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  • Cloud Computing
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    10 steps toward FedRAMP compliance

    After June 2014, agencies can use only cloud service providers that are FedRAMP-compliant. Here's what CSPs must do to get there. 10/21/2013

  • ExecTech
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    Biometrics go mobile

    The iPhone's fingerprint scanner could usher in a new era of authentication for mobile devices, but agencies are a long way from abandoning pass codes. 10/07/2013

  • Storage Technology
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    Feds tiptoe toward in-memory computing

    The high cost and uncertainty of returns of in-memory computing platforms previously kept all but the most cash-flush organizations or agencies from exploring the technology, which allows rapid access to vast volumes of data. 09/24/2013

  • ExecTech
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    3 steps to make existing IT more agile

    Agile methodology can help agencies ensure that IT dollars are well spent by improving the maintenance of existing systems. 09/23/2013

  • ExecTech
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    CRM: When C stands for citizen

    The image of an office full of call-center employees wearing headsets to communicate with customers is a common association for customer relationship management, but it is woefully outdated. Social media and big data are among the forces transforming CRM, and agencies are catching on. 09/09/2013

  • ExecTech
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    Finding new ways to manage in a virtual desktop world

    Virtual desktops have gone from an interesting idea to a technology agencies embrace in increasingly large deployments. To move to virtual machines, however, requires a fresh look at security, standardization and the skills of your IT employees. 08/12/2013

  • Software Development
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    CBP debuts the latest result of agile development program

    Border agency is using agile software development to incrementally improve its Document Image System. 07/31/2013

  • ExecTech
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    Mobile usability: Targeting the tool to the audience

    Agencies are ramping up efforts to reach the public via mobile technology, and finding that the endeavor is not as simple as it might look. Questions such as which mobile platform is best suited for the job are important to answer correctly. 07/22/2013

  • ExecTech
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    Let the machines do the talking

    By taking humans out of the equation, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication holds great promise for agencies that need to collect and analyze large amounts of data. However, it's not always easy to implement. 06/24/2013

  • ExecTech
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    Putting open data to use

    Posting spreadsheets to Data.gov is no longer enough. Agencies are increasingly using open data — their own and from other sources — in pursuit of core missions. 06/10/2013

  • Cloud
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    The cloud, simplified

    Gartner futurist provides advice for agencies hoping to cut through the buzzwords. 05/31/2013

  • ExecTech
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    Storage optimization: Flash finds some government niches

    For high-end applications and virtualization projects that depend on reliable storage, flash technology offers a tantalizing solution. The technology's speed and performance come at a price, though. Read about the trade-offs and some places in government where flash storage is proving useful. 05/13/2013

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