FED TECHNOLOGY: Open Platforms Can Speed up Government Shift to Cloud. The White House has ordered federal agencies to accelerate the adoption of cloud usage in 2018, and that has many federal agencies struggling with significant technical and organizational challenges in this shift. But open source cloud platforms (PaaS) can help accelerate this process and make it more manageable. Read more
DOD: Pentagon’s $1 Billion Cloud Deal May Signal New Era in Government Buying. Congress wants the Defense Department to buy technology faster. Now it’s beginning to do just that. In early February, a small Virginia-based company—REAN Cloud—that partners with Amazon Web Services announced a nearly $1 billion deal to provide cloud computing services for the Defense Department. Read more
OPINION: Look Beyond Efficiency When It Comes to Cloud. Cloud computing continues to permeate the federal government as agencies embrace its cost and productivity benefits. Nearly two-thirds of the federal employees responding to a recent Deloitte survey indicated their agency has moved at least some applications to the cloud. Identifying the primary motivators of cloud migration, survey respondents gave similar weight to cost savings, organizational efficiency and better data sharing. Read more.
IDEAS: How Agencies Can Effectively Implement Artificial Intelligence. The IBM Center for The Business of Government has released a new report to help agencies understand effective practices in adopting AI and cognitive technologies: Delivering Artificial Intelligence in Government: Challenges and Opportunities, by Kevin Desouza, ASU Foundation Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. Desouza reviews recent progress made in applying artificial intelligence to public sector service provision, drawing on lessons learned from commercial experience as well as burgeoning cognitive computing activity by federal, state, local, and international governments. Read more.
NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems February 2018 https://www.slideshare.net/BMDS3416/tech-update-summary-from-blue-mountain-data-systems-february-2018.
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BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.