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  CTOvision was once again named one of the top sources for government technology news and analysis. Fed Tech Magazine just published it’s list of “46 Federal Technology Experts to Follow on Twitter” which it later updated to include a 47th member, features CTOvision’s Twitter account, which you can follow for our CTO feed for the CTO, CIO and other enterprise technologists. Other prominent federal technology experts featured on the list are The White House and its Open Government Initiative, the U.S. CIO and the Federal CIO Council, and the trusted technology research firm Gartner. So that you could see and follow the complete list, we put it up on TwitChimp.  TwitChimp makes it easy to create, curate, synchronize, and embed Twitter lists and provides insight about lists and accounts with tools such as word clouds and pie charts for type of content. You can click ... (more)

The Wisdom Of Carl Sagan On Science, Government, and Even Enterprise IT and Digital Risk

Of course you know Carl Sagan the distinguished astronomer and great explainer of science via best selling books and the TV series Cosmos. One of his last interviews was conducted by Charlie Rose in May 1996.  The clip below captures a very important message from this discussion, one I think he really nailed for its relevance to the technological world we live in. His message was about the full spectrum of science and technology and the fact that we people need to be smart enough to drive the right decisions in society vice abdicating to leaders who themselves are ignorant. Key ... (more)

How Platfora Is Transforming Hadoop

When talking with the less-technical people in your enterprise, which may include end users and many others on the leadership team, it always pays to have non technical expressions to describe new capabilities. Here are some thoughts on Platfora that may be of use in discussions like that. Here is how to describe Platfora to a non-technical person: Platfora gives users a better ability to interact with information. They can ask their own questions, follow their own theories, run their own “what-if” scenarios, and ask unbounded questions in iterative ways over their data. To a us... (more)

Chrome Netbook OS; Tablet PCs; LBS; Open Source

2010 will undoubtedly be a year of technology innovation. In 2009, Twitter revolutionized the way we get news, it brought us closer to those who were a part of the news, almost making traditional media irrelevant. I don’t know who (or what) will be the Twitter of 2010, but below are a few predictions for the coming year. Google’s Chrome Netbook OS will be a hit. Their OS will mostly be dependent on a Google Account. A Google Account opens up their full Google Apps suite, which includes email, calendar, word processing, and MS Office like functions. Google’s renditions of their c... (more)

Don’t forget to register for FOSE 2013

By Ryan Kamauff FOSE is the nation’s premier event for government technology professionals who need tools, resources, and best practices to transition to the cloud, mitigate cybersecurity threats, and achieve the goals of the DGS while managing uncertainty and the critical need to make it all happen on-time and on-budget. “The heavy impact of sequestration and across the board budget cuts has put stress on agency training opportunities,” said Mike Eason, Vice President, Public Sector Events, 1105 Media, Inc. “We are responding by offering high-level training and educational pro... (more)