MeriTalk Updates Where America Talks Government Copyright 2014 MeriTalk Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:17:02 -0400 Blog: SDN: Beat the Hype In the life of every young new technology category there is a fleeting moment between introduction of a working product and onset of overwhelming hype. Let us call this the Reality Hiccup. For you Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:56:49 -0400 {20fe5316-7db9-8a44-57fb-6cdb09c3cb23} Blog: Who's Your Favorite Beatle?  J, P, G, or R?  Do You Want to Know a Secret?  It’s 50 years since Shea Stadium.  She Was Just 17 – and so’s O’Keeffe & Company, MeriTalk’s sister organization.&# Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:17:09 -0400 {5632441a-eaa4-87cf-ce57-f47795550ad6} Blog: Cloud Computing Cannibalism? 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 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? 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 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? 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 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 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 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 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:14:43 -0400 {0c2783a5-16c9-2214-7886-544cc36f532a} Blog: Share and Share Alike? 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 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! 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? 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 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  Placeholder Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:57:53 -0400 {d51805ce-c1d2-01a2-bc67-e3bc4b403db3} Blog: FedRAMP OnRAMP - Experience Duration  placeholder Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:57:30 -0400 {52a55dd5-eb7e-e76e-23a6-628b16288ba0} Blog: Rolling Down the FedRAMP 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? Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:38:50 -0500 {090d45dc-5d88-9164-a196-1565ecff3e99} Blog: USS ITanic? 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 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  Placeholder Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:12:01 -0500 {84f2c3b2-0c09-0b1a-4af5-85d7f0ae0f45} Blog: FedRAMP OnRAMP - Portfolio  Placeholder Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:09:55 -0500 {edf22ed1-ff0e-a5f4-38b6-90b8f3bcde40} Blog: FedRAMP OnRAMP - Experience  Placeholder Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:00:25 -0500 {dbdb442c-a931-955b-c72a-f3ba0d33295d} Blog: FedRAMP OnRAMP - RoI  Placeholder Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:59:44 -0500 {1eee0737-fa61-7789-3340-b35633e5ad20} Blog: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch? 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 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  Placeholder.. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:28:22 -0500 {57d12f56-8452-7d3c-1d10-45f5b14703f0} Research: Balancing the Cyber Big Data Equation Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:03:30 -0500 {4c9d3230-856b-2ae9-1142-b345d748d06e}