The cloud’s ability to accelerate technology adoption can lead to big advantages, so it’s well worth it to start the transformation. In a case study of the SEC and a number of for-profit firms, we’ve identified five imperatives for preparing for the cloud.
While overall cloud spending will accelerate, federal agencies in the near-term will continue to leverage different cloud types (private, hybrid, public) based on their specific agency needs and concerns. The leading category of government cloud service is private, but public clouds and hybrid clouds continue to gain traction. As a result, many federal agencies will be employing a multi-cloud architecture.
As government agencies sit at roughly the midway point in their march to meeting the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) target to consolidate at least 1,200 data centers by 2015, there is evidence of tangible results and a recognition that significant challenges lie ahead.
The challenge for government agencies is to simultaneously support and encourage BYOD for the convenience and productivity benefits it delivers, while also putting in place effective policies and procedures that prevent data leakage and mitigate operational costs that come along with mobile device management.
Today, many government agencies – civilian and defense – find themselves in a technology quandary: the volume of data that must be stored is growing rapidly, while shrinking budgets are limiting capital expenditures (i.e. – servers, storage devices, etc.) required to store all of this data.
Have you ever plugged a sentence into a machine translation software and received a result that was so bad it blew your mind? Granted, there is no such thing as a perfect translation, and there’s a good reason for that. By its very nature, translation is a subjective activity. Language is fluid and open for interpretation. But we can take measures to get as many translations as accurate as possible.
Speech recognition, executed without mistakes, is the Holy Grail of translation. If we could talk into our smartphones and have vocalized a flawless translation into any language of our choosing, be it Pashtun or Portuguese, the language barrier would no longer exist. But like the Babel Fish in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” perfect translation is still a thing of fiction.
Counterfeit components pose a growing problem in the electronics supply chain -- the same supply chain that brings us everything from our personal phones and tablets, to workplace computers, to crucial military electronic equipment used in combat situations or to fly commercial jets. These fraudulent parts can not only cause significant inconveniences when your equipment fails, but also lead to very costly recalls for companies, and even jeopardize lives. Conservative reports identify well over 100 incidents of counterfeit components per month.
After Congress and the White House close the gap between the Democratic and Republican approaches to the “fiscal cliff”, there is another gap that they need to bridge: the gap between how the worlds of technology and government approach the future.
There’s a data revolution afoot, and both business and government are in the thick of it. In corporate IT, hardly a day goes by where you don’t hear about analytics. For the first time ever, executives can make decisions based on trends that are backed up by millions of data sources. Analytics take the guesswork out of business, and that’s a big deal.