hall meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was faced with a question that executives in commercial businesses have been facing for years. Why can't employees use the technologies with which they are most familiar?
Under terms of the contract, Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics, and others will provide scientific, engineering, and technical support to the National Communications System.
The next version of the hot-selling collaboration and content management platform will add a host of user features as well as improved IT management capabilities.
A number of bodies jointly seek standardization in areas including security, management frameworks, data exchange formats, and cloud taxonomies and reference models.
Using the GSA Storefront, federal agencies would choose infrastructure, Web applications, or other IT services to begin a streamlined procurement process.
Contractor Smartronix will be responsible for Web develpment, storage, security, disaster recovery, hosting, maintenance, and operation of the Web site.
Under the joint pilot program by the Center for Patent Innovation and the USPTO, patent applicants volunteered their submissions to undergo peer review.
Much of the money would go toward electronic medical records projects at the Veterans Administration.
Smartronix has been awarded a $9.5 million contract to redesign the Recovery.gov Web site.
The federal agency is using Twitter and YouTube to inform the public about its reports and mission.
Report recommends better planning for upgrades, early prototyping and deployment, and "modular open system" approaches to software and system development.