Opinion


Alan Balutis

Removing barriers to government performance improvement

In his State of the Union address, Obama called for a smarter government. Our readers have some ideas about how to get there.

Kris VanRiper and Chris Cattie

How to foster better performance

The traditional view of success focuses on an employee’s ability to complete assignments, but managers need to broaden that view to reflect changes in the workplace, write CEB's Van Riper and Cattie.

Keith Rhodes

How to prepare for natural disasters

The federal government should use the latest technology to make information and lessons from previous disasters available to state and local responders nationwide, writes Keith Rhodes.

Steve Schmidt, Flexara Software

How DOD can make sense of its software

A little-noticed provision in the Defense Authorization Act could bring big savings through license optimization, writes Flexera's Stephen Schmidt.

Steve Kelman

A winning idea for innovation

Contests offer an attractive alternative to traditional procurements in some situations, bringing innovative solutions to agencies to attack unusual problems, writes Steve Kelman.

Julie Anderson

Memo to Obama: How to build a bold management agenda

In his second term, the president should continue improving the management of government resources, including IT, by adhering to three basic principles, writes Julie Anderson.

Bill Cull

Big data in 2013: Not just for big projects

Rather than take on big data for big data’s sake, agencies should be strategic in their approach, writes Bill Cull.

Bob Woods

Overcoming IT skepticism: 7 steps to creating a new culture

Studies show that most government leaders are unsurprised when IT projects are delivered late, over budget or scrapped before being implemented. But there is a way to dramatically improve the chances for success. Bob Woods and Marybeth Fraser offer some key steps to make it happen.

Nathan Coutinho

The road to a private cloud

Server virtualization is about more than mobility and efficiency — it can also help agencies succeed in the quest for a secure, private cloud.

Eric Rife

5 steps to take command of mobile

Careful planning and deliberate implementation lead to mobility success, writes Eric Rife. Read on for 5 specific steps to take.

Tom Simmons, Citrix

The E-Gov Act at 10 years

The decade-old effort to make the government more transparent, accessible and efficient with IT has been effective, but there's a long way yet to go, writes Tom Simmons.

Bob Woods

The dangers of consultant-speak

Trendy buzzwords should never be allowed to obscure the fact that IT consulting is all about having a positive effect on the mission and the bottom line, writes Bob Woods.

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