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Mobility

March 4, 2013 Mobility is, well, on the move. Smartphones and tablets are defining not just how people play but increasingly how they work. In January, Telework Exchange (now Mobile Work Exchange) surveyed 314 federal employees to determine how the use of mobile devices affects their work. Many respondents cited increased productivity, collaboration...

Pushing for Liftoff

March 1, 2012 Last year, when he was federal chief information officer, Vivek Kundra laid out an ambitious strategy for adopting cloud computing across government, calling on agencies to invest a quarter of all information technology spending—$20 billion—in Web-based IT operations. Considering computing services in the cloud are still relatively new and the...

Ramping Down

November 23, 2011 To meet governmentwide goals for streamlining computing operations, the Energy Department is using a novel procurement tool to whittle down its 89 data centers--federal energy savings performance contracts. It's not that these contracts are new. They have been used for everything from Air Force water conservation projects to energy-efficient lighting...

Energy turns to performance contracts to cut data centers

November 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To meet governmentwide goals for streamlining computing operations, the Energy Department is using a novel procurement tool to whittle down its 89 data centers--federal energy savings performance contracts. It's not that these contracts are new. They have been used for everything from Air Force water conservation projects to energy-efficient lighting...

Ramping Down

November 1, 2011 The Energy Department taps outside assessment of long-range IT needs to decide which data centers to close. To meet governmentwide goals for streamlining computing operations, the Energy Department is using a novel procurement tool to whittle down its 89 data centers-federal energy savings performance contracts. It's not that these contracts...

Down to a Science

June 1, 2011 From nanotech to biotech, R&D funding reaches beyond agency missions. Quick: Name a federal agency whose research could boost milk production, wean consumers off gasoline and perhaps even bring peace to the Middle East. If you guessed the Agriculture Department, you'd be right. The department's research into new technologies can...

Soft Landings

May 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Is it possible to walk on the clouds while keeping one foot on the ground? Yes, and sometimes it's preferable too. As federal agencies move ahead to fulfill President Obama's call for a broader embrace of Internet-based technology operations, some are reluctant to entrust their data and their systems to...

Soft Landings

May 1, 2011 Agencies concerned about sensitive data take incremental steps into the cloud. Is it possible to walk on the clouds while keeping one foot on the ground? Yes, and sometimes it's preferable too. As federal agencies move ahead to fulfill President Obama's call for a broader embrace of Internet-based technology operations,...

Pay As You Go

March 1, 2011 Budgeting for cloud computing services on demand is a whole new ball game. There are distinct hurdles on the path to cloud computing: adoption of new technology and migration from existing platforms, for example. One element, though, seems to be straightforward enough-licensing. Federal agencies used to buy; now they're going...

In moving to the cloud, software licensing proves a stumbling block

February 28, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kelly Martin/Nextgov There are distinct hurdles on the path to cloud computing: adoption of new technology and migration from existing platforms, for example. One element, though, seems to be straightforward enough--licensing. Federal agencies used to buy; now they're going to rent. How hard is that? "It looks like it should...

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