FOR CDOS: It’s Data Science, Not Rocket Science. Data scientists and chief data officers are the hot hire these days, and government agencies at all levels are working to get more out of their rapidly growing troves of data. Determining how to approach all that data, however, can be daunting. Read more

GOV2GO: Arkansas Launches First State Government Apple Watch App. Less than a month after the Apple Watch was released widely to the public, the Arkansas Information Consortium — a subsidiary of NIC Inc. — launched the first official government application designed for the Apple Watch. And other state Apple Watch apps are due to show up in Mississippi, Maryland and Texas in the coming weeks. Read more

OKLAHOMA: Get the Results Your Government Needs With Data Center Consolidation. When Oklahoma began its data center consolidation in 2011, each of the state’s more than 170 agencies had been procuring its own IT infrastructure. “We had 129 different email systems and 30 data center and computer room locations,’” says Dustin Crossfield, Oklahoma director of technology services for the Information Services Division of the state’s Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES). Read more


BIG DATA TOOLS: Oracle Tackles Spatial and Graph Big Data Analytics. With nearly 20 years of experience working with spatial and graph data in its flagship relational database, Oracle Corp. is taking that expertise and putting it into a new Big Data tool. Read more

DISCOVER OPEN SOURCE: It Has To Be More Than Linux. While the notion of free software has lasted since the days Richard Stallman was sleeping under his desk at MIT, the full thrust of collaboratively and openly licensed software really took off with the advent of Linux. Read more

GARTNER FINDINGS: Hadoop Adoption Remains Steady, But Slow. Is your company planning to invest in Hadoop in the next two years? Well, 54% of Gartner Research Circle members said no. That also means 46% said yes, but that little inversion is turning into a terabyte of commentary, full of sound and fury, signifying business as usual. Read more


AGILE DEVELOPMENT: Reversibility, Communication and Collaboration. At the inaugural O’Reilly Software Architecture conference, Molly Dishman and Martin Fowler discussed the role of architecture within agile software development. Key takeaways included; architects must remain ‘hands on’; architecture should focus on reducing irreversibility; adaptable documentation is essential in order to ensure clear communication of the architecture… Read more

VIRTUALIZATION: Which VM Lifecycle Management Tools Should You Use? With VM lifecycle management, it’s important for administrators and IT pros to know which workloads are more critical than others. Consistently monitoring virtual machines will help keep your environment running smoothly. Read more


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