The 2016 budget’s out – read six pages in the Analytic Perspective to get smart on what’s important in Fed IT. If you won’t do the homework, this cup’s a must-read. We did the reading so you don’t have to.

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With the snow, don’t want you getting frostbite reading this pour on your mobile. Three short pours. Caution, the beverage you are about to enjoy is extremely hot.

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Is DoD marching in double time to the cloud – or MIA on modernization? That’s the question that caused companies to close ranks at last week’s DoD industry day at the Commerce Department.

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At last, someone that knows what they’re doing.  That’s the hopeful refrain from Federal IT and industry folks after the White House announced Tony Scott as the new Federal CIO.  You can tune in on Tech Tony’s Titan Talent here.  But, I’m pouring a cupful of the one thing nobody asks for – advice.  Five points to consider: Less is More […]

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In Fed IT, it’s AFE. Don’t recognize that TLA – Three Letter Acronym? It’s Acronyms For Everything. As the elephants and donkeys charge and kick one another over the 3Is – Immigration, Iran, and Israel – there’s one acronym on which they find common ground – FITARA.

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This one’s less of a Cup of IT – more like Texas tea, black gold, oil that is. Based on my citizenship exam, three things enshrined in the constitution – freedom of speech, right to bear arms, access to cheap gas.

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If Uncle Sam has a New Year’s resolution, maybe he should stop chewing his digits? No, I’m not talking about nail biting, I’m talking about digital natives.

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Halloween is safely in the rear view mirror – but Uncle Sam’s still wracked by IT nightmares. App glutony’s front and center as we head to Thanksgiving – and a new MeriTalk study, the App Gap, showcases agencies’ eating disorders.

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Looking for a recipe for success this turkey day – and a heaped helping of hilarity?  Look no further than our Fed IT gourmets’ take on bad lip reading – That’s How You Cook a Bird.  Key ingredients – hint of Halvorsen, pinch of Palmer, Barloon broil, Rudnicki roast, butter goes on top. Now that’s funny… Enjoy the holiday with your family.

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Don’t go boating without a life jacket. And, don’t collect, store, or try to manage data without an Information Governance strategy.

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There’s an arms race going on like we haven’t seen since the Cold War: HP, IBM, Amazon, and Google. They’re knocking together data centers quicker than the price of cloud computing can plummet.

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Every day you shave or powder your face in the mirror, put on a smile, and head out to make the doughnuts. But, what if you could get paid for doing nothing? And not just get paid, but earn millions? That’s precisely what fraudsters are doing every day in America. And, who are the dummies […]

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2014 is a tipping point. For the first time, IT will serve more pages to phones than PCs. So, aren’t phones cloud devices? Sure we’ve wrestled with Hunger Games horrors, but most everybody’s dialed into the mobile cloud.

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Did you know that the Union Jack – made famous by the Red Coats, Reebok, and Austin Powers – is in peril? On September 18, Scotland goes to the polls to vote on independence from the “United Kingdom” – or, more accurately, England.

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I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous. If you look at what ails Fed IT, it’s not tech – you can distill it down to communications and finance.

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Not as charged as Palestine and the Ukraine, Federal cloud is nevertheless disputed territory. Released three and a half years after OMB issued the “Cloud First Policy”, a new MeriTalk study “Cloud Confusion: Is Private Cloud Holding Feds Back?” provides a sanity check on Uncle Sam’s cloud progress.

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Ever wonder about the validity of social media? What’s the moniker – trust but verify? I’ve always had my suspicions about Facebook Likes.

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You may think that 238 years ago, your ancestors sent my ancestors packing. On the 4th, I like to remind folks I’m Irish. All this independent spirit inspired MeriTalk to question the tyranny of yesterday’s IT in D.C.

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Is it me, or is it slow in Fed IT? Maybe it’s because everybody’s watching the World Cup? Worldwide viewership is four times that for the Olympics – and global productivity will drop four percent this month.

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CDM is all about numbers – $6 billion, 17 primes, legions of subcontractors, and one big question. Is the shiny new program making Uncle Sam’s cyber security safer? This’ll be a focal point of the Cyber Security Brainstorm on June 18 at the Newseum

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But he’s really got it in for data centers, applications, and cost. In a world of posturing and politics, I’d like to take a minute to salute Terry Halvorsen as he steps into Teri’s shoes as DoD IT tzar. With the challenges in DoD computing, Terry may quickly develop a bunion. We know he’s already recovering from Achilles surgery.

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While the weather’s tip top, the May 7 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on Federal IT investments would have left Bill Murray with a chill. While the Ghostbuster suffered Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, even he’d be scared by the déjà vu in D.C.

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