Profile of J. Nicholas HooverSenior Editor, InformationWeek Government
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Articles by J. Nicholas Hoover
posted in May 2009
Names that have been bandied about include acting White House cybersecurity chief Melissa Hathaway and Microsoft VP Scott Charney.
The National Archives is trying to navigate complex regulations that require capturing and storing all sorts of content in the age of social media, cloud computing, and seemingly endless storage.
In a nod to openness and citizen participation in government, the Obama administration also will open White House blogs to public comments.
Defense Intelligence Agency seeks IT services including CRM, cybersecurity, data center administration, disaster recovery, and software development.
Report to OMB outlines the creation of a chief privacy officer role and chief privacy officers at every federal agency that already has a CFO.
With transparency the new government buzzword, the Smithsonian Institution is working hard to figure out how it should make itself and its collection more accessible online, and wants the public to give it an additional push.
The federal agency can't locate 20% of its computers and, because it has no encryption requirements, the missing PCs could be vulnerable to data theft or loss.
Slow and inefficient Internet links, security concerns, and architectural problems in terms of processing are top of mind for one expert panel.
It took them long enough, but HP is finally really gunning for Cisco as a networking vendor. That ambitious tack is on full display here at Interop, from copious keynotes to a huge exhibitor booth.
Big Blue is following Rackable, HP, and Sun, which have begun to sell shipping containers already preloaded with servers, networking, and other data center equipment.
DISA CIO John Garing reveals much about how his team coordinates procurement, collaboration, and cloud computing within the often competing military branches.
More than 5,000 employees last year told Deloitte's IT that they no longer access e-mail on their notebooks, but only on their smartphones, fueling Jerome Oglesby's theory.
The afternoon keynotes at Interop saw IBM, HP and SAP giving their visions of cloud computing. While the companies had a number of real deliverables to talk about, the keynotes also showed that vendors continue to confound and confuse with their various conflicting definitions.
Execs point to future systems powered by SAP Business Suite and Business Objects along with SAP's CRM On-Demand and Business ByDesign.
This morning, HP announced that it would soon begin selling IP desk phones, a potentially lucrative way to inch up competition with Cisco in networking and communication. However, it's already uncertain just how much HP really cares about phones.
Fledgling Office plug-in attempts to bring the best of Microsoft Office together with the best of Google Apps.
The Kasumigaseki Cloud is part of a larger government project that's expected to create 300,000 to 400,000 new jobs within three years.
The GSA's request about "infrastructure as a service" includes 45 questions that may already eliminate some vendors.
Included in that funding would be support for first responder technology and an increase of $6.6 million for cybersecurity research.
Late last month, new federal CIO Vivek Kundra told Congress that current cookie restrictions were holding the government back from adopting social media.
A whopping 89% told survey researchers that their agencies don't have formal printing policies to cut back on printing.
Expert demos at Las Vegas conference will showcase why the cloud is relevant to the enterprise, May 17-21.
Major government-wide IT initiatives planned include cloud computing, collaboration, and government transparency.
Early adopters like Intel already are hammering away at the new Microsoft operating system, testing it for its strengths and weaknesses.
Despite up-front costs, the White House expects that rolling out government-wide common IT services will pay off in the long run.
Virtualization improvements are among the key new features in the release candidate as Microsoft plans a SQL Server test version soon, as well.
Early test versions of the operating system have been getting generally positive reviews.
The Department of Defense would see a number of increases for IT spending, but some tech-heavy programs such as a battlefield network effort are marked for cuts.
Ohio, which already uses Cognos business intelligence tools, will add a Teradata data warehouse and additional data mining tools to its tax collection arsenal.
The Open Government Data Initiative aims to help government agencies host public data on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform.
Microsoft hopes to double the number of free tests during the Release Candidate phase because it doesn't want to repeat the same mistakes it made with Windows Vista.
Its new mainframe strategy, marked by the release of Mainframe Software Manager, will be a multiyear process.
Windows Azure is expected to pit Microsoft against competitors like Google and Amazon.
The site of the former docks of the East India Co. is expected to help the neighborhood save enough energy to boil 3,000 kettles of water continuously all year long.
Fed CIO Vivek Kundra pledges better and timelier details on the health of federal IT projects in as close to real time as possible.