Jun 30, 2016

[session] The Factory of the Future, Today By @Cisco | @ThingsExpo #IoT #BigData #DigitalTransformation

IoT offers a value of almost $4 trillion to the manufacturing industry through platforms that can improve margins, optimize operations & drive high performance work teams. By using IoT technologies as a foundation, manufacturing customers are integrating worker safety with manufacturing systems, driving deep collaboration and utilizing analytics to exponentially increased per-unit margins. However, as Benoit Lheureux, the VP for Research at Gartner points out, “IoT project implementers often underestimate the complexity of IoT integration and overestimate the built-in integration capabilities of their IoT platforms.”

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Edge Hosting Partners with @CloudFlare | @CloudExpo @EdgeWebHosting #API #Cloud #Security

Edge Hosting has announced a partnership with and the availability of CloudFlare, a web application firewall, CDN and DDoS mitigation service. “This partnership enhances Edge Hosting’s world class, perimeter layer, application (layer 7) defensive mechanism,” said Mark Houpt, Edge Hosting CISO. “The goal was to enable a new layer of customer controlled defense and compliance through the application of DDoS filters and mitigations, the web application firewall (WAF) feature and the added benefit of response time generated by the content delivery network (CDN) feature.”

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HostSlim Launches New Website

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[session] Microservices IoT | @ThingsExpo @IBMIoT #IoT #Docker #OpenWhisk #Microservices

When people aren’t talking about VMs and containers, they’re talking about serverless architecture. Serverless is about no maintenance. It means you are not worried about low-level infrastructural and operational details. An event-driven serverless platform is a great use case for IoT. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Animesh Singh, an STSM and Lead for IBM Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, will detail how to build a distributed serverless, polyglot, microservices framework using open source technologies.

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[video] Cloud Centric Data Management | @CloudExpo @Commvault #DataCenter #Storage

As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. Commvault can ensure protection, access and E-Discovery of your data – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise. In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Randy De Meno, Chief Technologist - Windows Products and Microsoft Partnerships at Commvault, discussed how to cut costs, scale easily, and unleash insight with CommVault software, the only singular data and information management solution for cloud data protection and beyond.

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Presidio Receives @EMCcorp Partner Services Quality Award | @ThingsExpo @Presidio #IoT #DigitalTransformation

Presidio has received the 2015 EMC Partner Services Quality Award from EMC Corporation for achieving outstanding service excellence and customer satisfaction as measured by the EMC Partner Services Quality (PSQ) program. Presidio was also honored as the 2015 EMC Americas Marketing Excellence Partner of the Year and 2015 Mid-Market East Partner of the Year. The EMC PSQ program is a project-specific survey program designed for partners with Service Partner designations to solicit customer feedback regarding the quality of the partner’s service engagements. The awards were presented May 2-3, 2016 to Presidio at the 2016 EMC® World Global Partner Summit. This marks the eighth consecutive year Presidio has received the exclusive client service recognition.

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Twitter’s Evolution and What It Means for Your Government Account

Twitter has come a long way.  In ten years of evolution, we’ve seen Twitter go from a simple text messaging service to a versatile platform, which in the words of Twitter, provides a “rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines, and more.”

Now Twitter is offering additional enhancements to their service to make it easier to engage with customers and accomplish our mission.

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So what do all these upcoming changes mean for your government account?

  • Media links (photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets) will no longer count against your 140 character count, so more space to get your message across! As exciting as that is – don’t shut down your link-shortener account just yet. For the time being, URLs will still count against the 140 character limit.

Screen capture of an empty "compose new tweet" box with the media icons and character count circled in red.

  • @names will no longer count against the 140-character limit in replies. Plus, Twitter has increased the “@names” field to 50, up from 10, included in your reply without being counted in your character count. The upside is now you can talk directly to 50 people instead of just 10, the downside is the greater potential exposure to spam.

Screen capture of a "compose new tweet" box with a line of text that reads, "Have a direct conversation with up to 50 at-names - Free."

  • When you start a new Tweet with an @name, you will no longer need to put a period in front of the “@” character to have the Tweet seen by all your followers.

Screen capture of a "compose new tweet" box that reads, "period-at-name is now the same as at-name!"

  • Replying to a tweet still means simply hitting the reply button. Your reply will still be visible to people who follow both you and the person you’re replying to.

