2010 - 2011 Special Report Library

Collaboration Tools Special Report 

Collaboration Tools Special Report

Wikis, which are internal or external websites developed collaboratively, function as repositories of institutional information for companies and organizations. Users add to or edit wikis in a crowdsourced style, and anyone with permission can access them with a Web browser. Some might see wikis as yesterday’s news given the fact that they were first developed in 1994. However, as a collaboration tool, wikis can still provide significant benefits.

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 The Stand: Virtualization 

See, from the perspective of one federal IT veteran, what virtualization means for government and how agencies can get the most from their virtualization strategies.

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Secure Government Systems 

Securing Government Systems Special Report

Security professionals will tell you that compared with 10 years ago, government IT security practices are vastly improved. Back then, security was very much an ad hoc approach that varied greatly among agencies and for which erecting a firewall was considered state of the art, if security was considered at all.

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 Network Infrastructure

Special Report: Network Infrastructure

Intense budgetary constraints, the administration’s advocacy of data center consolidation, cloud computing, telework and a rush to adopt mobile computing throughout government are hastening the migration to unified communications solutions.

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The Stand: Cybersecurity 

The Stand: Cybersecurity

The issues involved with cybersecurity have changed dramatically from those of just a few years. Cyberwar, advanced persistent threats and Stuxnet-like attacks are just some of new elements that have become a part of the attack lexicon. See, through the eyes of three tested industry veterans, what the nature of today’s cybersecurity realities are and what government should be doing about them.

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 Mobile & Wireless

Special Report: Mobile & Wireless

Take a look at any enterprise – public or private – and you’re sure to find a plethora of mobile devices including smart phones, tablets, and netbooks, and with good reason. Mobile access can enable employees, helping them to do their jobs more efficiently whenever and wherever they are. However, there are specific issues to take into consideration including security, management, and integration with existing cloud applications.

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The Download on Cloud Computing 

The Download: Cloud Computing

The twin pressures of reduced budgets and the need for greater efficiency have led the federal government to strongly promote cloud computing as a solution whenever possible. In fact, the Office of Management and Budget in December 2010 declared that government now operates under a cloud-first policy, meaning that agencies must first try to incorporate some type of cloud computing into projects.

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Data Center Opitimization 

Special Report: Data Center Optimization

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) federal IT reform effort is the latest is a series of data center consolidation and cloud computing initiatives launched in the last year, including the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), which was rolled into the new 25-point OMB plan.

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2011 PEO-C3T Special Report

The Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical takes on the arduous responsibility of maintaining the U.S. military's technical dominance as enemies evolve and modernize with new technologies. 

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2011 GSA Alliant Contract Guide

The General Services Administration’s Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC) has generated more than $5 billion in sales during the last 12 months. Despite an initial slow start, the Alliant program for IT solutions and services has issued 132 task orders to 39 companies worth more than $6 billion through mid-March of 2011.

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2011 PEO-EIS Catalog

PEO EIS develops, acquires, integrates, and deploys network-centric knowledge-based Information Technology (IT) and business management systems, communications, and infrastructure solutions through leveraged commercial and Enterprise capabilities for joint and Army Warfighters.

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Unified Communications

Special Report: Unified Communications

Unified communications (UC) is a notoriously hard term to pin down, but however you view it there’s no doubt that demand for it across government is starting to develop. Actual deployment may still be light, but activities that will eventually require it are gathering pace so the future for UC in government is bright.Read and Download Full Report (PDF) 


Strategic Report: Data Center Sustainability

The cloud is defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as, “a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” This model includes private clouds, which are owned or leased by a single entity, as well as public clouds, which are available for use by anyone, and hybrid clouds, an environment in which public and private cloud resources are used.

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Web 3.0 Tools

Strategic Report: Web 3.0 Tools

In the effort to make government information more open and accountable, there’s no better example public sector organizations can draw from than Recovery.gov, which was set up by the current administration to follow the ongoing impact of the president’s economic stimulus plan.

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 Special Report: Storage Management

Special Report: Storage Management

Effective storage management requires the right technology tools combined with information management practices to optimize space, safeguard data, and reduce costs.

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Special Report: Cybersecurity

The sheer complexity of federal IT systems and networks, along with a shortage of skilled technical talent, a lack of coordinated leadership and legislation have all contributed to creating create complex and perilous federal cybersecurity challenges.

