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Mobile device adoption is in the double digits and rapidly invading government. We'll be talking about it at the AFCEA Bethesda Chapter Mobility Technology Symposium on August 8th in Washington.

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More procurement centralization

By Massimiliano Claps

The UK government recently announced the creation of a corporate-style Crown Commercial Service to make further savings out of the £45bn of goods and services it buys annually. Much of the discussion has been on whether this is a continuation of the work done by the Office of Government Commerce and the Government Procurement Service, or whether this is a brand new idea. But it is more important to focus on what CCS should do to be successful

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In a mobile world consumers and citizens are one in the same. Likewise, to consumers, government is no different than a commercial enterprise if they want and expect a service and/or information provided on a mobile device. It has to be smart. Government needs to recognize these truths and deploy strategies to embrace them or it runs the risk of becoming less relevant.

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When it comes to understanding the Defense Department's information technology spending patterns, there are two key ways to examine the data. The first is to look at who is receiving the money (those vendors who sell hardware, software, IT services and business or management services). The second is to look at where that money is coming from (key contract areas, by service).

We've collected a great deal of data in recent weeks to help us understand these two distinctive ways of looking at the DoD. Thousands of different contract awards are made each year by the military. We have aggregated the total awards for Fiscal Year 2013, and have created a series of extensive lists of top IT contractors. These lists offer not only a total spending number across all of DoD, they also offer a breakout by individual services (Army, Navy, Air Force etc.).

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A Good Time to Focus on IT at OPM

By Adelaide OBrien

Katherine Archuleta, the President's nominee to lead the Office of Personnel Management, has expressed a focus on IT, new IT leadership, leveraging agency deep domain expertise, as well as seeking advice from experts from government and the private sector. This is a great recipe for effecting change at this agency, bringing velocity to the slowed momentum of retirement claims processing, and stepping up to the new challenge of administering multiple state health plans as a result of the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

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The U.S. Federal Government is ramping up its spending on cloud-based solutions. But it's doing so at a rate which significantly lags behind other industries. The average 5-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for all other industries is over 40% (2011 to 2016). But for the federal government, the CAGR for that same time period is roughly 31%.
Total federal cloud spending will reach $2.1 billion in fiscal year 2014, growing to nearly $9.1 billion by 2017. As to how that increase will unfold, we expect to see a significant lag between FY2013 and FY2014. Spending will basically flat-line and even dip slightly during this period. The big growth will come in FY2015 and beyond.

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How The Internet of Things Could Kill 311 Systems

By Ruthbea Yesner Clarke – 4 Comments

Recently, Massimiliano Claps and I wrote a short piece on how the Internet of Things (IoT) could influence 311 systems in the future. Here is a summary of this piece, which was purposefully provocative and designed to get all of us thinking about the profound ICT-driven revolution underway and its impact on current city investments.

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