Grid Modernization Dollars are Coming: What it Means for IT Vendors?

The U.S. electric grid is critical infrastructure consisting of an ecosystem of communities, stakeholders, governments and economies. Most of the grid infrastructure was built decades ago and is unreliable. Bad actors know it. In 2015, Russian hackers carried out the first successful cyberattack on the nation's electricity grid, which was just one of an ongoing series of security breaches and attacks on US infrastructure and utilities.

Why Government CIOs Need to Rethink Their Tech Procurement Strategy

As government agencies and organizations look to modernize their technology stacks to keep up with changes in the workforce, aging solutions, and closing contracts, they’ll all set out with a similar process: submit an RFP, review submissions, and choose a vendor. Seems simple enough.

But what government CIOs often don’t realize is that requiring proven, specific use cases may be limiting what their new (and likely expensive) technology investment can do for their organization. Here’s what I mean.

The Government Has a Low-Tech Image Problem. Low-Code Can Fix It, Part 2

You can spend hours scrolling down the rabbit hole of government IT horror stories, which makes the recent launch of the federal website for ordering free COVID tests that much more remarkable. The website worked, and it was surprisingly easy to use. But that success belies decades of underinvestment in digital transformation that has stifled public sector innovation and hardened the government's low-tech image. For example:

FY23 SLED Outlook: Top Trends and Drivers for the New State, Local and Education Fiscal Year

The 2022 fiscal year-end is drawing near for 46 states, which means the time to leverage last-minute opportunities is coming to an end as state, local and education (SLED) organizations set their sights on next year’s budget and priorities. With FY23 just around the corner, SLED organizations will start executing on budget plans and drafting request for proposals (RFPs).

Strike While the Iron Is Hot: Positioning Yourself Ahead of State Fiscal Year 2022/2023

If you have been looking for the right time to sell your technology product or service to the state, local and education (SLED) market, now is the time to act. With thirty-six states beginning their fiscal year on July 1st, now is the time to position yourself to take advantage of a confluence of once-in-a-lifetime conditions that have left the SLED market booming with opportunity. Here are some of the factors driving that opportunity:

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Technically News - 7/8

This week in Technically News: Google Adds BYOD Management Tools for Android; 4 Government Programs that Drive Innovation; CIA, NSA See Benefits in Double-Barreled Approach to the Cloud; Top 10 Virtualization Killers; Can State & Local Govs Benefit From the US Commerce Department’s Cybersecurity Program; Oracle Launches Database 12c for Clouds.

Technically News - 4/22

In this week's Technically News: Students Face Cyber War Game with NSA Hackers; Red Hat’s “PaaS Queen” on OpenStack; 6 Steps to Secure Systems for Sequester; SolarWinds’ Firewall Security Manager Reviewed; DLT Solutions Finds Promise in State & Local Work.