By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist
As economic confusion roils the world, it’s disconcerting that no one seems to know which path to take to solve the problem.
Governments in economic turmoil, such as those in Greece and Italy, consider austerity. Other governments, such as the United States, consider even more spending.
I would argue for a different mindset, one that favors the concept of investing instead of spending. Certainly government must address present concerns, but it’s even more important that it lays the foundation to help its citizens prepare for and thrive in the future. (Would World War II have lasted as long, if the United States had been less isolationist during the preceding years?)
Rather than budgeting money for jobs, I’d prefer to see government budget money for infrastructure that will establish a foundation for the ongoing creation of new jobs.
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Tags: broadband, economic development, government, infrastructure, investment
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Tags: collaboration, Flexible Working, government, grid lock, mobility, telework, workforce mobility
A Republican task force recently released a limited set of near-term recommendations for cybersecurity legislation that emphasized voluntary standards instead of regulation. Interesting. Several words jump out at me in that sentence. “Voluntary standards”, “near-term”, “not regulated”. I paraphrase.
Seems to me that something as important as a task force that was put together should be working on an overall strategy to address cybersecurity rather than trying to patch holes in the dike. Read More »
Tags: cybersecurity, DHS, FISMA, government, legislation, private sector, security, vulnerabilities, White House Cyber Plan
Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Organizations are increasingly adopting BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies. Businesses and governments are changing how they work. In a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, “Employees Alone Together, ” the author features organizations that are growing because of their alternative work arrangements. Technology is allowing these organizations to innovate in ways previously never envisioned. They are creating communities of interest virtually, celebrating success and planning for tomorrow -- without requiring employees to work longer hours.
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Tags: cloud, collaboration, Flexible Working, government, grid lock, telework, workforce mobility
Organizations planning a move to the cloud should consider which cloud model is right for their business and objectives. This consideration extends beyond just public and private cloud models. The journey to cloud is focused on building or evolving the network platform to enable automation and unleash IT. Regardless of cloud approach or business goals—cost reduction, growth, agility—it’s the first and most important step.
At Cisco we’ve learned from our own cloud journey. We learned that the network is the lynchpin and enabler of adaptable IT service delivery. This guiding principle has enabled us to provide dynamic and reliable products and solutions to help our customers seize innovation, accelerate business and drive outcomes; all through the cloud.
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Tags: Cisco_Cloud_Strategy, cloud, cloud_computing, government, IT, private cloud, Public Cloud, public sector