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  • However, now you can make replies visible to all by retweeting yourself and quoting your own tweets. This is a great feature if you need to update a Tweet, provide additional information, or clarify something. In other words, less hassle and better looking Tweets.

A screen capture of a USCIC tweet with the re-tweet icon circled in red

Twitter’s changes are geared toward streamlining their platform and making it more user-friendly. As communicators, these changes will simplify our efforts, save us time, and allow us more space to broadcast our message to the public we serve.


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Canadian dollar gains as oil, global stocks rally

Canadian dollar gains as oil, global stocks rally
Yahoo News - 16 hours ago
TORONTO (Reuters) - The risk-sensitive Canadian dollar gained against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday as global financial markets stabilized for a second straight day following volatility triggered by Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

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Canadian dollar gains as oil, global stocks rally

Canadian Dollar Advances for Third Day Before Report on Economy

Canadian Dollar Advances for Third Day Before Report on Economy
Bloomberg - 34 minutes ago
Hedge funds and other large speculators trimmed their net bullish position on the Canadian dollar to 2,595 contracts as of June 21, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

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Canadian Dollar Advances for Third Day Before Report on Economy

Canadian dollar a 'risky bet' amid Brexit turmoil, CIBC warns

Canadian dollar a 'risky bet' amid Brexit turmoil, CIBC warns
The Globe and Mail (subscription) - 27 minutes ago
The Canadian dollar may have fared better than some in the post-Brexit volatility but it appears to be a “risky bet” going forward, CIBC warned today.

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Canadian dollar a 'risky bet' amid Brexit turmoil, CIBC warns

Jun 29, 2016

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The Morning Ledger: Canadian Dollar Weakness Helps Costco

The Morning Ledger: Canadian Dollar Weakness Helps Costco
Wall Street Journal (blog) - 17 hours ago
A weak Canadian dollar and a quirk in U.S. tax rules allowed Costco Wholesale Corp. to repatriate more than $1.5 billion dollars over two years, virtually tax-free, Vipal Monga reports.

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The Morning Ledger: Canadian Dollar Weakness Helps Costco

Canadian Dollar to US Dollar, Pound and Euro, Overview of Pairs, Charts and ...

Canadian Dollar to US Dollar, Pound and Euro, Overview of Pairs, Charts and ...
Pound Sterling Live - 6 hours ago
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North American stock markets and Canadian dollar continue resurgence

North American stock markets and Canadian dollar continue resurgence
News1130 - 3 hours ago
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 198.23 points at 17,607.95, the broader S&P 500 composite index advanced 25.67 points to 2,061.76 and the Nasdaq composite gained 63.97 points to 4,755.84.
North American stock markets, dollar recovering from 'Brexit' - Times Colonist

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North American stock markets and Canadian dollar continue resurgence

North American stock markets and Canadian dollar continue resurgence

North American stock markets and Canadian dollar continue resurgence
680 News - 31 minutes ago
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 198.23 points at 17,607.95, the broader S&P 500 composite index advanced 25.67 points to 2,061.76 and the Nasdaq composite gained 63.97 points to 4,755.84.

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The Data Briefing: Innovating Processes the Lean and Agile Way

Business processes have fascinated me since I took an undergraduate philosophy course in modern business management. A part-time professor who was a management consultant by day taught this unusual class. Perhaps business management thinking was first experimenting with ideas that would later lead to the agile and lean movement today. From this class I learned that nearly all organizational issues could be traced back to bad processes rather than poor workers. Bad processes could ruin even the most effective and engaged workforce.

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In today’s world of big data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the rise of smarter artificial intelligence (AI) applications, processes have become even more vital. Processes are how work is done. The great benefits of big data, cloud computing, IoT, and AI are realized through good processes. Conversely, bad processes can ruin the value of the above-listed innovations. However, this is not the first time that organizations realized the need to innovate processes.

Business process re-engineering was highly popular in the early 90s but quickly lost favor as organizations were accused of using re-engineering to reduce headcounts and legitimize unpopular budget decisions. Most organizations abandoned business process re-engineering when the actual results did not meet expectations. So, what is different about improving processes today?

