A Short History of Shared Services…and What’s Next.

Shared Services in government is nothing new. The idea began in the 1980s with the consolidation of payroll and some other administrative functions. In the '90s the focus was on creating entities that could provide common business functions across government and, in that effort, become a cost center.

The 2000s saw the rise of the term 'Line of Business' that looked at common business functions across government to identify opportunities to transform, streamline and share. The Obama Administration looked specifically to IT as a shared service, releasing the Federal IT Shared Services Strategy that provided federal agency chief information officers and key stakeholders guidance. This guidance focused on the implementation of shared IT services as a key principle of their efforts to eliminate waste and duplication, with the intention to reinvest in innovative mission systems.

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FOSE 2013 Announces Comprehensive Cloud and Virtualization Track

Originally posted by ConnellyWorks

Sessions to Explore Risks and Benefits of Implementing Cloud and Virtualization Services

FOSE 2013will highlight the growing importance of cost-saving tactics in a budget-driven world by offering a track dedicated to cloud and virtualization, presented by leading government authorities in this space. FOSE 2013 will take place May 14-16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

"In a post-event survey, nearly half of FOSE 2012's attendees stated they wanted to learn more about cloud and virtualization," said Mike Eason, Vice President, Public Sector Events, 1105 Media, Inc. "With agency budgets in limbo, this topic will continue to gain popularity as it offers solutions for doing more with less. By offering a track dedicated to cloud and virtualization, we're providing attendees the opportunity to learn more about the implementation and best practices of utilizing these services for their agency."

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Improved Collaboration Tools Ranked In Top 3 of Critical Initiatives for CIOs

Posted by Adobe

Asked about key IT initiatives from 2012, CIOs ranked improving collaboration tools third -- behind cloud services and virtualization. Collaboration concerns beat out big data and analytics, application consolidation, security and risk management, and a host of other key IT initiatives.

Understandable considering it directly contributes to these issues - mostly security and risk management.

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29 Jan CTOvision Podcast

Originally posted by Ryan Kamauff on CTOvision

Play CTOvision Podcast featuring Daniel Mintz. Daniel Mintz is the Principal and Founder of ESEM Consulting and former CIO of the Department of Transportation. He is a lifelong technologist and avid Washington Capitals fan.

We discussed the following stories:
DOD, VA improve eBenefits portal
Government Appetite Growing for Twitter User Data
86,800 network printers open to the whole internet
Odierno: budget is greatest threat to national security
Google Announces Pwnium 3, Ups Ante and Offers $3M+ in Rewards
New bug makes moot Java's latest anti-exploit defenses, claims researcher
Pentagon to boost cybersecurity force
Data.gov gets agile with new alpha site
Government IT's Move to Cloud Slowed by Security Concerns, Misconceptions

Department of Energy CIO Gives Perspectives on Federal Cyber Security

Originally posted by GTRA

Bob Brese, the CIO at the Department of Energy & Parham Eftekhari, Co-Founder & EVP of GTRA discuss how the changing federal IT ecosystem has made security more complicated and what action other federal agencies should take to improve security.