This weekly blog pinpoints huge happenings in the world of Federal government contracting. Check out more on our Twitter account: @RIVA_Solutions. And search our new hashtag, #FedBuzz, for daily updates and join the conversation! Want to know what happened this week? Read on!
1. Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at FOSE 2011 in Washington, D.C. He touched on everything from childhood experiments with electronics to the future of cloud computing. He briefly touched on the following topics: the role of technology in our lives, the role of the government in the technology market, motivation, innovation, and cloud computing.
2. Roger Baker, the VA chief information officer, announced that the Veterans Affairs Department will open its network to access by popular Apple iPhones and iPads this October. If most employees opt for an iPhone or iPad instead of a laptop, it could help the VA save a huge amount of money.
3. The TechAmerica Foundation has revealed a cloud computing map that delivers detailed guidance to help the federal government formally adopt cloud computing technologies and policy incentives to keep the U.S. at the forefront of this new technology. The Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2) was created with the encouragement of the administration to take cloud computing even farther.
4. As the Internet becomes a tool for international hacking criminals, cyber crime that is perpetuated by organized crime networks has become a real and forceful threat to national and international security. A report released from the National Security Council focused on the growing threat of what it calls “transnational organized crime.”
5. Northrop Grunman Corp.’s earning totaled $520 million in the second quarter of 2011. This is a rapid decline of $220 million from the $740 million reported in the second quarter of 2010, according to the company’s financial report that was released Wednesday. The company has pinned their decreases on the lack of Defense Department purchases.
6. Cloud computing is expected to create 2.4 million jobs over the next four years in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia according to Cloudtweaks.com. This prediction is a part of a report released by IT company EMC and a United Kingdom think tank. In India alone, the cloud market is expected to increase from $400 million today to $4.5 billion by 2015; that growth could create 100,000 new jobs in India.
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7. Contractors are reporting that all 17,000 General Services Administration employees are all using a professional version of Gmail, a cloud-based service. GSA is one of the first 15 agencies to move to a cloud-based e-mail, converting from IBM’s Lotus Notes software to Google Apps for Government, an online software that employees can access anytime on any device.