MeriTalk Updates http://meritalk.com Where America Talks Government Copyright 2014 MeriTalk Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:16:14 -0400 http://meritalk.com/images/logo.png http://meritak.com Research: The App Gap http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=MeriTalk&blogentry_id=3803 http://www.meritalk.com/appgap Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:34:38 -0400 {c7f07f63-49cc-a405-541e-a1c47895edf2} Blog: Government IT Procurement – Storm on Plain Sailing? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3802 Has government procurement lost its rudder completely?  Stand aside the $500 hammer and golden toilet seat – seems IT procurement is all at sea. Anchors Aweigh? The Navy’s ahead of the Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:53:10 -0400 {8fd2c092-4bfb-38cd-ad02-45209090ed5a} Blog: Happy Halloween: APTs Will Scare the &#!^ Out of You http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3801   Remember the old days? Agencies protected networks and data by guarding their perimeter and that was enough. Agencies relied on anti-virus software. There was none of this insider threat st Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:25:30 -0400 {fa8f28d5-f5d8-295b-1005-9a47623a62a0} Blog: Comey Goes Prime Time http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3800   FBI Director James Comey took the Feds' cybersecurity message to prime time TV – not a bad way to reach an audience. In the wake of the JP Morgan breach, Director Comey used 60 Minute Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:25:49 -0400 {a1f96a81-a652-f192-bc5f-2b954ee32d71} Blog: Is Cloud an Anagram for Cold? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3797 There's an arms race going on like we haven't seen since the Cold War: HP, IBM, Amazon, and Google.  They're knocking together data centers quicker than the price of cloud comput Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:59:08 -0400 {eec133da-06b0-d0b6-99c0-e40da4930514} Research: FutureCare: Cloud, Big Data, Mobile, and Social Optimize the EMR http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=MeriTalk&blogentry_id=3796 http://www.meritalk.com/futurecare Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:00:18 -0400 {27404fe2-aa48-c326-91a4-fe8f7b199d18} Blog: Why Go to Work? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3794 Why Go to Work? Every day you shave or powder your face in the mirror, put on a smile, and head out to make the doughnuts.  But, what if you could get paid for doing nothing?  And not jus Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:28:09 -0400 {6a37a982-9750-4a54-b6ab-8a89a6d17f0c} Blog: High Stakes http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3793   Life’s a gamble, but there’s no need to take a risk with IT networks. Feds can double their savings by leveraging consolidation, virtualization, cloud computing, remote access, and infr Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:47:54 -0400 {cdb43c8d-f3d8-6515-02fa-24d7982bb5fc} Blog: Cloud Rising? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3792 Cloud Rising? 2014 is a tipping point.  For the first time, IT will serve more pages to phones than PCs.  So, aren’t phones cloud devices?  Sure we’ve wrestled with Hunger Games Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:42:59 -0400 {6af68093-9a5c-7bdd-0261-6fe01d45c15d} Blog: What Now? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3790 Ellison is footloose at Oracle.  Mega merger murmurs – HP, EMC, Dell, and Cisco?  iPhone 6 off the hook.  Big tech headlines.  But, did anybody notice Steven VanRoekel step dow Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:36:51 -0400 {51af34ed-424e-26ef-8378-56a70ab5be67} Blog: The Odd Couple http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3783 http://www.meritalk.com/noteworthy-odd-couple.php Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:34:56 -0400 {10b44809-c0a9-87a6-5999-2691d675ed22} Blog: Union Jacked? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3774 Did you know that the Union Jack – made famous by the Red Coats, Reebok, and Austin Powers – is in peril?  On September 18, Scotland goes to the polls to vote Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:04:38 -0400 {7a38642f-f152-f099-a812-084ea711b2bb} Blog: Noteworthy:Odd Couple http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=MeriTalk&blogentry_id=3773 http://www.meritalk.com/noteworthy-odd-couple.php Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:22:23 -0400 {6a117b58-b4a5-8ca7-58ee-5285ad897a89} Research: Cloud Control: Moving to the Comfort Zone http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=MeriTalk&blogentry_id=3766 http://www.meritalk.com/cloudcontrol Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:57:18 -0400 {5d0aaeb7-a5d9-d858-4091-16633acdcd88} Blog: Fighting Father Time http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3765 Some things get better with age. Wine. Blue jeans. Sofia Vergara. But not everything improves as it gets older. Milk. Tattoos. Data centers. Feds want their data and they want it now. Seems like Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:05:25 -0400 {727408c9-b2f0-4a4a-9a6c-c98050c0fad5} Blog: My Cup of IT: Summertime? