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Weekly News Kickoff: Recognize Federal IT Innovators; Is Artificial Intelligence a Threat?

July 6, 2015

Which of your colleagues have an outsized impact on federal IT and will be leaders in the industry for years to come? Have you nominated them for FCW’s Rising Star awards? There is still time — nominations have been extended to July 9. Nominees can work in federal agencies, private companies, academia or the nonprofit world — they simply must be actively involved in the community and in the first 10 years of their federal IT careers. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Is Artificial Intelligence a Threat? Experts Weigh the Risks Recently tech leaders have raised concerns about the ... Read more

7 July 4th Fun Facts

July 2, 2015

We love data, so any time we can find interesting data points about holidays, we are eager to share. For our favorite summer holiday — Independence Day — the U.S. Census Bureau came through with seven interesting facts. We hope you can use these fun facts at your July 4th barbeques to dazzle your family and friends. The value of fireworks imported from China in 2014 was $247.1 million and represents the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($257.8 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $11.9 million in 2014, with Israel purchasing more than any other country ... Read more

New Research: State and Local Governments are Slow to Adopt NG9-1-1 Solutions

June 30, 2015

“One of the most critical infrastructures in the United States is 30 years behind the current technology. Mobile phones have replaced landlines for many citizens, and the number is growing. Yet citizens do not realize how inexact location data from mobile phones can be, or that text messages may not reach traditional 911 call centers at all. These systems must be upgraded to protect public safety.” — Stephen Ashurkoff, ENP, Public Safety Solutions, General Dynamics Information Technology A new survey, which Market Connections, Inc. conducted on behalf of General Dynamics Information Technology, shows fewer than 10 percent of state and local governments have ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: GPS Turns 20; Feds Face More Security Woes

June 29, 2015

It’s summer, the perfect time to take a few hours off and play. The World Police and Fire Games are the perfect opportunity. On Friday, the Washington, D.C., region welcomed 10,000 athletes from 68 countries who are participating in the Games, which are almost as big as the Olympics. Hosting the games — and the police and firefighters who risk their lives daily — is an honor for our region. Events will take place in venues in and around Fairfax County until July 5. All events are free to the public; check out the event schedule and take some time ... Read more

The Crucial Role of Research in Marketing

June 25, 2015

Over the past few years, the government landscape has changed. Contractors agree that things are not how they used to be, and there is more pressure on marketing teams to be flexible with their resources. With federal marketers facing pressure to lead the way, they need a marketing GPS to guide them. That GPS is research. Research helps marketers better target government decision-makers, leading to a smarter use of resources. Judy Quinlan, Northrop Grumman manager of advertising and creative services, was a panelist at Market Connections’ annual Federal Media and Marketing event in 2013. While some aspects of the federal marketing climate ... Read more

Top Innovator: Juniper Networks Offers Industry’s First Comprehensive Training for the Full Network Lifecycle

June 24, 2015

Networks are in a constant state of change. The emergence of automation has fundamentally changed how networks can and will be designed. Network designers and administrators must consider myriad complications and options when designing a network – many that did not exist just a few years ago. Further, the benefits that can be realized from software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) have raised the stakes in ensuring good design. Juniper Networks, an industry leader in network innovation, has developed a training curriculum to teach best practices and new techniques across network design, including SDN and NFV. The program is ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: Net Neutrality Takes Effect as Court Denies Stay

June 22, 2015

The Internet will remain an open and equal world. Telecom giants were unsuccessful in their attempt to crush the FCC’s Open Internet Order. The Order went into effect June 12. And in other data-related news, feds lauded big data as a key in the future of their agencies. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Big Data Earns Praise, Caution from Federal IT Officials At the Brocade Federal Forum in Washington, D.C., on June 17, three federal officials said big data will be the most critical component to moving their agencies forward, FierceGovernmentIT reports. Margie Graves, deputy CIO at the ... Read more

What Does it Take To Get Your Content To Reach and Influence Federal Leaders?

June 18, 2015

Every day, B2G marketers and business development leaders struggle with how they can get their message into the hands of federal IT decision-makers. Should they create a sales sheet, develop a white paper or host a webinar? Investing in the right forms of digital content to inform and influence the conversations of federal decision-makers is just the start. Delivering it through the right mix of marketing communications channels is equally challenging. Market Connections partnered with Merritt Group to conduct the 2015 Federal Content Marketing study to learn how federal decision-makers consume content and what kinds of content contractors provide to this ... Read more

New Research Highlights Gaps in Network Modernization Needed for the New IP

June 17, 2015

At the Federal Forum 2015, Brocade unveiled the results of a federal IT survey that revealed less than 15% of respondents feel their agency’s network infrastructure can fully support simple, scalable and agile solutions necessary to deliver digital services for government. All these traits are the hallmark of the New IP. Legacy infrastructures in use today were not designed to handle modern IT challenges. Federal agencies are operating on a network that was conceived 20 years ago, even as they strive to deliver digital services. Software-enabled, user-centric and based on open standards, the New IP evolves the network infrastructure to tap into ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: OPM’s ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’ Might Affect Every Federal Employee

June 15, 2015

The news about OPM’s cybersecurity attack worsened when reports projected that the breach may impact every federal employee. Lawmakers are calling the hack OPM’s “Cyber Pearl Harbor,” and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said China is behind it. Hopefully in the coming week there will be some news for federal employees about how to fix this. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. OPM’s ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’ Might Affect Every Federal Employee One week after news broke that the Office of Personnel Management had suffered a massive, long-running breach, another raft of reports revealed the breach may have been far ... Read more


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