SQL SERVER 2016: Offers Federal Agencies Multiple Cloud Options. The end of support for SQL Server 2005 provides agencies ample opportunity to invest in a hybrid cloud environment for database management. Read more
MICROSOFT: Microsoft Bolsters Cloud Security. Microsoft has announced measures to improve security management and transparency for Azure cloud services and Office 365. The features, which come from technology Microsoft acquired last year when it purchased Adallom, will bolster security in cloud apps such as Office 365, Box, Salesforce, ServiceNow and Ariba. Read more
REPORT: Government Increases Cloud Spending. A new report found that 8.5 percent of the federal government’s IT spending, or $6.7 billion, in fiscal 2016 will go to cloud technologies – a marked increase from the 5 percent of IT spending that the government put toward cloud in fiscal 2015. Read more
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Government Benefits from a More Mature Cloud. As agencies become more comfortable with the cloud, the technology’s true potential starts to shine. Read more
FOR THE CIO, CTO & CISO
BIG DATA: CIOs Focus Spending on Big Data: Survey. The shaky economy has chief information officers focusing IT spending on efforts to “drive more revenue from better operations”, according to tech industry research firm Gartner Inc. But on top of tighter IT budgets, their efforts are being stymied by a dearth of tech talent, both internally and in the broader job market, Gartner said a report this week. Read the rest
CTO: How One CTO Built a Culture of Trust and Engagement. When Joe McBreen took over as CTO of St. Vrain Valley School District in 2009, he walked into an IT nightmare. Seven years later, he’s turned things around. Here’s how he did it. Read more
CISO: CISO Still Viewed As Tech Not Business Leader. RSAC/ISACA study shows only one in seven CISOs report to CEO. Read more
CIO: 2016 STATE of IT – 20 CIO Budget, Technology and Digital Business Findings. Gartner recently advised CIOs to consider 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2016 including improving relationships with CMO and board members, exploiting crowdsourcing and shifting IT thinking from “how, and what skills” to “why, and which competencies”. There is no doubt that in the connected economy, where customers – both internal and external – are more mobile, social, data-driven and smarter, businesses must heavily rely on CIOs and IT leaders to meet the growing expectations of their products and services. Read more
NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems January 2016 http://www.slideshare.net/BMDS3416/tech-update-summary-from-blue-mountain-data-systems-january-2016.
IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.
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.