There are two major innovations in creating and managing processes. The first innovation is adaptive case management (ACM). ACM reverses the traditional way of creating processes by starting with a very simple process model and evolving the model as employees work through cases. Think of the ACM process as a “minimally viable process” that is continually refined based on user feedback represented as cases. Traditional processes may work more efficiently but can become obsolete as situations and technologies change. Traditional processes also have difficulty dealing with change while ACM thrives on change.

The second innovation is process mining. This innovation can be used with traditional processes or with ACM. Like data mining, process mining examines the data created by processes. Here, process data (referred to as “event logs”) detail who did what in a process, how long it took to perform a process step, and the journey through the process steps. Process mining can uncover a process in a complex work situation, ensure conformity to an existing process model, or reveal ways to refine a process.

Applying agile and lean methods has revolutionized how we build applications, collect data, and manage information. Perhaps applying agile and lean methods to business processes is nothing new, as evidenced by how the Navy used innovative project management techniques to build the Trident submarines in the 1950s. However, with the convergence of new information technologies, using agile and lean methods to revolutionize the creation and management of processes can greatly influence how federal agencies and the federal workforce serve the American public.

Each week, The Data Briefing showcases the latest federal data news and trends.

Dr. William Brantley is the Training Administrator for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Global Intellectual Property Academy. You can find out more about his personal work in open data, analytics, and related topics at BillBrantley.com. All opinions are his own and do not reflect the opinions of the USPTO or GSA.


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Why the Canadian dollar is a 'safe(r) haven' amid Brexit turmoil

Why the Canadian dollar is a 'safe(r) haven' amid Brexit turmoil
The Globe and Mail (subscription) - 19 minutes ago
As Bank of Nova Scotia puts it today, it's a “safe(r) haven” compared to several other currencies after the turmoil that followed the Brexit referendum results last week.

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Why the Canadian dollar is a 'safe(r) haven' amid Brexit turmoil

Jun 28, 2016

Costco Used Weak Canadian Dollar to Repatriate Funds

Costco Used Weak Canadian Dollar to Repatriate Funds
Wall Street Journal (blog) - 1 hour ago
A weak Canadian dollar and a quirk in U.S. tax rules allowed Costco Wholesale Corp. to repatriate more than $1.5 billion dollars over two years, virtually tax-free.

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Costco Used Weak Canadian Dollar to Repatriate Funds

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Canadian dollar and TSX continue their descent following Brexit vote

Canadian dollar and TSX continue their descent following Brexit vote
Vancouver Sun - Jun 27, 2016
TORONTO - The Canadian dollar is continuing its descent as markets around the world continue to take stock of last week's Brexit vote.

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Canadian dollar and TSX continue their descent following Brexit vote

WCMS and Custom APIs—Which One Is Right for You?

Gray Brooks of GSA, gave us a great definition of APIs in the DigitalGov University (DGU) presentation, Introduction to APIs.

He described APIs as “Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, are web services that allow people to more easily consume content and data in multiple ways—via mobile devices, mobile apps, innovative mash-ups, and much more.” Simply put, “APIs are a better way to get government information and services into the hands of the people who need them.”

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Here are two examples of APIs that can be enhance content offerings when integrated into a site.

The We the People API allows for petitions to third-party platforms (including other petition services, personal blogs, and websites) in order to spread the word and help gather even more signatures. Any signatures collected this way, once validated, will count towards the signature threshold needed for a petition to receive an official White House response.

Screen capture of We the People Developers API page.

 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provides accessibility to recalls via a recall database. The information is publicly available to consumers and businesses as well as software and application developers.

Screen captrue of the Consumer Product Safety Commission's Recall API page

These are just a couple of examples of government API offerings that can be integrated into a site. Both of these solutions are written to fit various web content management systems (CMS or WCMS).

The next big question: WCMS APIs or Custom APIs?

A CMS is a system used to manage the content of a Web site. Typically, a CMS consists of two elements: the content management application (CMA) and the content delivery application (CDA). The CMA element allows the content manager or author, who may not know Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), to work within a set framework. This includes managing the creation, modification, and removal of content from a Web site without needing the expertise of a Webmaster. The CDA element uses and compiles that information to update the Web site. The features of a CMS system vary, but most include web-based publishing, format management, revision control, and indexing, search, and retrieval. A WCMS API is specific to the platform and tool that is been developed for.

