Who’s Your Favorite Beatle?

  J, P, G, or R?  Do You Want to Know a Secret? It’s 50 years since Shea Stadium.  She Was Just 17 – and so’s O’Keeffe & Company,MeriTalk’s sister organization.  They Say It’s Your Birthday.  So, we’re hosting the Fab 4on May 15 at the State Theatre in Falls Church.  You’re invited to Twist and Shoutwith us. Know it’s still a few weeks away, but Tomorrow

Friendly Fire?

Friendly Fire? The National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 requires GAO to provide DoD with an annual IT management physical.  The components need to give blood, cough, and pee in a cup to ensure they’re healthy on IT cost and schedule, as well as on track to deliver functionality and performance.  GAO just released a

A Dose of Data?

A Dose of Data? If an apple a day keeps the doctor away – seems a storage array will pick you right up.  That, according to the new Big Data Curestudy just prescribed by MeriTalk.  The report’s based on a survey of Fed execs working in agencies with healthcare missions. So, let’s take a look at

Share and Share Alike?

Share and Share Alike? My mother told me it was good to share my toys.  Seems Uncle Sam can cut costs by sharing tech toys.  That, according to a new MeriTalk study – Shared Services: Ready or Not?.  The study’s based on a survey of 138 Fed IT execs at the MeriTalk Cloud Computing Brainstorm in January.  For

Big Five in Overdrive

Big Five in Overdrive Let’s change gears for this week’s circuit.  Chance to step outside the Beltway and look under the hood in the mega-billion dollar state and local IT race.  How’s transformation going – what’s fast and who’s furious? If Uncle Sam’s modernization plans around cloud, data center consolidation, cyber security, big data, and

Juggling Chainsaws?

Big data is good. Curing cancer. Trapping terrorists. Avoiding Armageddon. Cyber leaks are bad. There’s a mountain of evidence on that front – we’ll call itSnowdonia. Sorry to the Welsh in the audience. But concentrating intelligence could put big data and cyber security at crossed purposes. So how do we juggle these chainsaws without making

USS ITanic?

There’s been hysteria about the grey tsunami since before I had grey hair.  But, today seems Uncle Sam’s IT is really drowning in a digital-drop-out deluge. By all reports, Fed IT execs line up to jump overboard from the USS ITanic. And, it’s not just grey beards – young IT leaders are pulling on life

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?

The basis of this idiom is, you get nothing for nothing. Well, I’m going to take a bite out of that one. Next week is Telework Week. And, while the ethics rules are clear about the fact that you can’t buy Feds a fancy lunch, it seems Feds will pocket some nice change from Telework Week. Let’s

Hats Off to GSA on FedRAMP

Hats Off to GSA on FedRAMP FedRAMP has been around for a while – and there’s a good bit of confusion. You can read the manual – but at 49 pages and growing, it’s not exactly a page turner. There are three flavors of approved FedRAMP CSPs. So far, we think we have 11 cloud service providers

Uncle Sam AWOL?

Uncle Sam AWOL? Between FISMA, Continuous Monitoring, HSPD-12, et al – Feds are adopting a belt-and-suspenders approach to security.  And, if that wasn’t enough, Snowden’s taught the Prez about DLP. But, there’s no point in locking the door and leaving the windows wide open – right?  A new study from the Mobile Work Exchange, MeriTalk’s sister organization, shows