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Stories by Kenneth Corbin

Department of Labor Doing IT Consolidation, Centralization Amid Tight Budget

By Kenneth Corbin | 28 August, 2014 23:26

Dawn Leaf spends a lot of time thinking about consolidation. The deputy CIO at the Department of Labor, described a series of ongoing efforts at her organization to consolidate and standardize the IT operations in place at an array of agencies across the department during an appearance on Federal News Radio and an online question-and-answer session.

5 Ways Federal CIOs Plan to Improve Security Monitoring

By Kenneth Corbin | 26 August, 2014 23:19

As the federal government gradually moves to an always-on, cloud-centric IT operation, senior technology officials work to ensure that agencies' security posture can keep pace.

Government CIOs Urged to Hire IT Workers With Soft Skills

By Kenneth Corbin | 21 August, 2014 23:36

Federal CIOs, facing pressure to improve services amid flat or declining budgets, need to rethink their hiring strategies and bring on employees with more diverse experience and skill sets that reach beyond mere technical expertise.

Brocade Pitches Open Networking to Cash-Strapped Feds

By Kenneth Corbin | 18 August, 2014 23:45

WASHINGTON -- If storage and compute power can be purchased on a usage-based pricing model, like a utility, then why can't networking follow the same path? Moreover, why shouldn't that network run on an open architecture that fosters competition among multiple service providers?

Department of Transportation CIO Leading a Turnaround Mission

By Kenneth Corbin | 15 August, 2014 23:51

When Richard McKinney took over at the CIO of the Department of Transportation last May, the IT department was a mess.

Federal CIOs Lean on Virtualization, Shared Services to Trim Data Centers

By Kenneth Corbin | 11 August, 2014 23:18

Viewing the data center as the focal point of an ambitious set of technology initiatives, federal CIOs are working aggressively to slash server counts and consolidate facilities as they position their agencies to adopt cloud applications, roll out mobile technologies and support big data projects.

The Internet of Things brings far-reaching security threats

By Kenneth Corbin | 08 August, 2014 22:53

Security pros routinely cite poor cyber hygiene as one of their top concerns. But if they're lying awake at night worried about lazy passwords and software updates going ignored, just think of the headaches that will come once thermostats, pacemakers and just about everything else comes online.

'Provider Sprawl' Complicates Government Move to Cloud

By Kenneth Corbin | 04 August, 2014 23:05

In spite of a nearly four-year-old mandate to prioritize cloud computing technologies within the federal government, that transition has been slow to take shape, with officials continuing to express concerns about how to manage cloud deployments and uncertainty about navigating the maze of commercial providers.

Security, Budgets Slow Mobility in Government

By Kenneth Corbin | 02 August, 2014 00:22

Even as the federal government warms to some of the benefits of mobile technologies in the workplace, movement has been slower at the state and local levels, where officials say security concerns and budget constraints, among other factors, keep them on the sidelines.

EHR Failure Partly to Blame for VA Troubles

By Kenneth Corbin | 23 July, 2014 23:09

The troubles at the Department of Veterans Affairs are in part the result of the failure to set up a system of electronic health records (EHR), former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday.

Microsoft CEO Lays Out Vision of Cloud Convergence

By Kenneth Corbin | 18 July, 2014 00:48

Satya Nadella is talking a lot about convergence these days.

Microsoft Urges Partners to Court Public-Sector Customers

By Kenneth Corbin | 17 July, 2014 04:06

WASHINGTON -- As thousands of its global partners descend on the nation's capital, Microsoft is urging its systems integrators, OEMs and other members of its sprawling ecosystem to consider business opportunities with public-sector organizations.

How Cloud Vendors Can Win Over Skeptical Federal Buyers

By Kenneth Corbin | 14 July, 2014 23:12

Cloud companies looking to do business with the federal government can help their cause if they address a punch list of concerns that weigh on the minds of many agency CIOs and executives, senior government leaders say.

Government Cloud Use Requires a Culture Shift

By Kenneth Corbin | 12 July, 2014 01:14

If the government is to realize its goal of running an agile, largely cloud-based technology operation, it will require buy-in from all corners of the agency, senior technology executives said at a government IT conference on Wednesday.

Amazon Web Services Sharpens Focus on Public Sector

By Kenneth Corbin | 27 June, 2014 03:47

Hardly content to rest on its laurels, Amazon is adding clients in the government, education and nonprofit sectors, vying for public-sector contracts and looking to build its apps marketplace into a research and development hub.