On the other hand, custom APIs are any RESTful APIs that you can bring in and use with your PowerApps and Logic Flows. These APIs can be hosted anywhere, as long as a well-documented specification that conforms to the OpenAPI standard is available.

Which One is Right for You?

There are several schools of thought on the differences between the two options. You and many others in the Federal government may not have resources to hire developers to create a Custom API. In this instance, an out of the box solution (plug-in) might do the trick for what you need. Implementing this approach enables development teams to focus on building the specific products instead of putting the time into setting up servers and services configuration, which is time-consuming, and complex.

Custom APIs allow a bit of flexibility.  Custom API’s look “beyond the page” and present a new paradigm with infinite possibility.  They provide high flexibility at “site” or agency level but can lead to high complexity across agencies.  Finally, they lend themselves to developer communities and education.

Utilizing an assortment of tools can enhance your web site – public or private. Whatever option you go with, the integration of APIs into your content must be a consideration going forward.

To learn more about APIs and how they are helping government agencies serve their customers, check out DigitalGov’s API articles and Code/APIs/Data playlist on YouTube.


by Toni Bonitto via DigitalGov

Canadian dollar firms as markets stabilize after Brexit-related volatility

Canadian dollar firms as markets stabilize after Brexit-related volatility
Reuters Canada - 3 minutes ago
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Canadian dollar firms as markets stabilize after Brexit-related volatility

How to Maximize #SaaS Revenue with @_Anexia | @CloudExpo #BigData

SaaS companies can greatly expand revenue potential by pushing beyond their own borders. The challenge is how to do this without degrading service quality. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Adam Rogers, Managing Director at Anexia, discussed how IaaS providers with a global presence and both virtual and dedicated infrastructure can help companies expand their service footprint with low “go-to-market” costs.

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Jun 27, 2016

One Size Does Not Fit All: Agile in the Public Sector | @DevOpsSummit @CollabNet #Agile #DevOps

CollabNet has a long history helping the federal market build quality software at speed, including the Department of Defense (DoD), which is, believe it or not, one of the most active software developers in the world. Federal software needs range widely — from military and defense systems, to communications, command and control and operations — so you can imagine how complex the development and delivery processes have become. With so many layers of DoD software development, corralling the systems into a manageable workflow is an enormous task, and that’s where Forge.mil comes in.

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Canadian dollar and TSX continue their descent following Brexit vote

Canadian dollar and TSX continue their descent following Brexit vote
The Province - 6 hours ago
TORONTO - The Canadian dollar is continuing its descent as markets around the world continue to take stock of last week's Brexit vote.

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Canadian dollar and TSX continue their descent following Brexit vote

Brexit Is 'Kryptonite For The Canadian Dollar,' But Helpful For Indebted Consumers

Brexit Is 'Kryptonite For The Canadian Dollar,' But Helpful For Indebted Consumers
Huffington Post Canada - 7 minutes ago
The Canadian dollar tracks commodity prices, particularly oil, and commodity prices have been doing badly since Brexit. The North American benchmark oil price fell by some $3 per barrel Friday after Brexit, and was down by another half a dollar on ...

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Brexit Is 'Kryptonite For The Canadian Dollar,' But Helpful For Indebted Consumers

Pound (GBP) Loses Further Ground against Canadian Dollar (CAD) as Brexit ...

Pound (GBP) Loses Further Ground against Canadian Dollar (CAD) as Brexit ...
Exchange Rates UK - 2 hours ago
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NASA Space Apps Challenge: 2016 Global Winners!

We’re thrilled to announce the Space Apps 2016 Global Award Winners!! These projects well represent the best of the best innovative thinking this year. Congratulations to all the teams. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming NASA launch in Florida.

Logos on computer of Space Apps Canaria Team Member.

Best Use of Data: Scintilla, created at the Space Apps Pasadena, California main stage event, mitigates the impact of poor air quality in the global community by democratizing air quality data collection. Leveraging social media and text analysis, the Scintilla web portal collects and displays real time human sentiment on air pollution. Scintilla solves the AirCheck challenge to develop an app or platform to crowd-source data on environmental factors that affect human health.

Space Apps 2016 Global Best Use of Data Awardee Scintilla Pasadena.

