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Weekly News Kickoff: 5 Ways to Turn Big Data into Better Government

May 11, 2015

One way to innovate is by learning from the past — what did or did not work. The troubled rollout of provided one such opportunity, leading to five best practices for how government can use big data. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. 5 Best Practices for Turning Big Data Into Better Government Before a standing-room-only crowd at FedScoop’s Data Innovation Summit 2015, Mina Hsiang, health data advisor at the U.S. Digital Service, used the rollout of to offer five tips on how government can use big data to provide a better user experience for constituents. Tip No. ... Read more

How LoopNet and Google Used Research To Help an Industry Grow

May 7, 2015

The commercial real estate market is an $11 trillion industry. Its continued growth is directly tied to how those in the industry market their products and services. LoopNet operates the most heavily trafficked commercial real estate marketplace online, with more than 9.0 million registered members and over 5 million unique visitors monthly. The LoopNet marketplace, which consists of more than 800,000 property listings, covers all commercial property categories, including office, industrial, retail, multifamily apartment buildings, hotel, land, specialty properties, investment properties and businesses for sale. Commercial real estate professionals look to LoopNet as an industry and thought leader. In 2014, LoopNet ... Read more

Winning Contractor: Nutanix Supports Office of the Secretary of Defense with Web-scale Architecture for Private Cloud Migration

May 6, 2015

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has awarded a contract to Nutanix to use the company’s web-scale architecture as the base for a private cloud migration. Under the contract, awarded in April, OSD will use the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform, which eliminates the need for costly and complex storage area networks by integrating high-performance storage and computing into one unified appliance. As part of the program, OSD is virtualizing servers from the Enterprise Information Technology Services Directorate and U.S. Army Information Technology Agency into a private cloud environment. The program — estimated to take 12 months — will consolidate ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: OMB Releases FITARA Guidance

May 4, 2015

It looks like federal CIOs are getting their Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act guidance sooner than anticipated. The impact this guidance will have on IT acquisitions remains to be seen. What do you think? And mark your calendars for a May 19 webinar on how to manage federal information records. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Webinar: Driving Mission Value from Your Agency’s Information Information security. Information governance. Information access. Information value. Checking these boxes may seem straightforward, yet few agencies can confidently do it. Complying with applicable federal records management laws and regulations is critical not only to ... Read more

PODCAST: Cybersecurity 101

April 30, 2015

Cybersecurity is the top-of-mind concern in federal agencies: Regardless of the mission, agencies are concerned with protecting their data. SolarWinds commissioned a study showing budgets are the biggest obstacle agencies face in implementing cybersecurity measures. When budget is a factor and cybersecurity initiatives an imperative, agencies must prioritize investments and ensure that security basics are in place. Recently TechSource conducted a podcast interview with Cris Thomas, Strategist for Tenable Network Security. Cris discusses the fundamentals of cybersecurity and how continuous monitoring needs to be an ongoing priority for any organization. Click the link below to listen to the podcast. To learn more ... Read more

3 Must-Knows on Navigating SLED IT Waters

April 28, 2015

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on the “Government Sales Insider” blog on April 14, 2015. Author Rachel Eckert is a Senior Analyst with immixGroup. During March’s Beyond the Beltway event, a panel CIOs shared countless insights on current and upcoming opportunities in the state, local, and education (SLED) market, but the most interesting takeaway was a short one-liner from Oregon’s Chief Information Officer, Alex Pettit, “hundreds of people can say ‘no’ in an organization, but only a small number can say yes.” This got me thinking, knowing who has the decision-making powers is just as important as what is being ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Next Attorney General

April 27, 2015

Congratulations to Loretta Lynch, our new U.S. attorney general. The Senate confirmed her appointment last week. And if you are caught up on the threats from “The Walking Dead,” check out the five cyberwar threats worth watching. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Next Attorney General The Senate confirmed U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general in a 56-to-43 vote April 23. Lynch replaces outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, who served in that position since 2009, Federal Times reports. President Obama said in a statement that Lynch had spent her life fighting ... Read more

Are You Harnessing the Marketing Power of The Internet of Things?

April 23, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) is getting a lot of attention, and the marketing arena is no exception. IoT provides opportunities for marketers — both in the federal and commercial sectors — to respond to their customers’ needs based on their digital behaviors. IoT presents opportunities for real-time engagement and customer service. To help put some context into what IoT means for marketers, Marketo created an infographic that explains the key points.  As a leader in digital marketing software and solutions, Marketo helps marketers master the art and science of digital marketing. The company provides a range of resources on its website, all of ... Read more

3 Tips for Top Digital Content

April 22, 2015

In the Federal Content Marketing PulsePollTM, we found that how federal decision makers are consuming digital content is changing: Webinars, case studies and research reports are the top types of content they find useful. In March, Linda Descano, Managing Director and Global Head of Content & Social at Citi, posted an article on LinkedIn recapping the The Content Council’s annual conference, Content Chaos: Navigating the Path to Engagement. Linda’s article covers many great points, but three in particular bear keeping in mind as you develop content to reach the federal market: Content marketing is more than a discipline; it’s everything you do. ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: Agencies Overestimated IT Savings by $3.8B

April 20, 2015

Are you committing any of the seven deadly sins that get users hacked? From devising weak passwords to using unprotected public WiFi, we all occasionally do things that make a hacker’s job easier. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights – from a secure network. 7 Deadly Sins That Get Users Hacked In an Information Week blog, Ericka Chickowski shares the simple things users do that make it easy to hack them. She says phishing is still one of the most powerful and simple ways to start even the most sophisticated of attacks. It remains a hacker’s best friend because ... Read more


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