How USAID is Putting Open Data to Work Using Mobile Apps
With international aid organizations creating terabytes of data each day about the projects they administer and the communities they serve, USAID has started to look for ways that they can put this data to work to improve program delivery and outcomes. Vivian Ranson, who works within USAID’s Global Development Lab, shared how the agency is empowering frontline aid workers to become data collectors and use mobile apps to centralize data collection. The next challenge according to Ranson is how to ensure interoperability. You can learn more here.
ATARC-MITRE White Paper Covers the Essentials of Mission-Critical Mobility
You know that feeling when you’ve come back from a seminar energized and full of new ideas to explore only to find that your handwriting is less legible than you thought? For those of you who attended the ATARC Federal Mobile Computing Summit in April, help is at hand in the form of a comprehensive white paper based on the event. With synopses of the sessions – including devops, using mobile solutions improve services for citizen, and how to ensure the security of mobile platforms – the white paper is an invaluable resource. You can download a copy here.
Department of Homeland Security Pursues Mobile Device Security for Federal Employees
With no doubt about the need for agencies and federal employees to embrace mobility, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking for ways to enhance security for those on the go. The DHS is seeking input from experts in the field on security issues not just for smartphones and tablets but related to “mobile apps; operating systems, embedded mobile components…wireless networks, and enterprise mobile services and infrastructure. While the DHS is just starting research and information gathering, this bodes well for enhanced mobility offerings for agencies across the board. Interested in learning more about the RFI, which closes on August 22nd, 2016? You can find more information here.
From Data Center Consolidation to Data Center Optimization
With all the data being generated by mobile devices and apps, agencies will need more data center space than ever before. Despite the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, which kicked off in 2010, the number of data centers operated by federal agencies has increased from 3,100 to 7,500, despite some agencies making great strides in consolidation. Acknowledging that agencies have struggled to meet FDCCI requirements, federal CIO, Tony Scott, has pivoted from consolidation to optimization in a new initiative launched on August 1st, 2016. While the overarching goal remains to reduce the overall footprint of the federal data storage infrastructure, the Federal Data Center Optimization Initiative offers multiple pathways to success. Tony Scott wrote a detailed post about it on the White House blog.