MeriTalk Updates http://meritalk.com Where America Talks Government Copyright 2014 MeriTalk Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:32:19 -0400 http://meritalk.com/images/logo.png http://meritak.com Blog: Cloud Computing Cannibalism? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=echristensen300brandcom&blogentry_id=3707 Video killed the radio star. Netflix and OnDemand switched off Blockbuster. MMA KO’d the WWE. Cloud will shut down server sales. Such is the way of all things. Except, of course, when it’s no Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:26:59 -0400 {08676c30-e341-132e-2df1-fb04bbf76a3a} Blog: H-1Bs Going, Going, Gone http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3706 Companies claimed the 65,000 H-1B visas for Fiscal 2015 in a matter of hours on April 1. No joke. Last year the visas disappeared in five days. Reforms are needed. Not because demand for visas is Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:02:26 -0400 {40d33ead-29d6-7840-1311-e12c3c0bb491} Blog: Friendly Fire? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3705 Friendly Fire?   The National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 requires GAO to provide DoD with an annual IT management physical.  The components need to give blood, cough, and pee in Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:47:19 -0400 {118947be-ac1f-8e82-db01-aea84e287177} Blog: Symantec, GAO, and the Data Gusher http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=echristensen300brandcom&blogentry_id=3704 Earlier this week, Symantec released its 19th Internet Security Threat Report. Here’s the upshot: We are terrible at protecting data. 2013 saw 253 reported cyber-induced data breaches – some 2 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:18:42 -0400 {c3e121e5-d236-24c9-5df2-05e9e2fa2f57} Blog: A Dose of Data? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3702 A Dose of Data? If an apple a day keeps the doctor away – seems a storage array will pick you right up.  That, according to the new Big Data Cure study just prescribed by MeriTalk.  The Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:58:09 -0400 {90d6f50d-39c6-513b-8014-f2d468e57671} Blog: Honoring Fallen Firefighters http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=echristensen300brandcom&blogentry_id=3701 Do you ever notice how well 9-1-1 works? You call it. One ring. Somebody answers, gets the problem, sends help. The City of Alexandria, Virginia, where MeriTalk is headquartered, takes 200,000 of Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:10:51 -0400 {9bab1e0f-257c-4597-797c-9a08d2685e5c} Blog: Dr. Seuss and Walking on the Moon http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3700 Federal work has an image problem. In a land of high-performance vehicles, younger workers view Federal work as a Chevy Malibu. It’s a clunker. Little Interest Employees younger than 30 make u Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:45:39 -0400 {cb25527d-91e7-a8c7-8226-8f6c13aa5422} Blog: Break the Rules http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=echristensen300brandcom&blogentry_id=3697 Government cyber security professionals own an unenviable lot. Facing constant, constantly evolving threats, they are tasked to protect an archaic, aging infrastructure while complying with an arc Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:53:29 -0400 {daeacab4-785a-f8b2-c014-a012dfdce195} Research: The Big Data Cure http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=MeriTalk&blogentry_id=3696 http://www.meritalk.com/bigdatacure Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:14:43 -0400 {0c2783a5-16c9-2214-7886-544cc36f532a} Blog: Share and Share Alike? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3693 Share and Share Alike? My mother told me it was good to share my toys.  Seems Uncle Sam can cut costs by sharing tech toys.  That, according to a new MeriTalk study – Shared Services: R Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:11:23 -0400 {82c1138a-fc76-8069-567a-70680ec72a57} Blog: Big Five in Overdrive http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3692 Big Five in Overdrive Let’s change gears for this week’s circuit.  Chance to step outside the Beltway and look under the hood in the mega-billion dollar state and local IT race.  How Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:58:44 -0400 {c5274428-c48f-60f7-3186-a487f48f55c1} Blog: Play Ball! Compute! http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3691 Ah, spring training is in full swing. The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. The low hum of computers analyzing Big Data sets. Huh? America’s pastime will intersect with technology in a n Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:54:29 -0400 {122a197f-6010-cbd9-2406-63efc154dd7d} Blog: Juggling Chainsaws? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3690 Juggling Chainsaws? Big data is good. Curing cancer. Trapping terrorists. Avoiding Armageddon. Cyber leaks are bad. There’s a mountain of evidence on that front – we’ll call it Snowdonia. So Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:55:42 -0400 {a0e32e43-0e94-1123-5c34-71df5c31e94c} Blog: Shared First http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=echristensen300brandcom&blogentry_id=3689 The President’s FY2015 budget request is a curious animal. Beyond the typical shenanigans (e.g. cutting programs that it knows Congress will restore like CDBGs), it holds some troubling contradi Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:45:33 -0400 {c37e7ace-472e-5749-8e81-550d492494ec} Blog: FedRAMP OnRAMP - Experience Frequency http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=FedRAMPOnRAMP&blogentry_id=3688  Placeholder Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:57:53 -0400 {d51805ce-c1d2-01a2-bc67-e3bc4b403db3} Blog: FedRAMP OnRAMP - Experience Duration http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=FedRAMPOnRAMP&blogentry_id=3687  placeholder Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:57:30 -0400 {52a55dd5-eb7e-e76e-23a6-628b16288ba0} Blog: Rolling Down the FedRAMP http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3686 This just in… We love news here at MeriTalk, whether it’s Russian troops in Ukraine, NASA discovering 715 new planets, or spring training. When members of the cloud community met on the Hill Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:46:33 -0400 {da91443e-d1be-c078-f595-f42440acebf6} Research: Shared Services: Ready or Not? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=MeriTalk&blogentry_id=3685 http://www.meritalk.com/shared-services Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:38:50 -0500 {090d45dc-5d88-9164-a196-1565ecff3e99} Blog: USS ITanic? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3684 USS ITanic? There's been hysteria about the grey tsunami since before I had grey hair.  But, today seems Uncle Sam's IT is really drowning in a digital-drop-out deluge. By all report Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:45:00 -0500 {e3ba5da6-3668-6ae7-d301-d137cd6901f8} Blog: FY 2015 Budget - The Fed Stretch Ratio http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=echristensen300brandcom&blogentry_id=3683 Much like Ulysses, you don’t really read the President’s budget so much as suffer through it hoping to harvest a few interesting things to say. In an effort to save you some time, here are the Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:45:53 -0500 {b04305cf-152b-0682-17d6-6dfa468e7236} Blog: FedRAMP OnRAMP - Resources http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=FedRAMPOnRAMP&blogentry_id=3682  Placeholder Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:12:01 -0500 {84f2c3b2-0c09-0b1a-4af5-85d7f0ae0f45} Blog: FedRAMP OnRAMP - Portfolio http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=FedRAMPOnRAMP&blogentry_id=3681  Placeholder Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:09:55 -0500 {edf22ed1-ff0e-a5f4-38b6-90b8f3bcde40} Blog: FedRAMP OnRAMP - Experience http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=FedRAMPOnRAMP&blogentry_id=3680  Placeholder Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:00:25 -0500 {dbdb442c-a931-955b-c72a-f3ba0d33295d} Blog: FedRAMP OnRAMP - RoI http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=FedRAMPOnRAMP&blogentry_id=3679  Placeholder Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:59:44 -0500 {1eee0737-fa61-7789-3340-b35633e5ad20} Blog: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3678 No Such Thing as a Free Lunch? The basis of this idiom is, you get nothing for nothing. Well, I’m going to take a bite out of that one. Next week is Telework Week. And, while the ethics rules Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:30:56 -0500 {d736f918-880c-e6b2-27a5-8e7d1705eeb5} Blog: Apple Wins HIMSS http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=echristensen300brandcom&blogentry_id=3677 Among the teeming masses wandering the 537,000 square feet of HIMSS 2014, the buzz isn’t about EHR, MU2, or ICD-10 (though some of the grumbling at the bar is). The 35,000 attendees aren’t tal Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:55:02 -0500 {fccf1085-f6e5-7844-4a41-f7239e57eeb4} Blog: FedRAMP OnRAMP http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=MeriTalk&blogentry_id=3676  Placeholder.. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:28:22 -0500 {57d12f56-8452-7d3c-1d10-45f5b14703f0} Research: Balancing the Cyber Big Data Equation http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=MeriTalk&blogentry_id=3675 http://www.meritalk.com/Balancing-Cyber-BigData Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:03:30 -0500 {4c9d3230-856b-2ae9-1142-b345d748d06e} Blog: Hats Off to GSA on FedRAMP http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3673 Hats Off to GSA on FedRAMP FedRAMP has been around for a while – and there's a good bit of confusion. You can read the manual – but at 49 pages and growing, it's not exactly a page tu Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:31:50 -0500 {f9582eac-beba-3f5d-a7f9-1c4b487b4e18} Blog: Begging Google for an EHR http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=echristensen300brandcom&blogentry_id=3671 The physician satisfaction statistics on Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are in. They are as bad as they are astounding. In a national survey executed and reported by Medical Economics, 70 percen Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:45:50 -0500 {575535d6-202d-7598-4839-89b66b012803}