February flew by with more snow and ice in our nation’s capital, Valentine’s Day celebrations, and of course more content from NetApp’s thought leaders in the public sector space. Although the groundhog saw his shadow, we are still staying optimistic about warmer weather and hot trends like the Data Fabric and body cameras to heat up 2015. Read the February edition of NetApp U.S. Public Sector in the News!
Can you move from buzz to revenue?- Federal Times
If one reflects upon technology adoption by government agencies, a pattern emerges whereby conversational volume (i.e. – buzz) around hot, emerging technologies often precedes tangible use cases.
Cloud computing, big data and bring your own device dominated rhetoric in the public sector well before strong demand existed for related products and services. This is not surprising, nor is it different from what occurs in the private sector, but the hype nonetheless can obscure the true impact these technologies have on agency efficiency, productivity, and cost savings.
2014 witnessed the emergence of numerous buzz technologies and processes, but four in particular have the potential to evolve from concept and early-stage usage to more widespread adoption if government contractors and federal IT providers can effectively communicate the benefits these technologies can deliver.
The Data Fabric Strategy- MeriTalk
Despite OMB's Cloud First policy, FedRAMP, and other Federal initiatives, 89 percent of government IT pros still feel some apprehension about migrating workloads to the cloud. Although the benefits of cloud are clear, concerns about data stewardship and management are slowing agencies' cloud progress.
How can Feds manage data in a multi-cloud, multi-vendor environment? What can be done to reduce fear and retain control of agency data so it's consistently managed no matter where it moves?
Arresting the storage challenges of body cameras- GCN
President Obama has requested $75 million over three years to fund the purchase of body cameras for police officers in his recent budget – with an objective to make the use of body cameras a core part of day-to-day law enforcement operations.
While the legislative outcome will no doubt remain a matter of debate, body cameras are gaining favor due to studies indicating that wearing cameras are associated with dramatic reductions in use-of-force and complaints against officers.