Cloud Computing

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The tranSMART Foundation And BT Collaborate To Deliver Fast, Flexible Cloud-Based Applications To Life Science Organizations

Press Release | tranSMART Foundation, BT | April 30, 2014

BT joins the tranSMART Foundation to extend support to the developer community; companies to continue work on the next release of Translational Medicine Platform.

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Time To Deliver On Federal IT Reform

J. Nicholas Hoover | InformationWeek | November 13, 2012

First four years of the Obama Administration were marked by the beginnings of significant changes in federal IT. Execution will be the name of the game during the next four. Read More »

Time to Rethink the Commercial Cloud Thing?

Bob Brewin | NextGov | July 2, 2012

The failure of the Amazon Web Services' Virginia data center after a severe storm Friday and the hours it took the company to restore service -- while Defense Information Systems Agency cloud services chugged along without interruption -- sure seem like good reasons to question putting any federal data in the commercial cloud. Read More »

Two Years After The Book: “A Digital Liberia”, How Digital Is Liberia?

Darren Wilkins | Daily Observer | September 18, 2012

It’s been over two years since I first submitted the final manuscript of what would later be my first book titled, “A Digital Liberia: How Electrons, Information and Market Forces Will Determine Liberia’s Future” A lot has happened since then. In the following paragraphs, I briefly discuss the progress made in Liberia’s ICT sector since the book was published. Read More »

U.S. CIO Talks Of Opening More Government Datasets To Spur Innovation

Tam Harbert | Data Informed | January 16, 2013

If more of the government’s data could be made available to the public, it could spur a new wave of government efficiency and data-driven innovation. That was the message Steven L. VanRoekel, U.S. federal CIO, delivered in his keynote address Tuesday at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cloud Computing and Big Data Workshop here on January 15. Read More »

U.S. Government Seeks Reduced Use of Custom Software, Releases New Policy to 'Free the Code'

As I've written before, there has been a shift, going back almost a decade, away from the debate over whether to use open source to a focus on the how to. The release by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the U.S. Federal Source Code Policy on August 8th is the latest manifestation of this shift. It achieves the goal laid out in the Obama administration's Second Open Government National Action Plan (PDF) for improved access to custom software code developed for the federal government. The plan emphasized use of (and contributing back to) open source software to fuel innovation, lower costs, and benefit the public. It also furthers a long-standing "default to open" objective going back to the early days of the administration...

US Firms Worry Edward Snowden Is Wrecking Their Business, But The Patriot Act Was Already Doing That

Leo Mirani | Quartz | August 7, 2013

Shortly after a meeting of an EU-sponsored program to push European cloud-computing capabilities in Estonia last month, a high-ranking EC official noted that the biggest losers from Edward Snowden’s revelation about US surveillance would be US businesses: Read More »

Using Open Source in the Enterprise - 13 CIOs Embracing Free and Open Source Software

Edward Qualtrough | CIO | November 11, 2015

Open source enterprise use cases appear to be on the rise, at least anecdotally, with an increasing number of CIOs, IT directors and Chief Technology Officers telling CIO UK about investigating and adopting free and open source alternatives to proprietary software as they seek to gain freedom and flexibility, cut costs, increase agility, improve code quality and avoid vendor lock-in.

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VA and VistA: Can They Be Fixed?

Aisha Chowdry | FCW | July 27, 2016

The Department of Veterans Affairs is rushing to make changes to its IT infrastructure and systems before the next administration enters the White House. And skeptical lawmakers, oversight bodies and outside experts are cautiously optimistic about the eventual outcomes. The key words, though, are "cautiously" and "eventual"...

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VA Considers Moving Email, Office Software to the Cloud

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | February 22, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to test email and other office software in a cloud computing environment and to try out potentially lower cost alternatives to Microsoft Office products -- such as Google Apps -- in two pilot projects set to kick off this year. Read More »

VA on the Bleeding Edge

Jason Miller | Federal News Radio | December 23, 2010

"I know that Google has moved forward with FISMA certification of some of the stuff they are doing so that is a possibility," [Roger Baker, VA CIO] said. "The issue there is that there are various levels of certification and what they have achieved is medium and for the types of information we store, it would have to be a high certification. But we look at is there a way to embrace the tool as it stands? Is there a way to bring the tool inside the VA firewall and control access to it a bit more and meet our requirements that way?"

VA Plans Government's Largest Tablet Computer Deployment

Bob Brewin and Joseph Marks | NextGov | October 24, 2011

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to field up to 100,000 tablet computers, the largest such deployment in the government, VA disclosed last week in a request to industry for technical help. The department has developed a work around for federal wireless security standards that supports the devices' management in a vendor-operated cloud computing environment, according to the request. Read More »

VanRoekel On Infosec And Sequestration

Eric Chabrow | BankInfoSecurity.com | January 14, 2013

With Congress facing $1.2 trillion in budget cuts, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel says funding for cybersecurity initiatives will likely be affected. But with smart planning, government information technology should not be placed at risk. Read More »

Verizon Jumps Deeper Into Open Source

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | March 26, 2014

First, on March 25th, Verizon joined the Open Invention Network (OIN). The OIN is a patent protection consortium that promotes patent collaboration between its members and it uses its patent portfolio to protect Linux from patents attacks.

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Veterans Affairs CIO Eyes Budget Increase

J. Nicholas Hoover | Information Week | February 21, 2012

While IT spending across most of the federal government would be flat next year under President Obama's budget released last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would see a 6.9% increase, with much of the uptick going to improved electronic health records (EHRs).

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