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  • 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

  • Communications
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    The search for more spectrum

    Much of the wireless spectrum coveted for next-generation broadband is currently used by federal agencies. The pressure to share -- or move -- is building. 04/22/2013

  • ExecTech
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    Modular data centers: Weighing the pros and cons

    A prefab approach to changing needs can help agencies quickly boost their IT capacity and save energy, but it's not for everyone. 04/08/2013

  • ExecTech
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    What the heck is Hadoop?

    The open-source tool simplifies big-data management, but don't think of it as just another means of data analysis, experts say. In the right application, Hadoop frees users to explore information in whole new ways. 03/25/2013

  • Policy
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    Big data's big hurdle: federal policy

    Big data holds tremendous promise to help agencies glean otherwise impossible insights from massive repositories of data, but federal policies play a significant role in slowing its adoption and blunting its edge. 03/11/2013

  • ExecTech
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    Responsive design: Planning for future-friendly websites

    A new design technique allows developers to design one website that adjusts to a variety of mobile platforms. 02/11/2013