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THE STAND: Cloud Computing

Government is moving toward the cloud for at least some of its computing requirements, that’s clear, but what’s not so obvious is the when, what and how of this transition. Confusion is still the overriding state for most agencies.

THE STAND: Cloud Computing cuts through this fog with the views of three experienced veterans of the field, who explain what planning is needed for a cloud deployment, what’s needed in choosing which applications to move to the cloud, and the trade-offs that have to be considered.

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THE STAND: Rugged IT explains how agencies can decide how and when to use rugged devices, and what the trade-offs are in moving at least some of their requirements to the rugged side. See, through the eyes of one industry veteran, why low cost isn’t always the best and most effective IT strategy.

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Strategic Report: Virtual Desktop

As government strives to grant employees access to internal information resources when and where it’s needed while simultaneously reducing costs, desktop virtualization offers help in meeting those goals, in addition to providing both greater control over PC resources and stronger IT security.

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 2010 IT Security Buyers Guide

2010 IT Security Buyer's Guide

Agencies feel pressure from everyone—from the White House to internal users—to make security a priority. But some high profile breaches, a pair of legislative moves, the SEC porn debacle and changes to FISMA reporting are making that mandate more difficult. But with the challenges of security implementation come opportunities—to assess IT, plug holes, streamline workflow and encourage collaboration among agencies. This article looks at where agencies stand on the security landscape and where they need to go from here.

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Special Report: COOP

More than half of a recent survey’s 250 respondents said their agencies were moderately prepared to function during an emergency, and individually, 66% reported they would be able to function with little or no disruption in the aftermath of an interruption or disaster.

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The STAND: Data Center Optimization

The STAND: Data Center Optimization

Government is faced with exploding demand to provide services to end users, be they ordinary citizens or war fighters. The data center is a primary resource that overworked and undermanned IT organizations will use to meet this demand.

THE STAND: Data Center Optimization gives insights from one long-time industry insider into how IT organizations can gain firmer control of their assets and bring them into line with agency business goals. Learn how – done the right way- data center optimization provides crucial support to expanding agency missions.

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2010 SEWP IV Contract Guide

Joanne Woytek, program manager for the NASA Solutions for Enterprisewide Procurement (SEWP) IV governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC), says that increasing its revenue is not her goal. “We’re not trying to grow or be the biggest contract vehicle, but to offer something that people find useful,” Woytek said.

But as Woytek and her staff are discovering, being useful – that is, providing top-of-the-line information technology service to agencies that use SEWP IV to buy IT products and software – leads inevitably to growth.

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Special Report: Information Security

When President Obama launched a review of federal efforts to mitigate the economic and national security challenges caused by cybersecurity issues he made it clear that this country must:

*Establish a shared situational awareness network that identifies vulnerabilities, threats and events.

*Enhance U.S. counterintelligence capabilities and increase security of the supply chain

*Expand cyber education

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Networx Report

Special Report: Cloud Computing

In an unlikely role reversal, speakers at the recent Cloud Computing Summit in Washington D.C., agreed the public sector has taken an obvious lead in the adoption of cloud computing, stepping ahead of private sector organizations by embracing pay-per-use solutions for a variety of new services and applications.

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THE STAND Q+A: Cybersecurity

Over the next five years, government will spend $55 billion on keeping mission critical systems and data safe from malicious threats. But even with this level of commitment, the vulnerabilities will remain - and potentially increase.

THE STAND: Cybersecurity goes beyond the basic products and services stories and poses tough questions about federal cybersecurity to thought leaders at key vendor organizations. From this exclusive Q&A, you’ll learn where they really stand on the state of cybersecurity challenges facing federal agencies today – and what they plan to do about it.

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 Health IT Advancements Part 2

Special Report: Health IT Advancements Part 2

Federal, state agencies as well as healthcare solutions providers and Health Information Exchange (HIE) participants all agree. They joined the NHIN participant community primarily as a way to securely and safely share patient medical information that will help them further improve the quality of patient care. What they contribute to the community varies by the nature of their involvement, and each sees a range of benefits from the use of CONNECT to access the NHIN.

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NIH Contract Guide

The National Institutes of Health’s Information Technology Assessment and Acquisition Center (NITAAC) is preparing to launch a new Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 3 (CIO-SP3) program that the White House says will fill an important need for agencies with health-related responsibilities..

