Verizon, Microsoft deals put emphasis on mobile

Multi-billion dollar deals by Microsoft and Verizon show how critical mobile and wireless have become in the technology ecosystem. Even government contractors need to be able to talk about their mobile strategy.

4 nuggets from DISA industry day

During its industry day last week, DISA laid out its IT priorities, and its presentations offer a treasure trove of insights into where the defense agency is headed, and how contractors can play a role. Editor Nick Wakeman offers up four nuggets. Are there more?

Lessons from the fall of the Windows monopoly

Remember when the Justice Department accused Microsoft of being a monopoly? Well, those days are long over, and the rapid change in technology speaks volumes about the market, as well as where companies should focus their priorities.

Shift to solutions fuels Verizon success

As government agencies cut costs and look for efficiencies, Verizon public sector sees growth opportunities and contrat wins increase.

Dell buyout plan wins key endorsement

Michael Dell's plan to take Dell Inc. private moves forward, but winning final approval is just the beginning of what will be a long, hard journey.

Inside HP's NGEN team

HP Enterprise Services didn't win the $3.5 billion Navy NGEN contract all by its lonesome. We've got the details behind the roles and responsibilities of its largest teammates.

Do you have a commercial tech strategy?

If you don't, you're putting your business at risk. The use of commercial technology in the government is growing, and many companies are adapting their strategies to take advantage of a trend that is here to stay.

IBM creates chief innovation officer for federal business

Jane Snowdon brings her research skills and Smart Cities experience to IBM federal as the group's first chief innovation officer. What will be her focus?


The lifesaving imperative of adopting new technologies

With the rapid rise of new mobile and geospatial technologies hold the promising of reducing costs while increasing capabilities and above all, saving soldiers lives.


The noise surrounding LPTA, sequestration masks a deeper shift in the market

In this exclusive analysis, Washington Technology explores how the noise surrounding lowest price contracting and budget cuts are disguising a profound shift in the market. In part one of a two-part series, industry expert Jim Kane explores how this shift impacts contractors and the risks they take on in their government projects.

In-Q-Tel makes third investment in mobile camera tech

The CIA's In-Q-Tel investment group is backing Pelican Imagine, a developer of computational camera technology, as part of the company's $20 million round of funding.


2014 budget request points to new opportunities

Future opportunities will be split between areas the Office of Management and Budget can bring savings such as shared, services, consolidation and cloud computing and areas where more investment is needed such as mobility and cybersecurity. The challenge is knowing where to look for those opportunities.

How BlackBerry holds onto government users

Despite growing competition from Android and Apple, RIM says its security, support for BYOD policies and cross-platform management services appeal to agencies.

GSA takes closer look at IT portfolio

Following the release of the Digital Government Strategy, GSA CIO Casey Coleman says her agency will looks to review its IT portfolio as part of the federal IT reform.

Will Amazon's Fire kindle a new push for personal tech at work?

Amazon's new device may be less versatile than Apple's iPad, but it's also much less expensive. Expect the weeks after Christmas to bring it into the workplace.

Scrutiny of IT spending: The new normal

The executive order limiting agencies' ability to provide mobile devices, among other things, is unlikely to be the last measure tightening the limits.

Mobile computing: The sky's the limit, but the leash is short

FCW cartoonist John Klossner offers his take on the federal mobile IT policies.

Laptops in the classroom: tool or time-waster?

The rising use of laptops and mobile devices in class raises new policy questions and ancient philosophical debates.

VA adds tablets to contracting vehicle

The Veterans Affairs Department has added amendments to an upcoming major procurement vehicle to specify several types of tablets and light laptop computers it may want to buy.

Challenge IBM's Watson, see the best mobile apps and more at FOSE

On the FOSE 2011 show floor, you can match wits with Watson, hang out at the BlackBerry Lounge, spend time at the Mobile Apps Theater and take in a full roster of live demonstrations.