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Weekly News Kick Off: Iraq Defense Budget Challenges; U.S. CTO Resigns; New Contract Wins; and Creative Marketing and Contractors

September 2, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  While many of us were enjoying the last “dog days of summer” leading up to the Labor Day holiday weekend, the federal news-cycle kept on moving. This week, we are featuring stories about potential defense budget challenges due to increased activity in Iraq, the U.S. CTO officially resigning, and several new contract wins.  Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Tuesday. Hagel: Iraq Crisis May Require Defense Budget Changes The Pentagon might have to retool its $555 billion 2015 budget proposal ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Sequestration Fears Return; GSA’s Unified Acquisition Strategy; and Navy Awards $2.5 Billion in Contracts for CANES

August 25, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  The topic of sequestration has been making its way though the federal news cycle.  Many government officials discussed the looming defense budget caps at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium, and the CBO said that sequestration cuts are unlikely this year. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. After Months On Back Burner, Sequester Fears Return At the recent Space and Missile Defense Symposium, numerous officials warned of the looming defense budget caps. CBO: Sequestration Cuts Are Unlikely This Year The fiscal ... Read more

PODCAST: Benefit and Value of Managed Services for Government Agencies

August 21, 2014

More and more government agencies are implementing managed services IT models to reduce costs and enhance overall effectiveness. In addition, agencies can get out of the business of IT and focus on their core missions through managed services. From a budgeting perspective, managed services also take agencies out of the CapEX investment model, allowing a more cost-effective approach for procuring and implementing technologies. Cloud First and FedRAMP policies and mandates are also driving more agencies to adopt managed services, which will also supports more scalability in procuring and using IT. These are some insights from a recent TechSource podcast with Chris Sibold, ... Read more

Busting Marketing Myths

August 20, 2014

With limited resources and increased pressure to deliver ROI, marketers are continually challenged to implement the right strategies that show deliver results beyond brand recognition. The rapidly changing marketing landscape can be hard to keep up with, as marketers face a dizzying number of new technologies and techniques to try. A recent Market Connections study, commissioned by Vocus, a leading provider of online PR and marketing software, shows how marketers are grappling with digital marketing and where they are finding success.  Equally important, the study busts big myths when it comes to digital, social and content marketing, which can provide clarity ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: OMB Digital Services Team Launches; DoD to Release Cloud Pilots; and International Contract Wins

August 18, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  The OMB is launching its Digital Services team to improve the IT procurement process, while the Department of Interior has appointed its new CIO.  In addition, there were multiple international contract award announcements. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. New Study on Convergence of Technologies and Services in Federal Market Market Connections, Inc., in partnership with the Professional Services Council (PSC), is conducting a study on the ongoing convergence of technologies and services in the federal marketplace. Your insights ... Read more

New Study on Convergence of Technologies and Services in Federal Market

August 15, 2014

Market Connections, Inc., in partnership with the Professional Services Council (PSC), is conducting a study on the ongoing convergence of technologies and services in the federal marketplace. As a key decision-maker in the federal market, your insights will help us understand the impact on industry offerings and government buying methods. In appreciation for your time, participants will receive a $15 Amazon e-gift card and the study report. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey! Federal employee survey Government contractor survey Responses will be kept anonymous and reported only in aggregate. The results of this survey will be released at PSC’s annual conference, ... Read more

The Rapidly Changing Mobile Landscape for Government

August 14, 2014

It goes without saying that mobility in government has changed dramatically over the past several years. From using Blackberry devices for accessing email to now using multiple devices, smartphones and apps, today’s mobile solutions are a ‘must have’ for ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of the entire federal workforce. While government is catching up with the private sector when it comes to mobility, there are still challenges ahead.  These include ensuring data security and developing the right processes for allowing large workforces to purchase and use mobile devices. These are some insights from a recent Intersection post where Tommy Walker, End User Computing Evangelist at ... Read more

PODCAST: Max Peterson of Amazon Web Services Discusses Bringing the Federal IT “Iron Triangle” to Life

August 13, 2014

The “iron triangle” in federal IT means implementing and leveraging innovations that support cost, quality and speed. In the past, it was only possible to achieve two parts of the “iron triangle,” which was typically quality and speed. Thanks to cloud computing, federal agencies can now achieve all three components of the “iron triangle” in ways that allow government to best leverage IT in scalable ways that consistently support the mission. These are some key insights from a recent FedPulse podcast with Max Peterson, Head of Worldwide Public Sector Alliances and Partners of Amazon Web Services, who provided more insights into government ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Defense Cuts Endanger U.S. Security; Kendall Wants to Drop Sequestration; and New Contract Wins

August 11, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. A bipartisan panel issued some stark warnings about how the defense cuts are compromising our national security. In addition, we take a look at sequestration’s impact on government contractors one year later. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Obama’s Steep Defense Cuts Endanger U.S. Security A bipartisan panel of experts recently issued a stark warning about how cuts in military spending are putting our national security at risk. Kendall Again Appeals to Congress to Drop Sequestration The most important thing anyone ... Read more

Winning Contractor: ASRC Federal InuTeq Wins $88 Million Defense Supercomputing Modernization Program Contract

August 6, 2014

ASRC Federal InuTeq (ASRC Federal) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), which is a family of companies that provide mission-critical services to federal government agencies dedicated to defense, civil and intelligence support. ASRC, Alaska’s largest owned and operated company, was established in 1972 after Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. ASRC is an Alaska Native Corporation owned by approximately 11,000 Iñupiat shareholders. With the company earnings, these shareholders help develop and sustain their villages and the Iñupiat way of life. On July 7th, ASRC was awarded the High Performance Computing Modernization Program’s Defense Research ... Read more

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