Best Use of Hardware: Canaria, created by a team at Space Apps London, is a 3-D printed earpiece designed as a lifeline to the wearer, simultaneously monitoring heart rate, blood oxygen, and atmospheric CO2 levels. Named after the canaries used by Victorian miners as a warning system in areas of dangerous air pockets, Canaria has an audible danger threshold alarm to alert the wearer. Canaria solves the Rock-IT Space Fashion and Design Challenge to create out-of-this-world fashion with function that will collect or distribute data through technology to provide interconnectivity, health, or entertainment.

Space Apps 2016 Global Best Use of Hardware Awardee Canaria of London.

Best Mission Concept: FractalNet, created at Space Apps Greensboro in North Carolina, is a network of wireless devices to provide communications in a subterranean Earth environment, such as caves or lava tubes on the moon, Mars, or asteroids, where radio communications are not possible beyond short line-of-sight distances. Key to the concept is the Data Glove, the link between mobile nodes and base station. FractalNet also solves the Rock-IT challenge.

Space Apps 2016 Best Mission Concept FractalNet of Greensboro, NC.

Galactic Impact: Live Ice Velocity Estimation (L.I.V.E.) Glacier Project, created at Space Apps Rome in Italy, is a web tool that provides near real-time visualizations of glacier surfaces, an indicator of climate change, in conjunction with the GLANCY app to collect crowd-sourced glacier photos to support scientific analysis and awareness of environmental impact. L.I.V.E solves the Earth Live challenge to develop a web tool or app to leverage NASA/ESA satellite imagery and climate data to illustrate impacts of our changing Earth.

Space Apps 2016 Global Galactic Impact Awardee LIVE Glacier Project of Rome.

Most Inspirational: Kid On The Moon, created by a team at Space Apps Toronto in Canada, is an interactive app with a self-guided exploration of the Moon to inspire passion for space travel in children 4-8 years old and their families. This project solves the Book It To The Moon challenge to create an interactive app for children to use a smart phone or tablet to locate the Moon and unlock lunar data, images, and stories.

Space Apps 2016 Global Most Inspirational Awardee Kid on the Moon of Toronto.

People’s Choice Award: Mars Hopper, created at Space Apps Kiev in Ukraine, is a concept plane designed to investigate the Mars poles and its surroundings, using dry ice, or CO2, from the surface of the planet as jet fuel. Mars Hopper solves the Jet Set Mars challenge to design a conceptual mobility device to allow easy and rapid exploration of difficult Martian terrain.

Space Apps 2016 People's Choice Winner Mars Hopper of Ukraine.

This post was originally published on the openNASA blog.

Interested in participating in the Space Apps Challenge next year? Read Space Apps Behind the Scenes: Judging + Process. Is your agency considering hosting a challenge competition, or not yet sure which is the best route to take? Check out Challenge, Contract, or Grant – Which tool is right for the job?. You can also join a DigitalGov Community of Practice to connect with and learn from others in government, like Challenges & Prizes, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, and Mobile Gov.


by Toni Bonitto via DigitalGov

Canada's dollar, TSX decline in early trade

Canada's dollar, TSX decline in early trade
Northumberland News - 3 hours ago
TORONTO - The Canadian dollar is continuing its descent as markets around the world continue to take stock of last week's Brexit vote.

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Canada's dollar, TSX decline in early trade

Incident Management with Cloud-Based Targeted Communications | @CloudExpo @xMatters_inc #API #Cloud

xMatters for the Enterprise DevOps toolchain stitches together the disparate operational tools to help orchestrate hand-offs between the tools and team members. Customers like us because we understand the need for DevOps or NoOps automation at enterprise scale and recognize that humans are still involved when something goes wrong.

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[slides] DevOps in a Heterogeneous World | @DevOpsSummit @CollabNet #Agile #DevOps

Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor – all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organizations must focus on what is most relevant to deliver value, reduce IT complexity, create more repeatable agile-based processes and leverage increasingly secure and stable, cloud-based infrastructure platforms.

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Canadian dollar and TSX continue their descent following Brexit vote

Canadian dollar and TSX continue their descent following Brexit vote
Winnipeg Free Press - 22 minutes ago
TORONTO - The Canadian dollar is continuing its descent as markets around the world continue to take stock of last week's Brexit vote.
CANADA STOCKS-Futures down as oil drops, Brexit concerns weigh - Reuters

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Canadian dollar and TSX continue their descent following Brexit vote

Four Key Takeaways for Application Performance and Monitoring | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps

Designing for performance is absolutely essential; but runtime is so crazy a variable that we can reasonably blame too-early optimization for a non-negligible chunk of lousy UX and unmaintainable code. The latest Guide to Performance and Monitoring covers both the static and dynamic, the verifiable and the unknowable sides of building and maintaining performant applications.