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Special Report: Virtualization and Consolidation

Virtualization has the power to transform your agency’s IT architecture, boosting flexibility, slashing costs and helping you obey the open government mandate: “Do more with less”.

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Special Report: Unified Communications

Government agencies deploying Unified Communications can enable better, faster decision making by integrating communication into the process.

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Special Report: Rugged IT

If you take a raw egg, put it in a steel box and drop it from shoulder height, what’s going to happen to that egg? The answer is, of course, a cracked egg. But for the rugged computing industry that was the way it went about its business for many years. It would take a commercial product, wrap it in armor and then call it rugged. The result, in many cases, was scrambled eggs.

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GWAC Buyer's Guide

The late comic Rodney Dangerfield might have had something to say about the current state of governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs). Despite their size, reach and efforts to encompass just about every need that agencies have for purchasing information technology, somehow they don’t seem to get the respect they should.

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EAGLE II Preview Guide

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new $22-billion EAGLE II contract incorporates lessons learned and innovations that will enable agency components to procure even more expeditiously IT services from contractors who are attuned to their individual cultures and emerging requirements.

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 Networx Report

Networx Contract Guide

Three years ago, the General Services Administration (GSA) unveiled its massive $68.2 billion Networx contract, promoting it as a more robust, technology-rich and cost-effective successor to FTS2001. While the value of Networx and the federal government’s commitment to it remain unchanged today, federal agencies are still struggling to make the move to the new contracting vehicle.

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Special Report: Advancements in Health IT

As the nation’s leaders grapple with the extent of healthcare reform measures, one thing has become increasingly clear - no matter how far reform measures go, it’s unlikely the U.S. will see a transformation in healthcare without the successful implementation of advanced technologies to reduce costs and improve the provision of healthcare services.

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Special Report: Infrastructure Optimization

In order to meet existing and future Administration initiatives around infrastructure optimization, federal agencies must first analyze what they have, and then determine what they need.

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2010 PEO EIS Catalog

The Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) enables information dominance for joint and Army Warfighters by developing, acquiring, integrating, deploying and sustaining IT and business management systems, communications and infrastructure solutions through leveraged commercial and enterprise capabilities.

These products and systems cover a full spectrum of support for the Army and Defense Department. The PEO EIS workforce of more than 1,800 military, civilian and contractor personnel executes approximately $3 billion a year—about 35 percent of the Army’s IT budget.

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Priority Report: Data Center Solutions

As federal IT managers plan ahead, they’re looking for technologies to drive down data center costs while boosting productivity, decision making, and customer service levels throughout the organization. According to a recent study by market researcher INPUT, there are five key technologies that have yielded similar benefits for private sector companies and are making their way into federal IT plans for 2010 and beyond.

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Open Government Special Report

In an historic effort to achieve an unprecedented level of openness, the White House issued the Open Government Directive (OGD) in December, instructing Executive branch departments to publish three ‘high-value’ data sets online within 45 days. The administration’s underlying goal behind the OGD is to drive greater transparency and ‘openness’ and “strengthen U.S. democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in government.”

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Special Report: Advances in Health IT

As the nation’s leaders grapple with the extent of healthcare reform measures, one thing has become increasingly clear - no matter how far reform measures go, it’s unlikely the U.S. will see a transformation in healthcare without the successful implementation of advanced technologies to reduce costs and improve the provision of healthcare services.

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Special Report: Smarter Government

As federal agencies work diligently to pare already sparse budgets even more, boost security and comply with a slew of regulatory mandates as well as the Obama administration’s call for greater transparency, it’s clear that government must become “smarter,” sharpening its focus on delivering the value that citizens expect.

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Economic Stimulus Guide

As the federal government quickly works to distribute funds via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, much still remains unclear about how agencies and departments will appropriate funding, while simultaneously achieving transparency and regulatory compliance.

Economic stimulus package appropriations total $787.2 billion, with key funding initiatives to support technology, science and research, infrastructure improvements, education, energy, healthcare and training. Spending provisions within ARRA require agencies to have projects under way within 120 days of enactment, dramatically shortening the typical two year business development timeline.

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The NETCENTS-2 award process is moving steadily forward; NETCENTS-1 has been extended. It has been almost 3 years in the making and finally an end seems to be in sight.

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GSA Alliant 

When General Services Administration (GSA) officials created Alliant, they incorporated best practices and lessons learned from other contracting vehicles within GSA and throughout government. And they continue making improvements.

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