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Wed, November 27, 2013 - The vendor chosen in a no-bid process to build Healthcare.gov was fired from a similar project after missing deadlines and suffering security lapses for three years. Such obvious mistakes are unfortunately all too common in the private and public sector. Here are four simple ways to make sure you choose the right vendor for your IT project.
Wed, November 20, 2013 - A new survey of federal IT executives indicates strong interest in hosted application development to cut cost and improve efficiencies, though PaaS adoption currently remains weak.
Wed, November 20, 2013 - A California woman's citation for wearing Google Glass behind the wheel raises safety questions about wearing the Internet-connected headset while driving.
Tue, November 19, 2013 - Senior technology industry executives from Adobe, VMware and others diagnose the problems in troubled Healthcare.gov, citing the ambitious scope of the project and endemic flaws in broader government contracting apparatus.
Mon, November 18, 2013 - The problems that plagued the launch of Healthcare.gov -- the online data hub and insurance marketplace central to healthcare reform -- will someday fill a book. For now, developers can apply these six lessons from Healthcare.gov's very public failure to their own software projects.
Thu, November 07, 2013 - Congress looks to reduce the footprint of the government's IT infrastructure as agencies shift toward cloud computing, shared services and detailed reporting of government IT spending.
Fri, November 01, 2013 - CIO.com columnist Rob Enderle suffered a brutal beating after police broke up an illegal rave next door to his house. The rave attracted hundreds of teens who saw the party invite on Facebook. The incident left Enderle to wonder why Facebook, other social sites and even government agencies are so reluctant to use their data to prevent bad things from happening.
Thu, October 31, 2013 - Despite advances in computing power, storage and analytics technology, some challenges are still too big for big data. Here's a look at five such problems -- and what it will take to solve them.
Tue, October 29, 2013 - The federal healthcare portal may have stumbled out of the gate, but CIO Steven VanRoekel says the rollout marks an important step forward as the government seeks to digitize its operations.
Thu, October 17, 2013 - In an effort to lock down agency data and control access points, cybersecurity professionals in the federal government fail to consider the experience of end users, who say security policies are burdensome and often resort to workarounds.
Tue, October 15, 2013 - The federal government's recent launch of Healthcare.gov is a stunning example of outsourced IT gone wrong. The multi-contractor project has been riddled with issues and should serve as a reminder to any IT outsourcing customer regarding steps to take to ensure a smooth rollout.
Thu, October 03, 2013 - Amid a White House directive to scale back underused data centers, an effort that will take years to complete, federal CIOs begin to tackle the challenges involved. Among those challenges are incomplete inventories and cost concerns.
Wed, October 02, 2013 - A projected shortage of qualified data scientists could leave U.S. businesses unable to tap the value of big data. To help meet that demand, the University of California at Berkeley has developed a master's degree program to train new data scientists.
Fri, September 27, 2013 - Government IT leaders envision open, machine-readable data sets from across departments and agencies offering a testbed for innovative new applications and services the feds would never create on their own.