Survey Finds Private Cloud is Holding Feds Back

Market Watch (Business Wire),  Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The survey, underwritten by AT&T , found that the Federal Government could save $18.9 billion annually by migrating services and applications to the cloud. The survey also found that many Federal agency leaders believe their agencies are missing the benefits of non-private cloud models and many have not made cloud adoption a strategic priority.

Advocates move to make open data more beneficial to citizens

Billy Mitchell, FedScoop,  Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Since the release of President Obama’s Open Government Initiative in late 2009, open data volumes have surged. But nearly five years later, open data advocates are saying it’s no longer enough to simply host the data — federal agencies now have to take the responsibility to ensure that citizens benefit from that reservoir of information.

New captain, advisers leading Commerce more deeply into open data

Stephanie Wasko, Federal News Radio,  Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Department of Commerce will soon have a captain to lead its ventures into open data. The department will hire its first-ever chief data officer as one of several open data initiatives, Secretary Penny Pritzker announced July 14 at the Esri International User's conference.

Feds Pursue Cloud Forensics Standards

William Welsh, InformationWeek Government,  Thursday, July 17, 2014

NIST identifies 65 challenges that forensic investigators face in gathering and analyzing digital information stored in the cloud, seeks help developing standards to aid law enforcement.

New TechAmerica commission to advise federal government on tech convergence

Henry Kenyon, FierceGovernmentIT,  Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An IT industry group has established a commission to advise the federal government on the convergence of social media, mobile, analytics, and cloud technologies.

EU tenders for Open Data platform

Ian Murphy, Business Cloud,  Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The European Commission has launched a formal tender for SMART 2014/1072 - Deployment of an EU Open Data core platform: implementation of the pan-European Open Data Portal and related services. This promises to be the worlds biggest open data project to date, eclipsing the UK Data.Gov.UK and the US Data.Gov which currently deliver approximately 15,000 and 111,000 data sets respectively.

Medable promises an easy way to make health apps comply with health data laws

Mark Sullivan, VB News,  Monday, July 14, 2014

Many health-related apps and devices will be hitting the market in the next year or two. And the data that these apps and devices collect could help your doctor provide a more holistic picture of your health. But, as I wrote a few weeks ago, when that health data crosses the line from consumer health cloud into the healthcare delivery system, HIPAA privacy rules will come into play.

GSA wants to make tracking cloud trends easier

Greg Otto, FedScoop,  Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The General Services Administration has released a request for information that could allow the agency to track cloud-buying trends across the federal government. The RFI is requesting feedback from vendors about how and what agencies are buying in respect to cloud services, with that information possibly leading to cloud services being given their own special item number (SIN) under GSA’s Schedule 70.

Google I/O: Extending Google's enterprise reach

Clare McDonald, ComputerWeekly,  Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Google has extended its enterprise apps portfolio with functionality that could make it a viable alternative to traditional enterprise software – especially for governments and in regulated industries, where data protection is key.

Microsoft Enhances Azure, Office 365

Michael Endler, InformationWeek,  Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Other news included the expansion of the preview of Microsoft's Azure government cloud, as well as a new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online offering for government cloud customers. Like Microsoft's other government cloud services, Dynamics CRM Online for government data will be housed separately from public Azure services in its own multi-tenant cloud.