Reality Check

Michael Daconta is the vice president of advanced technology at InCadence Strategic Solutions and the former metadata program manager for the Homeland Security Department. His latest book is "Information as Product: How to Deliver the Right Information to the Right Person at the Right Time."

4 waves of cloud: Are agencies along for the ride?

The public sector has moved toward cloud computing, but has it been enough of a catalyst to ensure interoperability?

‘Biometrics in a box’ – migrating Windows apps to the Amazon cloud

A hands-on look at migrating biometrics applications to Amazon's cloud.

The 3 secrets to unlocking big data

What is different about big data is the ability of emerging cloud environments to process unlimited amounts of data.

4 steps to the right data-sharing architecture for your agency

The IT market is muddied with confusing claims about information sharing technology, so here are steps to an architecture that should clear things up.

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White House digital strategy hits the mark

Behind the plan are all the pieces for a robust, 21st-century platform.

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Hackers own today's free-love PC architecture, and it's time to move on

With the coming post-PC architecture, sensor, device and cloud components will form a new multi-machine OS with built-in solutions for security and ID management.

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Why NIST's cloud definition is fatally flawed

NIST's definition of cloud computing is incomplete because it excludes big data and omits any number of "things as a service."

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Good metadata means good government

Understanding how to design the right metadata is the key to helping users (and citizens) get the most value from data on your organization's products and services.

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Are we serious about cybersecurity? Here's a test to find out.

The U.S. will either do the hard work necessary to establish a strong national cybersecurity defense or get stuck in the doldrums of decline.

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Systemic tensions: 3 IT project zombies that just won't die

Three recurring conflicts born of well-meaning but often diametrically opposed IT forces keep haunting IT systems development.

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Why programming languages no longer matter

It is not that there is no difference among programming languages. It's just that those differences are becoming less and less a factor in choosing a development platform.

Memo to health IT planners: no need to reinvent standards

Columnist Mike Daconta helps clarify the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology's recommendation for a universal exchange language for health care information and explains why it is more than feasible today.

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Big data: You'll have it, but can you handle it?

Massive datasets created by new cloud platforms will put a heavy burden on government IT managers. Here’s what you can do about it.

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Why IBM's Watson is good news for government

Watson's pipelined, pragmatic process demonstrated significant innovations that overcame the type of grand challenges faced every day by the government IT community.

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What's right and what's wrong with IT reform plans

The CIO Council's plan for reforming IT management offers significant improvements but is weak in a few areas.