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Q&A: Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer at Teradata, Discusses Big Data Challenges and Opportunities for Government

April 2, 2013

With a focus on providing integrated data warehousing, big data analytics, and business applications that provide actionable business intelligence, Teradata is one of the world’s leading analytic data solutions providers. The company’s mission is to provide organizations with the ability to leverage data for gaining strategic insight, recognizing emerging trends, and enhancing overall decision-making.  With more than 10,000 employees in 42 countries, and serving more than 1,200 customers worldwide, the company is clearly a Big Data leader. We recently spoke with Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer for Teradata, who provided us with some key insights into what’s really going on with Big ... Read more

Monday News Kick Off: Obama Averts Government Shutdown; First Female Secret Service Director; SAIC’s Plan to Cut Costs; and DoD Wants Error-Free Proposals

April 1, 2013

Welcome to the Monday news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.  Today is officially April Fool’s Day.  And while many in our sector may not be feeling too jovial about the state of the economy, there is a shining light.  The Obama administration averted a government shutdown and new contract wins are happing at a fast clip.  What’s going on these days?  Once again, uncertainty is the new certainty when doing business with government.  Happy Monday! Obama Signs Spending Bill, Avoids Government Shutdown Last week, President Obama made it official by signing a temporary spending bill that headed off a government shutdown. First ... Read more

Winning Contractor: Boeing Pushes New Innovations While Helping the Air Force Support Mission Requirements and Save Money

March 28, 2013

As a $33 billion business with 59,000 employees worldwide, Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security division brings innovative approaches to providing manned and unmanned airborne capabilities, intelligence and security systems, communications architectures and extensive large-scale integration expertise. Being the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, there is no shortage of news coming out of the organization – even during the post-sequestration economy. For example, Boeing recently announced that it has shipped its fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite, which will provide the U.S. Air Force with faster transmission of airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance imagery. In ... Read more

Sequestration Takes its Toll on Travel and Conference Expenditures

March 27, 2013

NASA fell in line with the Department of Defense by cutting its travel and conference expenditures in 2013, preparing itself for the tolls of sequestration. The agency has not banned travel and conference attendance entirely, allowing employees to focus on regional or “Local Center” events. However, following President Obama’s executive order to promote efficient spending in government agencies, NASA announced in a statement to FCW: NASA has moved aggressively to reduce its conference spending, and over the past calendar year has reduced costs by 30 percent.  In addition, the agency reduced travel costs by $21 million in fiscal year 2012. As we ... Read more

INFOGRAPHIC: Government Events Preferences in 2013

March 26, 2013

It’s no secret that government agencies are limiting event attendance, but for government contractors, all hope is not lost – government employees still see value in attending certain types of events for specific reasons. The new Government Events PulsePoll™ and infographic from Market Connections, Inc. provides an easy guide for making the most of the government events contractors attend and host this year.                               Based on Market Connections’ Government Events PulsePoll™ released in January 2013, government contractors should consider participating in or hosting smaller, more content-specific events closer to home.  Face-to-face educational events that do not focus on trying to sell something, ... Read more

Monday News Kick Off: Welcome to Sequestration Nation; GSA ‘Overcompensated’ After Scandal; Market Research Drives Contractor Success and Much More

March 25, 2013

Welcome to the Monday news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.  We are now officially living in the “Sequestration Nation,” as budget cuts are starting to impact pretty much every aspect of government.  Though, this sobering news can be countered by new wins for contractors like SAIC and ITT Exelis.  Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Monday News Kick Off post.  Happy Monday. Welcome to Sequestration Nation The sequester cuts are beginning to take hold around the country, as highlighted by The Washington Post. Senate Approves 2013 Spending Bill to Keep Government Open Last week, the Senate ... Read more

PODCAST: Linda Cureton, NASA CIO, Opens Up About Her Passion for Government IT and Discusses Secret to Achieving Success

March 21, 2013

Linda Cureton, NASA CIO, has always been a visionary when it comes to implementing the most forward-thinking government IT strategies.  From embracing new cloud-based solutions to innovative social media programs, Cureton has been a driving force for keeping NASA on the cutting edge of technology. Federal Blue Print, hosted by Blue Coat Federal, recently did a podcast with Cureton, where she provided some very candid insights into her passion for IT, as well as her secrets for achieving success.   It is truly an inspirational interview and we recommend listening to the podcast below. Listen to internet radio with Federal Blue Print ... Read more

Q&A: Paul Christman, Vice President of Public Sector, Dell Software, Discusses Quest Acquisition and the Future of Government IT

March 20, 2013

Last fall, Dell acquired Quest Software to enhance its software portfolio of complete end-to-end IT solutions for its customers. As part of this acquisition, Quest’s public sector subsidiary now bolsters Dell’s ability to serve federal, state and local governments and education institutions with software tools that help with data center optimization, application performance management (APM), identity and access management, and virtualization management. FedPulse spoke to Paul Christman, Vice President, Public Sector, Dell Software, about the acquisition and what the future holds for Dell. Christman formerly served as the President and CEO of Quest’s public sector subsidiary. FedPulse: Tell us about Quest’s public sector ... Read more

Connecting Veterans to Jobs with Actionable Research and Insights

March 19, 2013

As the U.S. is wrapping up two major military engagements, our nation is finding itself dealing with the challenge of more veterans on the home front looking for post-military job opportunities.  As a result, military veterans aged 18-24 face a 30 percent unemployment rate. This is a clear signal that we need more efforts to get veterans back to work, especially since these individuals are typically well-trained in information technology, logistics and health IT. At last week’s NAWB Forum 2013, by the National Association of Workforce Boards, Monster Government Solutions hosted a unique panel discussion about transitioning veterans back into the workforce. With ... Read more

Monday News Kick Off: Senate Breaks with No Resolution; Budget Cuts Dangerous to U.S.; National Archives Cancels Tours and Much More

March 18, 2013

Welcome to the Monday news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.  Once again, the fallout from the sequester is taking its toll with many agencies preparing to take a major hit.  Though all is not dire.  SAIC just received a $315 million Army contract and others are winning business as well.  Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Monday News Kick Off post.  Happy Monday. Senate Breaks with No Continuing Resolution On Friday, the Senate broke for the weekend without passing a continuing resolution to fund the government through Sept. 30. A funding bill is necessary to ... Read more

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