Reality Check

Michael Daconta

Reality Check

  • Man showing simplistic network drawing

    Buzzword engineering, or the curse of Nicholas Carr

    A good technical advisor can keep government managers from the consequences of ‘buzzword engineering.’

  • JSON vs. XML and the impact of design decisions

    IT architects must understand their environment and requirements before they can wisely choose the programming tools that best meet their system or enterprise needs.

  • Man in art gallery looking at painting depicting word processing documents

    DARPA's dielets and the prominence of provenance

    DARPA is using data provenance to track counterfeit electronic parts infiltrating the military supply chain.

  • Hadoop represented by elephant in a data center

    Hadoop: The good, the bad and the ugly

    Government IT managers should be wary of technology overreach and focus on Hadoop's known success areas.

    Comments: 3
  • Frustrated computer user

    HealthCare.gov set poor requirements. Here's how to avoid the same trap.

    Poor requirements definition for HealthCare.gov led to consumer confusion in signing up for Affordable Healthcare Act insurance.

    Comments: 1
  • linked data

    Linked data takes a leap forward

    The new version of the W3C Resource Description Framework will help government data managers publish their data as effective and usable linked data.

  • Doctor working with a tablet computer

    Stop the fear mongering over ICD-10: It's just another taxonomy

    The complaints about the upgrade to ICD-10 health care codes illustrate common misconceptions about the organization and characteristics of big data sets.

    Comments: 5
  • grocery shopping

    What data architects can learn from food labels

    When the FDA and the First Lady recently proposed revised food labeling, they were refactoring information – a low-cost mission multiplier government IT managers can replicate.

    Comments: 2
  • Netflix

    Big data is just a stepping stone

    Government IT managers need to shift the focus from the data producer to the data consumer and zero in on information extraction.

  • rubber bands

    Cloud hosting is not (really) cloud computing

    Agencies that resort to half measures in moving to the cloud will receive marginal benefits compared to those who use cloud-native applications.

    Comments: 2