INDUSTRY WATCH: Successful Software Development. Software is how organizations compete in today’s marketplace. New companies like Uber and Airbnb are invading existing businesses, using the power of software and services to succeed in this sharing economy. Read more

OUTSOURCING: Communication and Cultural Understanding Key to Software Development Innovation. Getting software development right in an outsourced environment can be tricky, but in the nearshore context time zone and cultural affinity combined with the ability to create blended teams minimizes some of those challenges. Read more

TESTING PLATFORM: Is Microsoft Testing Our Software, Seriously? Building software is important, but that ‘build’ word is just one of several components in the so-called software application development and operations lifecycle. The whole process should ideally be a system of plan, code, build, test, release, deploy, use and then monitor… Read more

TECH COUNCIL SURVEY: Software Developers Lacking. A greater demand for software development talent and a shortage of professionals to fill these roles is the subject of a new Technology Councils of North America survey. Read more


SCHEDULE 70: GSA Adds New Cloud Special Item Number. The General Services Administration has assigned a single special item number for cloud service offerings on the agency’s Information Technology Schedule 70 federal procurement vehicle. Read more

STEM AWARENESS: Agencies, Schools Get In The Game. A growing number of government agencies, schools, startups and traditional camps are meeting the demand, offering coding and STEM programs – some lasting a day, others running several weeks – that appeal to kids’ inner technophiles and that are attracting interest among kids at an increasingly earlier age. Read more

CUSTOMER FEEDBACK: White House Building A ‘Yelp’ To Rate Federal Services. Lisa Danzig, the associate director for performance and personnel management at OMB, said the administration will be launching a “federal feedback button” pilot in the next few months to give Americans a way to provide instant feedback on their experiences with federal services. Read more

NET NEUTRALITY: Lawmakers Press FCC For More Transparency. Lawmakers have questioned the FCC’s process for some time, but the agency has come under increasing scrutiny from the public in light of the net neutrality rules. Read more


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FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – July 17, 2015

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