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3764 Hope you enjoyed the labor-day break. And, speaking of breaks, it’s been three weeks since I poured a Cup of IT.  Why?  I took a vacation – two weeks in Blighty.  First time in Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:17:13 -0400 {34b26d1b-8e2e-cff8-10b0-61bf128ba5be} Blog: In August, Time to Shift Gears http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3763 With official Washington on a month-long siesta, it’s a good time to shift our attention to life outside the Beltway. Feds have aggressively pursued policies that encourage telework and boost m Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:50:51 -0400 {46d93b0d-dd89-f357-4925-a62dcd60d4de} Research: The Drive to Thrive: Ensuring the Agile Data Center http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=MeriTalk&blogentry_id=3762 http://www.meritalk.com/drivetothrive Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:18:15 -0400 {cde4bd78-36ef-2aa6-36ec-38196917c12c} Blog: Noteworthy:Off the Hook http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=MeriTalk&blogentry_id=3761 http://www.meritalk.com/noteworthy-off-the-hook.php Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:27:00 -0400 {63073b92-1f9a-206f-c2b4-4242c102e632} Research: Cloud Campus: The Software-Defined College http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=MeriTalk&blogentry_id=3760 http://www.meritalk.com/cloudcampus Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:59:30 -0400 {17801502-048b-a536-2b37-da2f4cd2a9ea} Blog: Joe Hungate - Neat Stuff? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3756 Joe Hungate - Neat Stuff? I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous. If you look at what ails Fed IT, it's not tech – you can distill it down to communications and finance.&#16 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:21:55 -0400 {c1accac4-2460-65ea-1d9c-b141b4129f38} Research: Cloud Confusion: Is Private Cloud Holding Feds Back? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=MeriTalk&blogentry_id=3755 http://www.meritalk.com/cloudconfusion Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:38:52 -0400 {63a5cfeb-65bd-ceea-479f-b44e49d08a33} Blog: Searching for the Right Fit http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3754 Federal agencies are struggling with their old IT networks. It may be time for a makeover. Put away the polyester. Burn the bell bottoms. Old networks lead to complexity, and that makes it harder Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:49:45 -0400 {fe8f5235-27a1-fe11-699e-caf6d8c1766b} Blog: Disputed Territory? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3753 Disputed Territory? Not as charged as Palestine and the Ukraine, Federal cloud is nevertheless disputed territory. Released three and a half years after OMB issued the "Cloud First Policy", a Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:48:36 -0400 {6ea34504-cae5-6dc4-5479-9b68857ba013} Blog: Social Shenanigans? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3746 Social Shenanigans? Ever wonder about the validity of social media? What's the moniker – trust but verify? I've always had my suspicions about Facebook Likes. Not to mention those ran Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:58:31 -0400 {9a6a8119-4c15-a3de-f6dc-e2b70e493652} Research: The Federal Simplicity Report: Navigating Network Complexity http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=MeriTalk&blogentry_id=3745 http://meritalk.com/federalsimplicity Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:26:08 -0400 {8667f194-6280-2238-caa5-e1bc3a857d50} Blog: P.S. I Love You http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3744 Nothing excites this town like scandalous behavior. The Library of Congress this month will unseal love letters written by President Warren G. Harding. The 29th president – generally regarded a Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:56:48 -0400 {86ff6a43-3441-c247-e8f8-7a4cc2941899} Blog: Independence Day? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3743  Independence Day? You may think that 238 years ago, your ancestors sent my ancestors packing. On the 4th, I like to remind folks I'm Irish.  All this independent spirit inspired Mer Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:39:39 -0400 {13309c41-74e0-694e-d4e8-603da27561ff} Research: Consolidation Aggravation http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=MeriTalk&blogentry_id=3742 http://meritalk.com/copydata Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:36:44 -0400 {e8e3d03e-ae25-563b-3fa9-759613a72fa6} Blog: DISA Takes the Long View http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3741 David Bennett, CIO of the Defense Information Systems Agency, has been thinking about cloud a lot lately. DOD rolled out DISA’s milCloud in March. Bennett, who took over as DISA CIO in October Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:51:57 -0400 {f30c7ab7-261a-d42e-7199-66c1288a0416}