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Category: IT Modernization


Focus on Your Mission By Leaving Device Management to As-a-Service Offerings

IT procurement models are rapidly evolving to meet today’s changing technology needs. To keep ahead of tech trends, agencies are moving away from more permanent IT investments. This is where the growing trend of as-a-service offerings comes into play. Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) brings together a fleet of any type of device and a set of services […]

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Tami Beach

June 28, 2017

Cyber Security  •  IT Modernization  •  Managed Services

Data Analytics of the Future Starts in the Present

Data analytics continues to surprise people with its emergent capabilities ranging from predicting how a disease, such as Ebola, will spread, to identifying the most beneficial way to market a product. In the private and public sector, big data benefits continue to expand as its applications are further developed and implemented. The uses of data […]

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Brent White

The Cyber Security Executive Order: How to Make White House Goals a Reality

The White House recently signed the long-awaited cyber security executive order (EO), emphasizing the importance the administration is putting on managing cyber risk across government. This EO is a step in the right direction as it places a level of accountability on federal agencies to protect critical data through IT modernization, better cyber hygiene and […]

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Rob Chee

June 5, 2017

Cloud  •  Cyber Security  •  IT Modernization  •  Networking

Hyperconverged Infrastructure: The Data Center Optimization Solution Government Agencies Can No Longer Ignore

Once upon a time, managing applications was a fairly straight forward process.  In that simpler world, IT staff delivered applications utilizing dedicated file servers consisting of compute, memory and storage. This nostalgic data center environment was easy to manage and maintain. As time went on, however, the application infrastructure became virtualized, storage shared, and the […]

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Gary DePreta

Inauguration 2017: How Can Agencies Meet Administration Expectations?

Today, January 20, 2017, President Donald Trump officially takes office. While federal experts have been speculating for months around priorities of the new administration, we will soon find out what is top of mind. Above all else, government cyber security has proven itself a clear front-runner in 2016 discussions, and will need to remain so […]

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Jim Smid

January 20, 2017

Cloud  •  Cyber Security  •  IT Modernization

PODCAST: Looking Back at 2016: Top Trends from IT Modernization to Big Data

As the year comes to a close, we thought we’d sit down with Jim Smid, Chief Technology Officer at Iron Bow Technologies, to take a look back and get his perspective on some of the biggest IT trends from 2016. IT modernization and big data were both huge priorities across the federal IT sector. According […]

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TechSource Editor

November 29, 2016

Big Data & Analytics  •  Data Center  •  IT Modernization

Federal Agencies Embrace IT Modernization for Greater Agility

Moving federal IT systems into the 21st century allows federal agencies to embrace the benefits of flexible and agile IT including cost effectiveness and efficiencies. These are just a few of the drivers behind the push towards IT modernization, which is gaining the attention of Congress. In fact, the House recently voted unanimously for a […]

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TechSource Editor

September 28, 2016

Cloud  •  Cyber Security  •  IT Modernization  •  Mobility + End User Devices  •  Wireless

Say Goodbye to Legacy Systems, An Upgrade is Coming

Recently, Federal CIO Tony Scott told an audience at the 2016 Brocade Federal Forum that agencies need to shift away from maintaining old, legacy systems and focus on modernizing IT systems for greater flexibility and agility. According to Scott, 80 percent of its $80B annual budget is spent on old systems. He has proposed $3.1B […]

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TechSource Editor

September 21, 2016

IT Modernization

IT Modernization: Building Blocks for a Future-Ready Workforce

This month on TechSource we focused on IT modernization and the impact on helping federal agencies create more flexible, agile environments to meet their mission. We recently asked out partners for their thoughts on agencies that are seeking to take the leap and move along with the ever-changing nature of information technology. Steve Harris, VP […]

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TechSource Editor

September 19, 2016

IT Modernization

The DoD Business Case for IT Modernization

Recently the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) unveiled an IT modernization road map with the goal of managing rapidly changing environments and building in greater security. The plan, as laid out by DoD CIO Terry Halverson, outlines a vision for a department-wide operation system, data center consolidation, migration to the cloud and more. According to […]

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TechSource Editor

September 14, 2016

IT Modernization  •  ITES-3H

Out With Systems Integration, In With Managed Services: Simplifying Complexity For Government IT

Simplifying IT complexity is the challenge that most government IT contractors are facing today. With new technologies emerging in the market every day, the old way of consuming IT isn’t in line with most federal agencies’ missions to be innovative and agile. Making sense of the customer’s mission and the IT requirements needed to align […]

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Jim Smid

June 21, 2016

IT Modernization  •  Managed Services

Federal IT Spending: Pulling Out of the Death Spiral

The Federal government spends close to $100 billion each year on Information Technology (IT). That’s a lot more than the $80 billion figure that shows up in the President’s annual budget and reports from Deltek and others. The latter number only shows spending from the 24 so-called Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act agencies. It does […]

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Alan P. Balutis

September 24, 2015

IT Modernization

PODCAST: Creating a Scalable IT Blueprint for Success at Federal Agencies

You wouldn’t build a house without a blueprint, so you shouldn’t start an IT overhaul, upgrade or change without one either. As we discuss getting back to basics and preparing to invest on TechSource, we’ve talked with our experts on creating an IT blueprint. Organizations must first understand their priorities and, in tandem, how employees […]

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TechSource Editor

September 10, 2015

IT Modernization