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Survey Underscores Need for Greater Application Management Awareness

Government application portfolios are plagued with redundant functions and a lack of transparency, which has led to uncontrolled costs and a general reluctance to change anything. This frustrating scenario is primarily why Application Portfolio Management (APM) is considered vital to helping improve agency operations, including the ability to manage cloud services, lower hardware and software costs, and minimize risks.

Beyond Borders: Tracing the Impacts of Smarter Public Safety
ANSWERING THE CHALLENGE OF CITIZEN SAFETY

Public safety is vitally important to people living in cities the world over and is essential tothe vibrancy and economic health of a city. It is among the most important factors influencing an individual’s or a business’s decision to choose a particular city in which to locate, to live or to visit. As a factor in determining a city’s attractiveness as a place to live and work, public safety can be more important than access to top quality education, access to culture, shopping, or quality of healthcare or housing.1 Yet for all its importance, public safety agencies are increasingly challenged to protect lives, property and infrastructure in the face of reduced budgets and increasing demands on their resources.

Smart City as a Service

Regional and municipal governments and large public organizations are striving to deliver higher levels of service, but arechallenged with flat or decreased funding to support their efforts. One solution is to use the vast stores of data available to gain a better perspective to identify opportunities to deliver services more efficiently, and engage stakeholders with open data initiatives to create innovative programs – in effect becoming a smart city. A framework approach to apply advanced analytics to these floods of data provides a roadmap to achieve these aims, but city IT organizations are often limited by staff size, skill and budget, and are unable to implement the framework on their own. Cloud computing and software as a service can provide the means to quickly acquire data-driven decision-making capabilities that support smart city initiatives, putting advanced services within reach of virtually any size city.

IBM i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis for Defense Intelligence

The IBM® i2® National Security and Defense Intelligence solution was designed to enable defense and national security organizations to efficiently and effectively carry out inter-operable intelligence exploitation.

IBM i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis for Cyber Intelligence

Don't let cyber criminals steal your data, exploit your resources or damage your reputation. Learn how IBM i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis can help you fortify your cyber security measures by uncovering hidden connections and threats, buried in disparate data sets, in near real-time.

IBM Counter Fraud and Improper Payments for Government

The IBM® Counter Fraud Management and Improper Payments for Government solution is designed to help agencies avoid the ‘pay and chase’ scenario by intercepting transactions in real time that are potentially fraudulent.

The cost of network downtime!

Tradeoffs between supplemental UPS batteries and standby generators are discussed, including a total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis to help identify which solution makes the most economic sense.  Download this whitepaper, then call GovConnection at 800-800-0019 to learn more.

How Secure Is Your Organization?

Security threats are more of a problem today than ever before. We've developed solutions and services to reduce your security risks from these threats with industry leading assessment, analysis, and risk management services. We are dedicated to keeping your organization operating safely and securely.  Download this whitepaper then call 800-800-0019.

The Economy of Security: How physical and cyber security drive economic vitality

Security solutions can help government agencies drive economic vitality for their regions with security intelligence. What is not as widely considered is the fact that cyber and physical security breaches can have a negative effect on economic vitality. Read this paper to gain a better of understanding of the connection between economic vitality and security. prevent, detect and respond to the cyber security threat.

Quantifying the Total Cost of Managing Data

Data is the lifeblood of any federal agency but the explosive growth of data has made data management a growing challenge. Struggling to meet shrinking project schedules and declining resources, agency CIOs are looking for new ways to reduce their total cost of data and accelerate IT projects.

Amazon Web Services for the Federal Government

Federal agencies are increasingly mandated to migrate to cloud services like AWS to achieve integration and agility.  Cloud migrations however, can be complex, disruptive, and time consuming projects that also face many  security and compliance-related challenges.

Data Center Consolidation & Rationalization

eGov initiatives and widespread digitization have multiplied application portfolios in the government.  TO reduce the associated technology debt, agencies are scrambling to deliver on consolidation and rationalization initiatives.  Yet, most projects are over budget and behind schedule.

Extreme File Transfer: Bigger, Faster, Farther

Read this e-book from Aberdeen Group to learn about extreme file transfer, and discover the solutions that can help you send information faster, enable worldwide access, and automate workflows to drive seamless file transfer.

Forrester Report: Engage Audit Professionals For Better Security Assessment Outcomes

Read this report from Forrester Research to learn how to take advantage of your internal audit team's resources and expertise to develop a more efficient, sustainable compliance program.

