While 80 percent of Federal IT managers agree unstructured data is valuable, more than half are looking for a better solution to unlock its potential. […]
MeriTalk surveyed registrants from the 2019 AWS Public Sector Summit to understand how IT managers assess the value of their current data centers, what factors they consider when moving a data center, and the most common excuses they hear for keeping outdated data centers open.[…]
The Federal government isn’t alone in the race to cloud adoption – state and local government (SLG) agencies are hitting the track as well. SLG IT managers know cloud must be central to their strategy as they look to pick up the pace on modernization efforts.[…]
“Never trust; always verify,” is emerging as the new slogan for information security in a cloud-based world. At its core is Zero Trust – the idea that access to agency resources should be restricted until the user has proven their identity and access permissions, and the device has passed a security profile check.[…]
Seven years after its inception, how is DHS’ Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program performing? We surveyed more than 160 Federal and industry CDM stakeholders to understand their experiences with the program and recommendations for its future direction.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) adoption continues to gain momentum as organizations invest time and money into initial explorations and implementations. But do IT professionals believe AI is ready for their top mission-critical tasks? What will it take to fully prepare organizations for AI?[…]
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.[…]
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.[…]
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.[…]
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.[…]
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.[…]
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?[…]
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?[…]
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.[…]
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.[…]
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.