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Fall 2012

Features
To BYOD or Not to BYOD
How agencies are dealing with users’ demands to bring personal devices onto federal networks.
The Power to Inspire
By running video conferences nationally and worldwide, federal agencies are educating park rangers, history teachers and military personnel.
Scaling Mountains of Data
Data growth is going nowhere but up, and agencies must find a way to keep up.
Privacy, Please
As agencies move systems to meet the federal “cloud first” mandate, most employ a private-cloud model.
Departments
Brief Byte: Keeping It Real
Authentication takes center stage at the Government Printing Office.
Product Review: Meeting the Demands of Big Data
The latest version of the SQL Server platform emerges as a workhorse for agencies that want to make use of the cloud.
Product Review: Lightweight Tablet, Heavy on Features
Toshiba builds on the success of its Thrive tablet with the lightweight Excite 10 LE.
Tech Tips: Defending Against Botnets
Follow these three tips to protect your agency’s systems from becoming part of a malicious network.
Tech Tips: Minding Your I’s and O’s
Follow these suggestions to smooth out storage for a VDI deployment.
Tech Watch: Cumulus Benefits
Feature-rich collaboration tools are now available through the cloud.
Tech Trends: A Healthy Dose of Understanding
Software improves the efficiency and quality of care.
FedTech Interview: Searching for Savings
Commerce Department CIO finds ways to reduce costs while addressing major IT challenges.
Best Practices: A Blueprint for the Future
The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board makes use of many different flavors of cloud computing.
Best Practices: Getting a Handle on Big Data
Agencies must determine how best to deal with the explosion of data they create and use
The Business of IT: Surviving Budget Chaos
Consider these strategies to deal with the looming cuts in federal IT spending.
Opinion
From the Editor: Government from Anywhere
IT lets the government move along with its workers.
Contributor Column: The Effect of Uncertainty
The tight-budget era is affecting corporations and consumers alike.
Contributor Column: Avoiding a Slow IT Death
The Veterans Affairs Department has improved the success rate of its IT projects by using short, tight delivery timelines.
Contributor Column: Engineering Mobility for the Future
Open standards and device independence are essential to a flexible future.
Real-World IT: The Need for IT Superiority
Federal users don’t just want an information advantage; they need it.