FAA NEWS: Amazon Insists Federal Rules Apply To U.S. Deliveries By Drone. Amazon.com, seeking to bolster its efforts to deliver products via drone, said recently that states and local communities should not be allowed to regulate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) authorized by federal aviation regulators. Read more

EMM SOLUTIONS: Governments Embrace Enterprise Mobility Management. Workplaces demand mobility, and that’s particularly true of state police, environmental inspectors and budget analysts who all need access to smartphones and tablets to work more effectively. Read more

COMMENTARY: Federal Shared Services — Why Legislation Is Necessary. Why is legislation necessary to advance shared services? Doesn’t the executive branch have all the authority it needs? Read more

VIRGINIA: Northrop Grumman To Pick Up Half Of Laid-Off VITA Workers. After the recent Virginia Information Technologies Agency lay off of 51 employees, the holder of its main outsourcing contract said it would rehire almost half of them. Northrop Grumman Corp. said it plans to rehire up to 25 of the state employees. Read more


METHODOLOGY: How Being More Agile Can Help You Juggle Your Business Demands More Efficiently. In the era of the cloud, software is at the forefront of business activities, from monitoring company accounts to facilitating web conferences and driving sales. It’s strange given how critical it is to the business that so few actually understand the practice of software development and the different options available to them. Read more

AGILE VS. WATERFALL: When Is Each Approach To Software Requirements Best? Establishing software requirements can be challenging. It is not easy to gain a good understanding of customer requirements, let alone document and maintain those requirements when they change over time. Read more

MISCONCEPTIONS: The Top 10 Myths About Agile Development. To be flexible has become vital for a business in today’s global markets, and therefore, the ability for IT systems to be equally flexible is essential. The purpose of agile is to allow organisations to react to the increasingly dynamic opportunities and challenges of today’s business world, in which IT has become one of the key enablers. Read more

ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE: Introducing The Scaled Agile Framework. These days, some software teams have hundreds of programmers. Many of them are on multi-year projects and working on ongoing programs — software that might have a shelf life of more than a decade. Those projects are complex, in-flight and with no easy concept of done. Read more


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