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Branch IT Uncertainties Exposed
i360Gov ProofPoints Survey Explores Security and Performance Worries, and How to Overcome Them

Many federal agencies face challenges providing adequate performance and security at branch locations, primarily due to less than stellar information governance, along with outdated legacy systems and processes. Mission-critical data stored at offsite locations is often at risk for being left unprotected. Branch IT challenges are likely why more than 40% of federal government executives surveyed by i360Gov cited the need to reduce risk through centralized control of data as a primary goal when deploying new applications to branch locations.  A total of 108 federal executives participated in our latest i360Gov survey conducted online this fall, to uncover key trends in branch IT management. Find out what respondents said, and how to overcome the risks, in this exclusive i360Gov ProofPoints report.

E-signatures for Government Contracting
A Comprehensive Guide

Government has achieved impressive examples of savings and efficiencies by going digital with e-contracting processes. However, many procurement processes are still executed on paper. All levels of government need to be able to exchange, negotiate and sign contracts without the costs and inefficiencies of paper. This eBook explains how.

City and County of San Francisco Shortens Payroll Processing, Ensures Business Continuity and Reduces Total Cost of Ownership

Find out why the City and County of San Francisco chose to run its human capital management system on Oracle Engineered Systems and the impressive results they achieved in this informative success story.

City of Lakeland Saves $2.5 Million in Data Infrastructure Costs with Engineered Systems

Learn why the City of Lakeland in Polk County, Florida chose Oracle to support many of the city’s most critical applications, including Lakeland Electric’s meter-data management system which runs smart-grid initiatives.

Baltimore County Speeds Batch Processing by 10x and Queries by up to 80x

Learn why Baltimore County chose the Oracle Database Appliance to improve efficiency and availability—and see the powerful results they achieved—in this impressive success story.  You’ll see how Baltimore significantly improved availability and performance of business applications that support vital county services, including emergency response, public safety, finance and GIS.  

Engineered Systems Are Now Going to Compete on Price

Renowned for their high performance, fast deployments and ability to cut through IT complexity, Oracle Engineered Systems are now on the short list for budget-minded customers.

How Can You Drive Innovation with Simplified IT?

See how Oracle’s Engineered Systems can transform public sector processes while reducing risk and lowering costs in this informative eBook.

Integrated Law Enforcement: A Holistic Approach to Solving Crime

IBM® i2® Integrated Law Enforcement (ILE) is a preconfigured law enforcement solution that provides the optimum knowledge tools for intelligence analysis, lead generation, operational effectiveness, and agency collaboration. It can connect to a variety of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and has communication integration in the form of a suite of collaborative tools.

Intelligent law enforcement
Integrated tools for proactive policing

Modern law enforcement agencies have access to a flood of data. While law enforcement thrives on information, the sheer volume of internally and externally collected data often makes finding the right information at the right time a seemingly impossible task. Agencies that maximize their ability to quickly extract value from this data can reduce crime, meet new and emerging threats, improve officer safety and better meet rising public expectations.

Detecting, identifying, and reducing tax fraud, while improving compliance
Detecting, identifying, and reducing tax fraud, while improving compliance

Government agencies need counter fraud operations with scalable technology and processes that are flexible and responsive to questionable activities, and that can continuously adapt to new suspicious fraud patterns and schemes. The IBM solution for counter fraud and compliance in government is designed to help government agencies avoid the pay-and-chase scenario by intercepting suspicious transactions in real time while detecting, identifying and building the case against past fraudulent activity. By looking at counter fraud operations as an entire lifecycle, this IBM solution introduces advanced analytics and investigative analysis throughout the entire process. Implementing this holistic approach allows revenue agency staff to more effectively manage workload, optimize business processes, target high probability fraud and reduce no-change audits. The result is greater compliance, increased productivity and enhanced revenue collections. Download this paper to learn more.

Public Safety Infographic

Each week over 1 million people move into a city. Never before have the requirements for protecting citizens, property and infrastructure from harm been more pressing. Sophisticated, applied technology can yield insights.that shorten the cycle from incident to resolution. Find out more via this infographic.

Detect, respond and reduce improper payments for Health and Human Services
Detect, respond and reduce improper payments for Health and Human Services

Social Services organizations are on the front-line of government efforts to deliver better outcomes to citizens with limited resources. Since funding for social services represents the single largest component of government spending, (an estimated 22 percent of OECD is based on government health and social program spending), there is increasing pressure to do more with less and be as efficient as possible. This means balancing equitable serve to citizens with minimal waste and error. The problem is that fraud, abuse and improper payments are on the rise. These fraudulent schemes are being driven by both opportunistic individuals and sophisticated criminal organizations who are early adopters of technology and employ a dynamic agile business model. It is therefore incumbent for a government agency to base their counter fraud operations on technology and processes that can both scale to handle the volume of occurrences, and are flexible and responsive to react, and continuously adapt, to new suspicious patterns and activities. Download this paper to learn more.

Beyond Borders: Tracing the impacts of Smarter Public Safety

Public safety is vitally important to people living in cities the world over and is essential to the 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. 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.
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Solutions to Safeguarding Growing Cloud Data

IT and security managers in the federal government—like their private sector counterparts—are facing daunting challenges when it comes to safeguarding data throughout their organization.

