Weekly News Kick Off: Research Study Finds Cloud Computing Migrations a Challenge for Government - (Archived)

How are federal agencies doing with their cloud migrations? A research study shows it’s a challenge for them. Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off. Enjoy these highlights.

Research Study Finds Cloud Computing Migrations a Challenge for Government
A research study commissioned by General Dynamics Information Technology, and conducted by government market research firm Market Connections, Inc., finds cloud computing addresses two key government concerns: security and cost savings. At the same time, managing migrations to cloud environments is a challenge. A recent video discusses the benefits of moving to the cloud and how to make the migration seamless.

Event: How Can You Reach Federal Decision Makers?
Transformation is the new norm in the federal government, and federal decision-makers turn to thought leadership content to inform and influence their procurement decisions. Market Connections and Merritt Group polled federal decision makers and B2G marketers to learn which content is most useful and influential. Join Market Connections and Merritt Group on Tuesday, March 17 from 8:00 – 10:00 AM EST as they present the results at the 2015 Federal Content Marketing Review. Register.

Obama Issues Executive Order on Cyber Threat Information Sharing
President Obama signed an executive order Feb. 13 that aims to enable private sector companies to better share cybersecurity threat information with each other and government, Fierce Government IT reports. The executive order calls for the formation of cybersecurity fusion centers, encourages voluntary standards for information sharing, and formalizes the Homeland Security Department’s role in information sharing and oversight of classified threat sharing relationships.

FCC Plans Expansion of Political Ad Data Requirements
The Federal Communications Commission plans to expand its data collection on political ad buys to cable TV operators and broadcast and satellite radio, FCW reports. The Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, and the Sunlight Foundation petitioned the FCC for the rule, which they hope will lead to greater disclosure of political ad spending. The comment period on the proposed rule closes April 14.

The Federal Government is Apple Pay’s newest customer
Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed Friday that the U.S. government will begin using Apple’s mobile payment systems for federal government transactions, FedScoop reports. Speaking at a White House-orchestrated summit on cybersecurity at Stanford University, Cook said the government would permit consumers to make payments and receive benefits using Apple’s mobile payment technology, beginning in September.

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