National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

How will the wide-scale adoption of always-on connected devices change the environment for federal leaders?

Of the five trends I outlined in my last post, the first, always-on connected devices, is so fundamental, so important, so paradigm-shifting, that it is quickly becoming invisible. Keep reading →

Make the rounds with government agency CTOs or at any public sector technology conference these days and two words are likely to emerge in the conversation very quickly: big data.

Whether the discussion is around Hadoop, MapReduce or other big data tools, the focus to date has been largely on data analytics and how to rapidly and efficiently analyze extremely large and unstructured datasets. big data analytics is important for government agencies seeking to gain better insights into their data and make more informed decisions based on this insight, but analytics represents the tip of the iceberg in making big data work. Keep reading →

The sinking of the passenger liner Titanic in 1912 has mesmerized generations. It was so intriguing to NOAA maritime archaeologist James Delgado, he eventually led the hunt in 2010 to get answers about what happened when the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank a century ago.

Using 21st century technology, Delgado, 56, was the chief scientist on the ship that monitored robots diving, photographing and collecting data at the bottom of the sea with high-tech tools to develop an electronic archaeological site map that will be completed by next year. Keep reading →

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will save thousands of dollars by trading its fleet of BlackBerries for iPhones and iPads in the next few months.

CIO Joseph Klimavicz told Breaking Gov the change, expected to take place by June 1, would save substantial costs associated with managing BlackBerry devices. He declined to specify savings other than to say it would be “thousands of dollars” now spent on managing close to 3,000 devices. Keep reading →