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Canadian dollar slips in early trading

Canadian dollar slips in early trading
Times Colonist - 20 minutes ago
The Canadian dollar is trading at 76.81 cents US this morning, down 0.12 of a cent from Friday's close. The U.S. dollar is trading at C$1.3020, up 0.21 of a cent.

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Canadian dollar slips in early trading

[video] IBM's Hybrid Approach to Hybrid Cloud | @CloudExpo @IBM @SoftLayer #Cloud #DevOps

What does it look like when you have access to cloud infrastructure and platform under the same roof? Let’s talk about the different layers of Technology as a Service: who cares, what runs where, and how does it all fit together. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Lead Technology Evangelist at SoftLayer, an IBM company, spoke about the picture being painted by IBM Cloud and how the tools being crafted can help fill the gaps in your IT infrastructure.

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Jun 26, 2016

[video] Zero to Cloud in 60 Minutes | @CloudExpo @Accelerite #API #Cloud

The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between what is available in the public cloud and the early private clouds?

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[video] Ensuring Successful User Experiences | @DevOpsSummit @AppNeta #API #Cloud #DevOps

Your business relies on your applications and your employees to stay in business. Whether you develop apps or manage business critical apps that help fuel your business, what happens when users experience sluggish performance? You and all technical teams across the organization – application, network, operations, among others, as well as, those outside the organization, like ISPs and third-party providers – are called in to solve the problem.

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Fog Computing: Answering the IoT Challenge | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #FogComputing

Fog Computing is being touted as the data communication solution our Internet of Things (IoT) devices are asking for by bringing the power of cloud computing closer to the end user. The fact is, the number of connected devices is going to continue to grow exponentionally. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2020 IoT will include 26 billion connected things. Consider the impact that amount of data collected and processed will have.

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Record Numbers Discuss Cloud and Ops at @CloudExpo NY | #IoT #Cloud #BigData #DevOps

Cloud Expo 2016 New York at the Javits Center New York was characterized by increased attendance and a new focus on operations. These were both encouraging signs for all involved in Cloud Computing and all that it touches. As Conference Chair, I work with the Cloud Expo team to structure three keynotes, numerous general sessions, and more than 150 breakout sessions along 10 tracks. Our job is to balance the state of enterprise IT today with the trends that will be commonplace tomorrow. Mobile Computing, Big Data and Analytics, the Internet of Things, Platforms and Microservices and Containers, DevOps, and WebRTC are all part and parcel of Cloud Computing today.

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Pound to Canadian Dollar Rate Breaks Below Key 1.75 Lows, Threatens More Downside

Pound to Canadian Dollar Rate Breaks Below Key 1.75 Lows, Threatens More Downside
Pound Sterling Live - 15 hours ago
A break below key lows in the 1.75s following Brexit has led to the formation of an ominous looking top for the GBP/CAD pair. The British pound was trading 7.54% lower at 1.7660 versus the Canadian dollar (loonie) on the day after the EU referendum ...
Pound Sterling to Canadian Dollar Forecast: Gold Price Surge & Brexit See CAD ... - Exchange Rates UK

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Pound to Canadian Dollar Rate Breaks Below Key 1.75 Lows, Threatens More Downside

Jun 25, 2016

[slides] Best Practices in Operating Hybrid Infrastructure | @CloudExpo @RackNgo #Cloud

The pace of innovation, vendor lock-in, production sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and managing risk… In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Dan Choquette, Founder of RackN, discussed how CIOs are challenged finding the balance of finding the right tools, technology and operational model that serves the business the best. He also discussed how clouds, open source software and infrastructure solutions have benefits but also drawbacks and how workload and operational portability between vendors and platforms give control back to the users and drives innovation.