Internet Security Threat Report for Government

Knowing how cybercriminals are breaching security is the first step to securing your information—and your company’s goals. The 2015 Symantec™ Internet Security Threat Report leverages an unparalleled amount of data and is the resource you need to defend against the top tricks of cybercriminals.   Read the report and learn:
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‘Deter and Detect, Disrupt and Protect’
How Agencies Can Reduce Insider Threat Risks

Insider threats rank among the most common, costly and damaging risks federal agencies face today. Read i360Gov's latest special report to learn what you can do to better protect your organization. Also in the report, Chris Farrow, CISO for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, describes what the FDIC has done to reduce insider threats.

Pay Attention IT: A New Convergence Is Afoot

A new convergence of IT infrastructure is forcing rapid change in the digital world. With networks getting faster and the whole world going mobile, the number of digital connections is growing at an unprecedented rate. In response, government IT must become more agile, or be left behind. But how can your organization gain, and more importantly, maintain, an advantage at such speeds? What impact does this new convergence have on your IT infrastructure? And which IT strategies can maximize your team’s opportunities?

IBM Cloud Infographic
Leaders in governments worldwide are using cloud technologies with impressive results.

Government benefits of all sizes that are using cloud-based services encompass citizen-centric services, security-rich and highly available, improved efficiency, and cost optimization.

Empowering government agencies through contextual computing
How context can improve decision making and mission outcomes

Data is growing exponentially, but only a small fraction is effectively leveraged today. As government leaders prepare for the next phase of business intelligence, they must be smarter in how they approach data to unlock its full value. We suggest they focus on contextual computing.

Coordinating health and human services
Controlling costs and improving outcomes

Certain health conditions add massive costs to government programs. Addressing the factors that influence individual wellness has the potential to contain or reduce healthcare and social program costs, and technology can play a role in helping states and cities improve program results.

Results-Based Budgeting Solutions from IBM
Helping Federal Agencies and Service Branches to Secure Budget Requests and Improve Mission Performance

In order to reduce the risk to missions and key organizational objectives associated with a dynamic budgetary environment, government leaders require a flexible budgeting solution designed around the challenges and constraints they face. Shifting from a traditional funding continuation budgeting process to a results-based budgeting process is a critical step for government organizations that demonstrates a commitment to mission and helps to secure budget requests in today's federal environment. By focusing on mission results, agencies can better allocate scarce funds and demonstrate the need for continued or increased funding levels.

Watson Analytics - Find what matters most to your business
IBM Watson Analytics

Based in the cloud, IBM Watson Analytics sets powerful analytics capabilities free so almost anyone can use them.

Federal Big Data Analytics
Helping federal agencies to make sense of “Big Data”

The value of big data is found in the insights that can be found within it. Unlike private organizations, the value of big data to federal agencies is found in things like better healthcare, improved public safety, crime prevention, national security and improved environmental health. Improved decision-making for programs across the federal government is how agencies can make sense out of big data.

Improve Government with a Smarter Process Approach

Providing a superior experience for citizens and constituents is not easy, and gone are the days when problematic customer interactions can be smoothed over by empathetic service representatives. In an omni-channel world, the number of citizen touchpoints is not only increasing, but is increasingly auto- mated, and governments will not get many chances to take the steps that are required to make things right. Unlike at any other time in history, the quality of your operations will shine through, in virtually every interaction with the citizen.

BPM for Dummies

Business Process Management For Dummies, IBM Limited Edition, shows you what BPM is and how it can help your organization. You see how the BPM solutions from IBM help you gain many benefits from higher customer satisfaction to greater agility in adapting to changing market conditions.

Smarter Process for Dummies

Is it easy to do business with your organization? Do your employees feel empowered to meet your customer’s needs? These are questions that you’re probably grappling with as you face a perpetually changing business environ- ment. You strive for operational excellence and need ways to effectively acquire and retain new customers. You also need to reinvent your business operations to foster growth.    Smarter Process is a way for you to work smarter as you find your way through all the operational challenges that the cur- rent business climate throws at you. It helps you use mobile, analytics, and collaboration to empower your employees to do their best work. It also empowers you as a leader to find the right tools and solutions.

The Cyber Resilience Blueprint: A New Perspective on Security

In this sophisticated threat environment, traditional security tactics are failing. Symantec encourages government organizations to revisit their security posture to build a more cyber resilient enterprise. Resilience is not defined by a series of checklists, but through evaluations based on the current threat environment and the acceptable risk level for the organization. This whitepaper presents best practice-based approaches recommended for minimizing cyber risk. These are arranged across five pillars and provide specific actions for each pillar to be performed by identifiable IT jobs.