What Child Welfare Caseworkers Need to Go Mobile

The typical caseworker only spends about 18 percent of their time in face-to-face contact with children and families while over 12 percent of their time is spent traveling and over 33 percent of their time is spent preparing documentation. Mobility and access to mobile devices are part of our personal lives, but have not become a regular part of the caseworker’s professional career. In fact, acceptance of mobile technology by social workers has been slow compared to other industries. This white paper examines the ways in which mobile access to case management systems, data and information, assessment and referral capabilities and other tools could go a long way toward reducing child welfare caseloads and workload, and improving caseworker efficiency. It also details the specific capabilities that child welfare caseworkers need from mobility tools. Read this complimentary paper to learn more.

Transforming Child Welfare Service Delivery

Child welfare professionals are making life and death decisions about children and their families every day. Caseworkers are typically juggling caseloads of 20, 30 or more children and families at any given time and the agency they work for might be serving tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of individuals. Each individual in a family might be receiving multiple services with varying eligibility requirements, and any child or family might have more than one caseworker from more than one government organization. This solution brief examines the ways in which technology can enable the transformation of child welfare service delivery by supporting a multi-disciplinary approach to child welfare and by enabling prevention and remediation strategies that help protect children and facilitate permanency, while also improving resource utilization.

11 Mistakes when buying charging and storage carts & How to Avoid Them

Download this whitepaper from Blackbox to lean about the top 11 mistakes that are made when buying charging carts and how your government organization can apply those principles and avoid those mistakes.  Contact your GovConnection account manager to learn more.

ESET through GovConnection: Flexible bundles right-sized for your organization

ESET bundled business solutions simplify purchasing by reducing the number of licenses you need to buy, renew and manage. And with the ability to upgrade any time, you can buy with confidence now and add capabilities and licenses as you need them. With ESET bundled business solutions you can cover all platforms including workstations, servers and mobile devices with one easy to manage bundle.  Download the whitepaper and then call your GovConnection account manager to learn more.
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Growing Government Cyber Intelligence (ebook)

As traditional network perimeters surrounding data centers dissolve, agencies face enormous difficulties fending off attacks using a patchwork of traditional security tools to protect classified or personally identifiable information (PII).


If you are interested in learning how the US Army, GSA, State of Vermont, USDA and others have improved efficiency, contained cost and increased auditability with e-signatures, this Guide is for you. This ebook gives an introduction to electronic signatures for all levels of government and how the technology is transforming government processes.

Case Study: Operation Nighthawk

Special Operations Forces (SOF) from friendly countries use joint training exercises, such as Operation Nighthawk, to improve their own capabilities and to ensure that they can work together to counter cross-border and multi-national threats. Operation Nighthawk was a 2014 multinational SOF training exercise, bringing together 1,600 personnel from military and police forces from more than 10 countries. The goal was to simulate a fast-paced deployment of SOF units to an active hotspot, and train both field operatives and support staff to plan and conduct special operations.

EIA for Defense Intelligence

As national security and defense threats become more asymmetrical and complex, intelligence organizations and agencies are challenged to respond more efficiently and precisely. With shrinking budgets and limited resources, these agencies need a solution that can help them accelerate the data-to-decision process, so they can make better informed decisions and take confident, effective action. IBM® i2® Enterprise Insight Analysis is a next-generation intelligence solution designed to help do just that by applying advanced analytics at scale and with critical speed.

IBM Smarter Cities Public Safety - Law Enforcement

IBM Smarter Cities Law Enforcement solutions incorporate a range of best-of-breed technologies from IBM and IBM Business Partners to address critical law enforcement challenges. These solutions can help agencies collect, integrate and distribute information.

Improve safety and traffic management

Read this Frost & Sullivan report to learn how today's cities can benefit from video analytics like the IBM® Intelligent Video Analytics solution, which enables forensic, situational and predictive analysis.

21st Century Emergency Management

To address the challenge of blending siloed domains with the realities of an increasingly interdependent societal structure, we can look to one of three distinct solutions.

Making the Case for Storage on Demand (ebook)

It’s no wonder that storage tops the “to-do” lists of many government and commercial enterprises. With data volumes growing at exponential rates and new technology initiatives, such as Cloud, virtualization and Big Data, requiring increased capacity and performance, powerful storage options are now a must-have. Storage is also increasingly complex. Yet, today’s tight IT budgets leave little room for error, so it’s important to make the right choices from the start.

The economy of Cloud: How cloud helps governments drive economic vitality.

Governments across the globe are being forced to do morewith less. As they strive to meet increased expectations from digitally-savvy citizens — and promote economic health for their regions — many government agencies are looking to technology for answers. By moving key IT systems to thecloud, governments can gain benefits that extend far beyond the IT realm. In fact, cloud can assist agencies in driving economic vitality for their regions by helping control IT costs, improving citizen services and sparking operational and business model transformations.

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

Making sound security decisions in today’s environment is of paramount importance. This infographic highlights the connection between economic vitality and security and how both can be achieved.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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