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[video] DevOps Patterns and Anti-Patterns | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

In the world of DevOps there are ‘known good practices’ – aka ‘patterns’ – and ‘known bad practices’ – aka ‘anti-patterns.' Many of these patterns and anti-patterns have been developed from real world experience, especially by the early adopters of DevOps theory; but many are more feasible in theory than in practice, especially for more recent entrants to the DevOps scene. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists discussed the patterns and anti-patterns of DevOps, and what it means to ‘do the right thing’ in a DevOps way, but in the real world.

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5 ways Brexit could hurt Canadian pocketbooks

5 ways Brexit could hurt Canadian pocketbooks
CBC.ca - 6 hours ago
To sum it up, Brexit remains a concern for the Canadian economy, but we're not taking a direct hit - at least not yet. The implosion of the European Union would have more serious consequences for this country.
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Digital Transformation: From Hype and Myth to Reality and Pragmatism | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Too many myths and hypes create the confusion around digital transformation. Digital transformation isn't a technology change matter, it's primarily about transforming business models: infrastructure and operating model. Digital transformation when tackled with proven methodologies and approaches isn't as complex as it seems, they provide the step-by-step guide, the logic, and the tools to make it easy.

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Beyond the Earthbound Cloud – The Next Evolution of Data Storage | @CloudExpo #Cloud

One of the greatest challenges facing business and government organizations is how to store and move sensitive data around the world while maintaining security. Storing and securing critical data held within data centers (whether physical or virtual) is top of mind from the boardroom to the remote data center. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, spending on private cloud IT infrastructure in 2015 will grow by 15.8 percent year over year to $12.1 billion, while spending on public cloud IT infrastructure will increase by 29.6 percent to $20.5 billion.

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Security Has Heightened Role in Mobile Environment | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Advances in thin clients, desktop virtualization (VDI), cloud management services, and mobile delivery networks are allowing both increased security and edge applications performance gains. The next BriefingsDirect thought leadership panel discussion focuses on the heightened role of security in the age of global cloud and mobile delivery of apps and data. As enterprises and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) alike weigh the balance of apps and convenience with security -- a new dynamic is emerging. Security concerns increasingly dwarf other architecture considerations. Yet advances in thin clients, desktop virtualization (VDI), cloud management services, and mobile delivery networks are allowing both increased security and edge applications performance gains.

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Canadian dollar drops most in 6 years as TSX heads for deep dive on opening

Canadian dollar drops most in 6 years as TSX heads for deep dive on opening
Edmonton Journal - 22 hours ago
Canadian stock-index futures sank after Britons voted to exit the European Union in a surprise victory for the “Leave” side that roiled global markets.

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Canadian dollar drops most in 6 years as TSX heads for deep dive on opening

[slides] From IT Service Management to DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

CIOs and those charged with running IT Operations are challenged to deliver secure, audited, and reliable compute environments for the applications and data for the business. Behind the scenes these tasks are often accomplished by following onerous time-consuming processes and often the management of these environments and processes will be outsourced to multiple IT service providers. In addition, the division of work is often siloed into traditional "towers" that are not well integrated for cross-functional purposes. So, when traditional IT Service Management (ITSM) meets the cloud, and equally, DevOps, there is invariably going to be conflict.

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[slides] The Future of the Internet of Things | @ThingsExpo #IoT #API

Connected devices and the industrial internet are growing exponentially every year with Cisco expecting 50 billion devices to be in operation by 2020. In this period of growth, location-based insights are becoming invaluable to many businesses as they adopt new connected technologies. Knowing when and where these devices connect from is critical for a number of scenarios in supply chain management, disaster management, emergency response, M2M, location marketing and more. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mario Proietti, CEO of LocationSmart, discussed how Internet connectivity enables location-based services to take advantage of everything available on the World Wide Web and how this data helps expand the possibilities for how we communicate, collaborate and commute.

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[video] Cloud Is Now Mainstream ‘Power Panel’ | @CloudExpo #Cloud

The initial debate is over: Any enterprise with a serious commitment to IT is migrating to the cloud. But things are not so simple. There is a complex mix of on-premises, colocated, and public-cloud deployments. In this power panel at 18th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Randy De Meno, Chief Technologist - Windows Products and Microsoft Partnerships at Commvault; Dave Landa, Chief Operating Officer at kintone; William Morrish, General Manager Product Sales at Interoute; and Nara Rajagopalan, CEO at Accelerite; looked at the present state of cloud from the C-level view, and how great companies and rock star executives can use cloud computing to meet their most ambitious and disruptive business goals.