A High Performance Printing Solution for Your Agency

With three distinct models, Lexmark MS310/MS410 Series printers offer superior performance, security, usability and value for public sector organizations. This series offers value and performance typical of higher-priced printers. Even the lowest-priced modelfeatures duplex printing, instant warm-up fuser, display panel, Ethernet, USB and parallel ports, plus options for wireless printing and higher input capacity. Additional models offer color LCD display, Confidential Print, support for Extra High-Yield cartridges and recommended monthly page volume up to 7,200 pages. And they’re compact enough to fit anywhere. Download this whitepaper to learn more.

A New Generation of Stackable Smart Switches for the Public Sector

NETGEAR, Inc., a global networking company that delivers innovative products to government, businesses, consumers and service providers, has extended its industry leadership with a new family of 10 Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switches, the ProSAFE® S3300 Gigabit Stackable Smart Switch Series (www.netgear.com/s3300). The ProSAFE S3300 Series provides a blueprint for a dependable network that can easily expand as needed, exploiting the full power of 10G-capable servers and network storage devices. From greenfield environments to network refreshes for customers who value ease of deployment and management, the ProSAFE S3300 series sets new standards in defining flexibility and choice for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), government agencies, educational facilities, and other organizations looking to leverage reliable technologies at affordable price points.  Download this whitepaper to learn more.
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Cities Turn to ‘Smart’ Initiatives to Remain Vibrant

State and municipal governments are examining how to leverage low-cost tools, technologies and services to help optimize internal facilities and asset management and keep pace with evolving constituent needs. Smart initiatives typically run on high-performance networks, using sensors, computers and other physical devices. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reports the Internet of Things (IoT) currently accounts for more than $32 trillion in global economic activity, and is projected to grow as more tools are leveraged for new uses in health care, emergency services, transportation and other key city operations. Learn what it takes to “Get Smart,”  along with the latest information about current smart city initiatives, as well as best practice advice from leading industry experts in this i360Gov special report.
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A Roadmap for E-Discovery Compliance

Without the right combination of tools and defendable, repeatable, internal processes in place, agencies tend to ‘overcollect’ information for e-discovery, and can end up incurring judicial sanctions, along with ballooning costs. By establishing scalable and agency-wide e-discovery processes, it’s possible to lower costs, and improve regulatory compliance. Read this important i360Gov special report to learn more what it takes to efficiently handle information requests and avoid sanctions, fines, or any undermining of public confidence.

Auditing Your Data for Insider Threats

Data generated by applications and servers, inside or outside a department or agency, can play a significant role in determining anomalous employee behaviors. In some cases, the motivational context for those behaviors can signify an insider threat. Knowing the difference between willful acts and innocent mistakes requires understanding when user activity is abnormal in the broader context of employee behavior.
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Special Report: Anything as a Service

Government agencies are under pressure to keep costs under tight control while at the same time providing a high level of services to citizens and businesses. It’s a tall order for sure, but not impossible thanks to a host of “anything-as-a-service” offerings enabled by the cloud and virtualization technology.
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Defense Organizations Strive for Software-Defined Operations

Virtualization mandates have spread as military organizations strive to comply with initiatives such as the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) and ‘Cloud First.’ Now defense and military organizations are migrating to cloud services, which rely on virtualized apps, servers and storage, as a way to modernize IT operations.
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Defending the Enterprise: Reinforcing Endpoint Security Across all Levels of Government

As the number and severity of security breaches rises, detecting anomalies and performing triage to quickly respond to cyber-attacks -- by killing processes or wiping to erase compromised devices -- has become a necessity across government agencies and departments. Read i360Gov’s latest special report to learn more about the latest guidance to address endpoint security, and how the state of Hawaii is stepping up to take a leading role as a cybersecurity hub in the Pacific.
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Embracing Data’s ‘Dark’ Side: Mitigating Risks of Unstructured Data

Government organizations generate, share and strive to maintain oceans of unstructured data, which is causing storage and/or backup operations to grow by at least 20-40% per year.  As agencies intensify their focus on how to improve constituent services, they must figure out how to decipher what data must be kept, for how long, and what can be discarded from the sea of transactional data that flows through every day. Read i360Gov’s latest special report to gain the latest advice from Administration officials, and learn how the Department of Justice handles its hefty data management responsibilities.

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