Cloud Among Trending Topics at Summit

Chris Wiedemann_65 x 85cloud_101816immixGroup’s third annual Government IT Sales Summit is about a month away, which means you’ll soon hear the Market Intelligence team’s rundown of crucial budgetary and procurement trends for the government’s FY 2017. (To get a sneak peek at some of the DOD-specific content, check out our post from last week).

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DOD Trends You’ll Hear at Summit

Lloyd McCoy’s Third Annual Government IT Sales Summit is just over a month away and the timing for the budget briefings we’ll be delivering at the event couldn’t be better.

No doubt disruptive technologies and policy changes have been shifting agency priorities. How will those trends continue to guide how agencies spend their IT budgets? What kind of role will a new administration—be it Clinton or Trump—influence government tech priorities?

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Will Hackers Cause Chaos on Election Day?

Rachel Eckert

passwordBy Rachel Eckert, SLED Consultant

It’s exactly three weeks from Election Day and officials are facing a serious problem. (No we’re not talking about any new recordings.)

More than 20 states have reported hacking attempts on their election systems, with specific attacks against online registration databases. While these recent attacks didn’t target actual voting or tabulation machines, a Department of Homeland Security official told NBC the attacks are serious enough to cause confusion and chaos.

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The Best in Government Innovation

digit-event-logoInnovation has become more than just a buzz word in the public sector, thanks in part to a need to do more with less. Agencies are turning to transformative technologies like the Internet of Things and big data to advance missions and better serve citizens.

So who’s driving innovation in government? What agencies are cutting-edge?

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Can SBA’s New CIO Modernize the Small Agency?

Kevin Shaker_65 x 85sba-logoBy Kevin Shaker, Analyst

Maria Roat has left her position as chief technology officer of the Department of Transportation (DOT) to assume a new role as chief information officer at the Small Business Administration (SBA), replacing Renee Macklin.

If we look at her work at DOT, we may get a sense for how SBA’s IT shop will evolve under Roat’s leadership. For the last two years, she’s been responsible for issuing policy, planning milestones, and assessing the DOT’s IT framework, as well as establishing the IT Shared Services group within DOT’s Office of the CIO. She had also helped create the DOT Common Operating Environment, which is the cornerstone of DOT’s shared services. It’s comprised of the cloud IT infrastructure platform for non-FAA administrators.

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Philly’s Cloud-First Plans Delayed…For Now

Rachel EckertPhiladelphia, cloud, Charles Brennan, IT infrastructure, SLEDBy Rachel Eckert, SLED Consultant

It was nearly a year ago that I blogged about Philadelphia’s mission to become a cloud-first city. The CIO at the time, Adel Ebeid, said the goal was to host 30 percent of the city’s IT infrastructure in the cloud—primarily through SaaS delivery.

But as state and local governments know all too well, plans around technology don’t always come together.

Philly’s cloud plans have been put on ice as officials tackle ongoing projects and a struggling procurement system. The new CIO, Charles Brennan, has made a few changes to the city’s technology teams, including separating Open Data and Web Services roles.

He’s also indicated an interest in more open data, tackling the city’s aging IT infrastructure, and reworking the procurement system.

Read more about my take on Philly’s plans in StateScoop.

I’m also presenting a state and local market overview at immixGroup’s 3rd Annual Government IT Sales Summit on Nov. 17 in Reston, Va. Early bird ticket prices end soon, so register soon.

Air Force Fine Tunes Its Cyber Policy

Stephanie Meloni_65x85cybersecurity_092816Two main themes emerged at the recent Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower Conference (AFITC) that will affect future Air Force cyber activities: increased automation and further integration of cyber across all warfighting domains.

Air Force senior leaders gathered at AFITC in Alabama to discuss their vision for the future of cyber operations across the organization as the service evolves its cyber practices and discovers vulnerabilities in networks and weapon systems.

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