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Federal CIO Launches 'TechStat'

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MORE NEWS: Global CIO: General Motors Ex-CIO Predicts Return To Growth

ANALYTIC REPORT: Telepresence: Living Like The Jetsons

WHITEPAPER: Retooling IT For A Mobile Workforce

BLOG: Changing Backup's Image

WEBCAST: Conquering the Challenges of Virtualization Management

RESOURCES: 2010 InformationWeek Government IT Innovators

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 Friday, February 12, 2010 




Our first ever Government Digital issue at how federal agencies are meeting the President's requirements of the transparency and open government initiative. Also: we talk to federal agency IT leaders about how they're opening databases and using Web 2.0 tools as part of that government-wide effort, while navigating the challenges that stand in the way.

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Federal CIO Launches 'TechStat'

Vivek Kundra aims to identify federal IT projects that are over budget, behind schedule, or underperforming.


A Federal Mandate To Open Up

Open Government Dashboard, Agency Sites Launched

VA Launches IT Dashboard

Congress: Federal CTO Role Ill-Defined


Global CIO: General Motors Ex-CIO Predicts Return To Growth

Can IT teams kick it out of cost-cutting mode?

Mac Office 2011 Unveiled

Newest Apple version of Microsoft's classic desktop suite includes collaboration tools, .PST file support, and Outlook.

Google Buys Aardvark

With its first acquisition of 2010, Google is showing that it's serious about social networking.

JDSU To Acquire Agilent Testing Unit

The Agilent network solutions unit offers testing and measurement capabilities for LTE, WiMax, Bluetooth, and 3G/4G wireless technologies.

AOL, Facebook Integrate Instant Messaging

The AIM instant messaging service has leveraged Facebook's Chat application programming interface, enabling users to chat across environments.

White House's Sci-Tech Office Gets Web Update

The Office of Science and Technology Policy's Web site has been revamped, and it's now integrated with the site.

Sony To Offer Blu-ray 3D

A firmware update for several of Sony's Blu-ray players and home theater systems will be released this summer, in time for pairing with the company's 3-D televisions.

"We started out like Romeo and Juliet, but it ended up in tragedy."
-- Milhouse Van Houten 

Tableau Aims To Socialcast Data Visualization

Collaborators may illustrate and share data via social networking tools, by posting data to the software company's Web site.

Sprint Nextel Pins Hopes On WiMax

The company continued to lose revenue and subscribers in the fourth quarter, but believes its growing 4G network will help turn it around.



Telepresence: Living Like The Jetsons

Telepresence is turning video communications into a near in-person experience. For a price, it's the next best thing to being there. This report identifies best practices for selecting and implementing telepresence systems and examines bandwidth, interoperability and other problems that can trip you up.

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Why 802.11n Will Revolutionize Connectivity

We analyzed responses from the 779 business technology professionals from a wide array of industries who participated in our WLAN survey. Our top goals: Discover if, and when, evolving wireless networks might replace wired connectivity for most employees; examine preferences in architecture approaches; explore issues relating to WLAN regulatory compliance and security; and determine whether final ratification of 802.11n has influenced enterprise IT's wireless plans.

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Retooling IT For A Mobile Workforce

As the workforce becomes increasingly mobile; IT needs to consider automated tools that provide proactive monitoring and desktop management and ensure compliance with IT policies. Not only is user productivity at stake, but organizations have to deal with IT governance, regulatory compliance, and security issues. Check out this research note from IDC for tips on managing far-flung employees and devices.
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The ROI of Data Deduplication

Deduplication storage is quickly becoming the standard for disk-based backup and nearline storage use in enterprise data centers across many industries. This paper examines and quantifies the costs and benefits of backup with deduplication.
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Featured BloggerChanging Backup's Image

Posted by George Crump

Vizioncore recently introduced their Backup 2.0 concept, which is based on the value of image-based backups. It's not a new concept: NetApp, Symantec, Syncsort, and others also have offerings in this space. Thanks to the wide acceptance of disk as a backup repository and server virtualization, the time has come to consider the value of only backing up server images.


Motorola Says No Android 2.1 Update For Droid

Posted by Eric Zeman

Earlier this week, Motorola's official Facebook page appeared to confirm that the company was planning to push Android 2.1 out to the Droid as early as this week. Turns out Motorola's Facebook staff was a bit premature.

Palm Responds To Production Halt Report

Posted By Eric Zeman

According to a report coming out of Taiwan, Palm ceased manufacturing all of the handsets it currently sells, including the Pre and Pixi (Sprint) and Pre Plus and Pixi Plus (Verizon). Palm has officially responded to the report and set the record straight.

Acquisition To Help Skyfire Deliver Android Browser

Posted By Eric Zeman

Today Skyfire -- maker of feature-rich browsers for Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile devices -- announced that it has acquired kolbysoft for an undisclosed sum. The deal means Skyfire will be able to bring a Flash and Silverlight-toting browser to the Android platform.

Google Brings Chrome Extensions, Bookmark Sync To Macs

Posted By Eric Zeman

Today Google announced via a blog post that it has enabled extensions support in the latest beta of its Chrome browser for Apple's OS X. Users can expect their browsers to update in the next day or so.

HP Unveils Huge Data Center Cooled By Wind

Posted By Bob Evans

The latest addition to the exotic new-wave data centers we wrote about recently'including an ice-cooled former NATO command center in Iceland and a new tourist attraction at Disney World'is Hewlett-Packard's 360,000-square-foot UK facility cooled by the bracing winds from the nearby North Sea.


Conquering the Challenges of Virtualization Management

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Pipelines burst, government officials resign, blackouts darken hospitals, or a supply chain comes to a screeching halt. When these events occur, organizations require the tools to instantly notify employees and organizational stakeholders about situational status and what action individuals need to take.

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2010 InformationWeek Government IT Innovators

For the past 21 years, InformationWeek has honored the country's most technologically innovative companies with its prestigious InformationWeek 500 ranking. Now in its second year, InformationWeek's 2010 Government IT Innovators program will shine a spotlight on some of the most innovative government IT organizations -- at the federal, state, and local levels. Nominate your agency by submitting an essay on your most innovative IT initiative completed within the past 12 months.

The deadline for submitting nominations is April 30, 2010

Image Gallery of the Week 

Image Gallery: Apple's Patent Applications For Tablet Technology

Apple has been quietly applying for patents related to multi-touch inputs, swipe gestures, and methods for thwarting radio-frequency interference on touchscreen devices such as iPhones and tablet PCs.


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Nominate your company for the 2010 InformationWeek 500 -- our 22nd annual ranking of the nation's very best business technology innovators. Deadline is April 30. Organizations with $250 million or more in revenue may apply now.

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