blue-mountain-cloud-computing4-300x229FEDERAL IT NEWS

DATA OWNERSHIP: Federal CIOs Want SLA Assurances From Cloud Vendors. By some measurements, the federal government’s adoption of cloud computing has been on a steep rise, but there remain significant obstacles that have stood in the way of modernizing legacy systems and applications. Read more

HAWAII ACA: Health Exchange Faces Federal Pressure Over Finances. All state-run insurance exchanges that are part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act are supposed to be financially sustainable this year. But without an infusion of cash, the Hawaii Health Connector won’t have enough money for its operations. Read more

MOBILE TECH: Baltimore Police Used Stingray Phone Trackers Thousands Of Times Under Federal Secrecy. The Baltimore police department has used secretive cellphone tracking technology thousands of times in recent years while following orders from the FBI to withhold information about the practice from prosecutors and judges, a detective testified in court on Wednesday. Read more


PRICING STRATEGY: The Rationale Behind Soaring App Development Prices. During the last quarter of 2014, we were approached by a funded startup based in Boston to identify an app development company to build an app for their European launch. The skill sets were quite niche, and the yearly spend would cross $100K, so we had to approach platform evangelists to identify some development studios that they’d recommend based on first-hand experience. Read more

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Rapid Mobile App Development Works – But Not Without Management. Although the developers of Angry Birds probably didn’t know at the time how much their app would take off, one thing’s for certain: they didn’t set out to create an app with a terrible user experience. They wanted a mobile app with depth that would cater to as wide an audience as possible, with all the right features and nothing cut-and-paste. Find out more

BIG DATA: HP Introduces Number Of New Software For Mobile App Development And Management. HP has introduced a number of new software that utilizes HP’s assets in big data analytics, application lifecycle management, IT operations management and security. Businesses can use HP’s solutions to accelerate application delivery, test and monitor apps across multiple devices and operating systems, and provide mobile users with secure experiences. Find out more


TRAVEL EXPERIENCE: Has Personal Technology Killed the Mystery of Travel? People traveling these days appear to be too preoccupied and distracted by their technology to be able to experience their travels, which is not the same thing as experiencing their phones while traveling, but rather actually living the unknown that travel offers. Read more

APPLE WATCH: Your Questions Answered. Let’s look at the reviews. Our personal technology columnists, Geoffrey Fowler and Joanna Stern, each spent a week with the Apple Watch, testing out battery life, performance and durability. “With the Apple Watch, smartwatches finally make sense.” Find out more

SAFETY: Let’s Embrace Life-Saving Personal Safety Technology the Way We Embrace Photo-Sharing Apps. No commuter should die on a smoke-filled train because of inadequate communication between victims and first responders.No office worker should be gunned down by an armed intruder because he or she didn’t know how to reach safety in a commercial building. Find out more

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is dedicated to Application Development and Systems Integration for Federal Civilian Agencies, Document Management Systems that help in the preparation, scanning, indexing, categorizing and quality control of millions of pages of paper documents to electronic format and the Automation of Workflow Processes. Call us at 703-502-3416.


ATTN: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – May 25, 2015

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