MeriTalk Updates http://meritalk.com Where America Talks Government Copyright 2014 MeriTalk Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:27:03 -0500 http://meritalk.com/images/logo.png http://meritak.com Blog: 6 Government IT Trends to Watch in 2015 http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=LizPowell&blogentry_id=3832 Everyone makes predictions this time of year. Now it's your turn. The top trends government IT professionals are watching in 2015: Network overhauls. Nearly half of Federal IT specialists Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:52:27 -0500 {de284de7-ebe4-9dc9-8053-c1dc7d0544cd} Blog: Four Things You Need to Know About the Cyber Security Protection Act http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=DrewDoggett&blogentry_id=3831 Congress finally passed the Cyber Security Protection Act this month, amending the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to modernize cybersecurity measures for the 21st century. Four things you need to know Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:10:32 -0500 {4d286b78-9c4b-c4af-b0c4-47a6fe55656c} Blog: Five Ways the New FISMA Act Will Affect Your Work http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=FiveWays&blogentry_id=3830 The Federal Information Security Modernization Act, passed this month, brings cybersecurity into the 21st century and changes the rules of the road for Federal employees in IT. Five ways the new legis Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:35:31 -0500 {ff16c181-7483-7326-5357-cf854b67e367} Blog: FedRAMP Under the Mistletoe? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3829 What does everybody in Federal IT want for the holidays this year? Answers to five FedRAMP questions:  What's the path forward to get agencies to buy into FedRAMP?&#1 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:06:01 -0500 {fff32172-61ef-8a90-08d1-7ae707aeab69} Blog: 4 Reasons why your enterprise needs to shift its focus to VMware vSphere with Operations Management http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=TuAnhHa&blogentry_id=3821 As government agencies tighten their budgets, virtualization is more heavily relied upon to increase their capabilities without increasing their expenditures. VMware continues to raise the bar with th Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:52:23 -0500 {a3d05300-e029-b3c3-32e4-1d096f38e297} Blog: Watch Out for the Grinch http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3820 Federal agencies lose an estimated $300 billion a year to fraud, waste, and abuse. Bad guys are the Grinch – $300 billion could pay a lot of bills. Or pay for better cybersecurity. That’s what Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:21:30 -0500 {15daef3f-da71-a08e-c18f-b502f2c3e53b} Blog: Five Ways Big Data Analytics Can Fight Fraud, Waste, and Abuse http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=FiveWays&blogentry_id=3819 Agencies don’t have the time, money, or manpower to sift through every single tax return, Medicare claim, or unemployment payment that goes out the door, but that doesn’t mean fraudsters can’t Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:06:27 -0500 {24293099-7efd-d96c-63fb-f65569e88a2a} Blog: David Bray - No Couch Potato http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3818 What were you doing at age 15? That’s when David Bray launched his career as a Fed. Let me introduce you to David. On the Go He’s no homebody. Bray’s philanthropic urge has led him all ov Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:01:57 -0500 {13c1594e-9136-f00e-ad06-571b6dd7b527} Blog: App etite? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3817 Halloween is safely in the rear view mirror – but Uncle Sam's still wracked by IT nightmares. App glutony's front and center as we head to Thanksgiving – and a new MeriTalk study, the Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:03:08 -0500 {2c6f1713-d98c-610e-7e4c-561b94a61312} Blog: Too Many Cooks? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3816 Looking for a recipe for success this turkey day – and a heaped helping of hilarity?  Look no further than our Fed IT gourmets' take on bad lip reading Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:31:18 -0500 {4d4cd393-f06a-c206-a412-e8254012d2a2} Blog: Hitting a Moving Target? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3807 If you'll pardon the puns – mobility is the most dynamic sector in Fed IT.  And, securing those environments is a moving target.  But, to be sure, Fed mobile security is no laughing Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:43:33 -0500 {02394ffd-3a7f-e30b-5734-53273abeb34b} Blog: Weed the People http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=BillGlanz&blogentry_id=3806 Pot’s legal in DC (unless Congress steps in and says no to drugs). Nearly 70 percent of voters gave weed the high sign. But that’s not smoke in the sky. Those are clouds because there’s a lo Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:17:32 -0500 {9a5b0752-0f02-0fce-0067-e7fb498fae3e} Blog: Sink or Swim? http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3804 Don’t go boating without a life jacket.  And, don’t collect, store, or try to manage data without an Information Governance strategy.  That’s IG, but if you don’t have one, you’l Wed, 05 Nov 2014 22:52:43 -0500 {90013efe-0dad-2428-35c7-19923128644c} 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}