April, 2015

Wednesday, April, 1, 2015 | Reed Racette
Measure Twice, Cut Once
Tags: Agile, Project Management
At a recent company event, our Executive VP (Bill Giandoni) challenged us to take up a hobby that we can use as a creative outlet. Thanks to that challenge (and Pinterest) I have recently been experimenting with woodworking – specifically, building furniture from old wood pallets. This is an inexpensive, therapeutic hobby that is a world apart from my day job as a federal IT consultant. In fact, I can only think of a few things that they have in common. The first is that I still have a lot to learn in both of these endeavors.
Wednesday, April, 1, 2015 | Marcos Orcadiz
An Introduction to the Future of Access Control and ID Management
Tags: Security, Information Security
Access control and identification management within government departments and agencies is extremely important when considering the safety and security of personnel and data. Originally issued in August 2004, Homeland Security Presidential Directive #12 (HSPD-12) became the established policy for common identification standards among federal employees and contractors. This directive was largely a result of the attacks Sept. 11, 2011, with its main goals of enhancing security, reducing identity fraud, protecting personal privacy, and leveraging computer and building access security through one universal I.D. card. Overall, HSPD-12 established an outline to the security of access control and identification management. The technical and architectural standards to follow that policy, developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), are drawn out in the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Publication 201. As developments and adjustments are made to FIPS 201, there have been versions such as 201-1 and 201-2.
Wednesday, April, 1, 2015 | Dr.Linda Miller
Truths About Transformation, Part I: Is It Really Transformation
Tags: IT Transformation
When attempting to establish a unified business transformation effort, many organizations get little yield for the large amounts of money spent... Despite best efforts, new ideas lose momentum the moment they encounter the deeply entrenched Industrial Age mindset that pervades most organizations’ cultures. Instead, business leaders often apply outdated but previously successful tactics and techniques to transformation work only to find that these tactics now have painfully adverse effects. Almost no one is doing business transformation well. This article, which is the first of a three-part series, will offer clarity on how transformation work differs from the kind of change that leaders have been advocating throughout their careers. It has become increasingly apparent that most leaders, managers, and staff in IT and other business functions lack clarity on what is “transformation,” even though most can recite strategic goals and objectives, and even the vision of their organization’s transformation. Employees work on projects, applying themselves as much as they can, but express frustration when identifying the point of their work.
Wednesday, April, 1, 2015 | Stuart Gavurin, Todd Budnikas
Mobile solutions: When to Go Web, When to Go Native
Tags: Mobile, Websites
The adoption of the “mobile first” approach to developing digital solutions is universally accepted. This is due to the undeniable trend that people from nearly all demographics and all continents are using some sort of mobile device to access content and media....However, people love to engage in polarized debates, and the debate around mobile is primarily about whether to deliver solutions to mobile devices using web-oriented technology, i.e., browsers, or via apps that are native to the device, i.e., resident on device and written for the platform’s operating system. The debate has been going on for years, and the usual conclusion is, “t depends.” While it is certainly true that the choice between web or native depends on a wide variety of factors, given the expectations of mobile users and the state of mobile usage and mobile technology, the native approach generally delivers greater value to both the user and the business (or enterprise) developing the solution.
Wednesday, April, 1, 2015 | Reed Racette
Spending Plan
Tags: funnies