A major software application vendor is doing away with DVDs and the boxed sets its software come in. Instead, customers will download everything from the Internet. Adobe is also changing its licensing model, moving closer to the software-as-a-service, cloud model. Customers will license products by the month per user, instead of buying a perpetual license.
Government has more data than it knows what to do with. But data is like a wheat crop without a threshing machine to separate out the chaff. Analytics is the equivalent of the thresher for data. Homeland Security, through U.S. CERT, collects a lot of data. Chris Smith, director of Enterprise Architecture and Service Engagement at SAS Federal, describes how the department can coax usable information out of all the data it collects.
It’s the third day of Congressional hearings examining why the IRS targeted conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. IRS officials who already testified insisted employees were not acting out of partisanship. Today’s star witness is staying mum. Division leader Lois Lerner has decided to plead the Fifth.
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The FedRAMP cloud cybersecurity process is building steam toward full operational capability later this year. The program achieved a major milestone with the first agency-approved cloud service. The Department of Health and Human Services determined Amazon Web Services met the security controls under FedRAMP and granted them the authority to operate on its networks. Teresa Carlson, Amazon’s vice president of the worldwide public sector division, and Dave McClure, the General Services Administration’s associate administrator in the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, sat down with Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller at the Management of Change Conference in Cambridge, Md., to discuss what Amazon’s approval means for the government.
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