Opinion


Chris Bronk

How smart should the smart grid be?

Updating the electrical grid makes sense, but there are still a few bugs to work out, writes FCW columnist Chris Bronk.

Robert Otto

In defense of IT dashboards

It is impossible to manage effectively without the metrics to benchmark and shape performance, writes Robert Otto.

Chris Bronk

3 simple truths about the cloud

Like all good marketing campaigns, the cloud is more of a concept than a reality, writes Chris Bronk.

Bill Gormley

Strategic sourcing: A good idea but...

Despite some success, the ultimate goal of strategic sourcing seems to have gotten lost, writes Bill Gormley.

Coming to terms with FaceSpace

The defining question for any CIO today is whether they allow their employees to access the latest, greatest hits of Web 2.0.

Why technology is not enough

A recent study found that organizations get the most out of technology when they also adopt new management practices, Steve Kelman writes.

Tear down self-imposed, bureaucratic hurdles to trust

If the Justice Department's new information-sharing tool works, law enforcement agencies will be able to solve cases ranging from electronic fraud to terrorism, writes Chris Bronk.

Agencies should not fear talking to contractors

Columnist Steve Kelman writes that communication between government and industry is key to saving money and and preventing misunderstandings in contract language.

'Mystery shopper' technique could be effective counterterrorism tool

Steve Kelman writes that the government should use management tools to measure and improve its counterterrorism performance.

A new day for IT management (again)

Former Office of Management and Budget administrator for e-government and information technology Mark Forman sees signs that the federal government is on the verge of embracing shared services.

Making the cloud work: The federation connection

For Google Wave or any other mega-sharing, browser-based application to work for government, agencies must resolve the issue of trust, writes Chris Bronk.

Motivating workers is easier than you think

Private-sector researchers have recently uncovered a way to improve employee satisfaction that's within managers' control, writes John Kamensky.