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. Why do feds rank cloud, agile development down on their priority list?
Serena Software interviewed 225 federal civilian and defense agency IT professionals — nearly half of them app developers — who attended a federal user conference in Washington in March about their IT priorities. Sixty-two percent ranked methodology standardization as a top priority; 57 percent said faster delivery of applications, and 49 percent cited automation of the application development process. Agile development, at 22 percent, and cloud technology, at 19 percent, were far down the list.
2. Government-specific social networks on the rise
Government information technology professionals are using more internal social media networks and fewer external networks than they were 18 months ago, according to a new survey. In addition, video and multi-media are on the rise, and blogs are falling in popularity, among the same government IT users, the study also indicated.
3. Salesforce Launches Government Cloud
Salesforce announced the launch of its Government Cloud Wednesday, a version of the company’s sales, customer service and collaboration platform for business, but tailored to the government market.
4. White House Threatens CISPA Veto
The White House says it’ll veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act if Congress approves it in its current form.
5. Technology bridges the employment gap for feds with disabilities
An interactive online portal has spawned new hope for people with disabilities exploring a career in the federal government — and for managers looking to recruit them.
6. 1 in 5 Macs infected with (Windows) malware, study finds
On the heels of recent reports about an uptick of malware for Apple Macintosh computers, a new study from security company Sophos has found that one in every five Macs is infected with malware.
7. Is strategic communications a competitive weapon?
The tone of business and government has changed. With limited resources, everyone’s forced to strategically focus on outcomes and results. Strategic communications is a “must do” and no longer a “nice to do.”
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