AI is Out There

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not a concept of the far-off future – it is something that’s happening in Federal agencies, state and local governments, and higher education institutions today. […]

AI is Out There

Between February’s executive order (EO) and March’s launch of AI.gov, the administration has made it clear – artificial intelligence (AI) is not a concept of the far-off future, but something that’s happening in Federal agencies, state and local governments, and higher education institutions today.






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FITARA

As Federal agencies look to improve and accelerate IT modernization, the FITARA scorecard offers a snapshot of their efforts – it is the CIO report card. And while every agency would like to raise their grade, some struggle due to challenges with budgets, culture, and a focus on day-to-day results.






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Power of AI

Between February’s AI Executive Order, the creation of the Select Committee on AI, the launch of AI.gov, and a proposed $850 million toward AI research and development in the White House’s FY2020 budget, it’s clear the Federal government sees power and potential in adopting artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.






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Servicenow Digital Transformation
OPEN Data

Through the Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, all non-sensitive government data assets must be made available as open, machine-readable data. And as Federal agencies work towards implementing this mandate, Chief Data Officers (CDOs) must lead the way.






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Raising Your Content IQ

Federal IT managers have more guidance than ever on how to leverage cloud for embracing modern capabilities and improving mission outcomes. If agencies need to get “Cloud Smart,” a lesson in content management – including both structured and unstructured data – could be the smartest investment they can make.






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AI

After the AI executive order, DoD AI strategy, and recently passed OPEN Government Data Act, all signs point to real opportunity to liberate the potential of AI and other emerging technology. But, traditional environments (where agencies spend 80% of their budget) are not designed to meet data storage, management, and security needs at the scale required to support these technologies. How can agencies overcome this technical debt?






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SD WAN
Rise of AI

Federal agencies are utilizing their treasure trove of data by adopting artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and deep learning to tackle critical workloads, respond to citizen requests, drive innovation, and much more.






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Cloud Complexity

If Federal agencies want to succeed in the cloud, they must first tackle the chaos and complexity of current legacy networks. What impact are today’s network challenges having on government cloud adoption? Where are agencies successfully prioritizing modernization, and where are they falling behind?






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Reimagining Government IT

Inertia has long plagued government IT – slowing modernization and preventing Feds from achieving IT advances and efficiencies. With today’s legislation, funding opportunities, and technologies – are things beginning to change? Is modernization on the horizon?






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AI Journey

Federal IT managers know it’s all about the data. It has the ability to transform the way Feds approach tasks from data entry to cybersecurity, and it stands to revolutionize constituent service and mission success. Many have started optimizing their data through automation, big data analytics, deep learning, and – for some – even AI. While they still face challenges, agencies are making progress. And AI is the next frontier.






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Buck Stops Here

Funding received from the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act is a loan – not a grant. The average tenure of a federal CIO is 18 months; for a federal CFO, six years. For MGT-funded projects, this means that if a program does not deliver value – it’s the CFO that will be left with the bill.






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Innovation Imperative

DoD defines mission-critical IT.  Leveraging advanced computing platforms that level silos, scale, and bring advanced capabilities like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile computing – all wrapped in superior security –  increasingly define winners and losers on the battlefield. 






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Fact or Fiction?
Hyper-Coverged-Without-Compromise

With the majority of agencies headed for a hybrid cloud environment1, Federal IT managers must find a bridge between today’s aging infrastructures and tomorrow’s cloud future.  And despite endless mandates pushing modernization, fears around change and a loss of control have stifled Feds’ progress.  However, Feds say next-generation hyper converged infrastructures (HCIs) may be the […] […]

Modernizing the Monolith
ViON Data_Center 2020

With the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) deadline extended to 2020, Federal IT leaders must push hard to keep data center modernization momentum moving forward. With the right technology, agencies have the opportunity to reduce OpEx and establish an infrastructure that is able to scale quickly, integrate emerging technology, and effectively support dynamic missions – but are they?






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Cyber AI

With the advent of cloud, IoT, and other next-gen technologies, the Federal government’s digital footprint is growing at an exponential rate.  But as the amount of data continues to explode, so do the number of cyber adversaries and vulnerabilities in our government’s networks.  And without the proper resources and capabilities to manually defend against this deluge of cyber threats, artificial intelligence (AI) could be the missing link in fully securing our government.






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Keeping up with – or preferably ahead of – advances in technology is absolutely necessary for those involved in government IT. MeriTalk features not only the latest research affecting federal technology, but also more in-depth studies that examine how those developments are likely to impact the government IT realm.

MeriTalk federal IT research covers a variety of subjects, including how to make the best use of Big Data, the safest use of cloud computing, and other cybersecurity topics that affect all government agencies.