CLOUD: Is Cloud-powered Business Intelligence Genuinely Useful or Mere Hype? All hail democratised data. Until recently, business intelligence (BI) software was all on-premise and then only for analysts who knew how to code, or those that had the support of data science and IT staff. But with infrastructure quickly shifting to a cloud model, new cloud-powered BI software is appearing that promises to empower everyone and anyone within an organisation to work with data directly, in real-time. Is cloud BI really the democratisation of data, or too good to be true? . Read more

DATA ACT: Pressures Mount to Deliver on DATA Act Promises. Pressure is building for federal agencies to not only develop new financial data reporting systems in time to meet a May 2017 deadline, but to also make sure the job gets done right, according to federal IT officials. Read more

FUTURE OF THE CLOUD: Moving Up the Value Chain. Cloud technology is becoming ubiquitous in the federal government. For agencies that have already unplugged their traditional data centers and shifted their computing models, that move has brought dramatic value — in well-documented savings of money, time and resources. But what about the future? As cloud technology advances, will the value of being in a cloud environment continue to increase? More important, as budgets shrink and security risks grow, will the cloud provide a way to enhance innovation and tackle increasingly complex technology challenges? Read more

CORTANA: Taps Power BI, Wikipedia Leans On AI: Big Data Roundup. Updates on some very cool use cases of machine learning, how Wikipedia is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to improve its anti-vandalism efforts, Microsoft’s Cortana getting integration with Power BI, and more. Read more


LOCKHEED LEAVES: Lockheed Martin Corp. To Exit Commercial Cybersecurity, Double-Down On Helicopters And Combat Jets. Lockheed Martin Corp. has been planning to sell off or spin off its roughly $4 billion government information technology business since earlier this year. That would include its Cybersecurity unit. “The cyber programs that will remain with the company are mostly focused on defense and intelligence customers and will be realigned into the Corporation’s other four business segments,” says Dan Nelson, Vice President, Corporation Communications at Lockheed. Read more

PREDICTION: The Cybersecurity Startup Boom Will End in 2016. Too many companies are selling similar tools. Read more

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Cybersecurity is a Team Sport, but it’s No Game. We can all do something to address the growing cybersecurity challenge. Individual users, small departments and large agencies alike can take steps to improve our individual and collective cybersecurity posture. It is estimated that roughly 80 percent of exploitable vulnerabilities in cyberspace are a result of poor or nonexistent cyber hygiene — the basic, fundamental protection measures that improve defense while making it more difficult and more expensive for the bad guys to perpetrate an intrusion. Read more

FLORIDA: Builds New Cybersecurity Framework. Since the re-launch of Florida’s IT agency last year, Chief Information Security Officer Danielle Alvarez has been working to build up a cybersecurity framework for the state. Alvarez said the biggest threat currently facing the state is “lacking that foundation” for how to effectively handle information security, and she’s now in the midst of laying down those guidelines. Read more


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