It’s hard to believe that, just a few years ago, most government employees could only access email from their primary desktop computers. Even those with the ability to access their enterprise e-mail accounts from other devices could only view new messages; archives were stored locally on their desktops. Now it is possible to check email from multiple locations and on multiple devices – 24 hours of the day.
Email was really just the beginning. We’ve arrived at a new technology-consumption landscape – powered by cloud, mobile and even social media – that is fundamentally changing the way we use and purchase information technology tools.
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Tags: cloud, government, IT Consumption, ITConsumption, mobile, public sector, social media
Multiple changes are on the horizon for public sector information technology managers. Over the next two years, IT organizations could be heavily impacted by these transformations, via a very distinct series of events. Government and education CIOs, program managers, and business process planners will need to keep an eye on these looming changes as they embark on long-range IT plans.
IDC Government Insights recently worked with Cisco to develop a detailed InfoBrief – as a way of highlighting these crucial issues. It’s titled Public Sector Reacts Positively to the Changes in IT Consumption.
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Tags: cloud, education, government, internet of things, IoT, IT Consumption, ITConsumption, mobility
The way information technology is being sourced and used within government and educational organizations has been changing at an increasingly rapid rate. We’re calling it the “3rd Platform” era. What does this mean? The 3rd Platform era is the era of cloud, mobility and social media. It’s driven by the ability to tap into IT solutions anywhere, anytime on any device.
Recently we have seen the rapid spread of end-user devices and new applications. Public Sector IT departments are regularly challenged to keep up with demands needed to support the new devices within this era. The change in consumption and increase in the number of new devices and applications has increased the risk of “shadow IT,” which occurs when new IT solutions are brought into the workplace without the involvement of the IT managers. Because it’s so easy for workers and managers to purchase apps or subscribe to new online solutions, “shadow IT” is a common issue at many organizations, bringing with them risks that are unknown to many outside of IT Management. Read More »
Tags: Cisco Townhall, cloud, education, government, IT Consumption, public sector
This week I had the opportunity to attend the RSA Conference in San Francisco.
The theme for the conference this year was “Share. Learn. Secure” with a focus on recent breaches, surveillance programs and DDoS attacks with:
- Hundreds of educational sessions with insights, best practices and real implementation case studies
- Live keynote speakers
- Two expos featuring hundreds of solutions including Cisco and Sourcefire booths featuring threat-centric security solutions to reduce complexity, provide visibility, continuous control, and advanced threat protection
Cisco’s Chris Young, SVP, Cisco Security Business Group, and Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, delivered the keynote “The New Model of Security” sharing our vision and strategy Intelligent Cybersecurity for the Real World.
If you did not attend RSA in person, starting March 3 you can view an on-demand webcast of the keynote.
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Tags: cybersecurity, government, Internet of Everything, Internet of Things (IoT), secure BYOD, secure cloud
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the 120th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Expo in Philadelphia.
It was an honor to attend this event and learn from experts about best practices in public safety as well as to recognize this years Winners and Finalists selected by the IACP Community Policing Committee recognized for the best community policing practices representing agencies around the world with the Community Policing Award from IACP and Cisco.
This year there were over 450 separate events, including 200 workshops covering a comprehensive array of public safety issues, best practices and solutions including sessions concerning major public safety incidents during the past year, including the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting and the Boston Marathon Bombing, that have affected each and every one of us.
Collaboration, shared services and improved communications capabilities were important themes throughout this year’s conference.
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Tags: Community Policing, government, IACP, International Association of Chiefs of Police, IoT, national security, Public Safety, theiacpblog