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Jun 24, 2016

What the low dollar means for your summer vacation

What the low dollar means for your summer vacation
The Globe and Mail (subscription) - 8 hours ago
Has currency killed U.S.-bound vacations this summer? My wife and are finally going to Newfoundland in August and currency is one of the reasons.

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White House: Challenges, Citizen Science Among Top Innovation Efforts of Past 8 Years

The White House this week released a report detailing the impact of 100 initiatives that have expanded U.S. capacity in science, technology and innovation over the past eight years.

Evident throughout the report is the influence of Challenge.gov and CitizenScience.gov, two open innovation programs managed by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

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In fact, among the top 15 examples in the report are the increased use of prize competitions and expanded opportunities for citizen science and crowdsourcing, both areas where GSA is helping to lead the charge.

No. 14 addresses prize competitions:

“Since 2010, more than 80 Federal agencies have engaged 250,000 Americans through more than 700 challenges on Challenge.gov to address tough problems ranging from fighting Ebola, to decreasing the cost of solar energy, to blocking illegal robocalls. These competitions have made more than $220 million available to entrepreneurs and innovators and have led to the formation of over 275 startup companies with over $70 million in follow-on funding, creating over 1,000 new jobs.”

No. 15 is all about citizen science:

“The Administration has expanded opportunities, including those efforts listed on CitizenScience.gov, for research agencies to work with citizen scientists and use crowdsourcing approaches. For example, federal agencies have used these approaches to improve predictive models for coastal change and vulnerability to extreme storms, and to tag millions of archival records for the National Archives. Researchers have estimated that the in-kind contributions of more than a million citizen-science volunteers to biodiversity research alone have had an economic value of up to $2.5 billion per year.”

But that’s not all. To list all of the programs touched by open innovation and public engagement would be to duplicate nearly the entire report, which we won’t do. You can read its entirety on the White House website.

Here are just a few more examples of how GSA, Challenge.gov and CitizenScience.gov are making a difference:

No. 12: Made more than 180,000 Federal datasets and collections available to students, entrepreneurs, and the public. More than 180,000 federal datasets and collections have been made available on GSA’s Data.gov.

No. 27: Launched an initiative to bridge the “30 million word gap.” This effort, which seeks to eliminate literacy gaps between low-income students and their affluent peers, included a prize competition launched on Challenge.gov.

No. 31: Fostered a nation of makers. NASA, both by way of its many centennial challenges and its Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation, has sponsored numerous challenges focused on additive manufacturing, including the 3D-Printed Habitat Design Challenge and NASA Handrail Clamp Assembly Challenge, as well as others supporting next-generation robotics, advanced medicine, and novel satellite design, to name a few.

No. 33: Prioritized reducing the time and cost to develop advanced materials. This initiative included the Materials Science and Engineering Data Challenge, which offered $50,000 in prizes for innovative approaches to using public digital data to discover or model new material properties.

No. 34: Supported next-generation robotics. Cited in this example is the DARPA Robotics Challenge, which saw 25 robotics teams from around the world demonstrate disaster-response operations that pushed the field forward.

No. 36: Accelerated the transition of research discoveries from lab to market. The National Institutes of Health’s Breast Cancer Startup Challenge helped start new companies based on unlicensed but promising interventions.

No. 46: Improving mental health through data-driven innovation. At this year’s Health Datapalooza, the Department of Health and Human Services launched two new challenges: A Bill You Can Understand and Move Health Data Forward.

No. 47: Began a broad effort to understand and explore the microbiome. The National Microbiome Initiative kicked off last month and will include an effort to expand the workforce in this area through citizen science and public engagement.

No. 57: Contributed to the rapidly declining cost of renewable-energy technologies. The Department of Energy efforts in this space include prize competitions, such as the Sunshot Catalyst series, to address issues in the U.S. solar marketplace.

No. 58: Improved energy productivity. The $15 million Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize, or L-Prize, is one of more than 700 challenges listed on Challenge.gov.

No. 67: Deployed open innovation approaches to reduce nutrients in waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency has launched several competitions focused on nutrients, whether evaluating nutrient pollution or looking at innovative ways to recycle nutrients from livestock manure.

No. 71: Expanded the use of technology to fight wildlife trafficking. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge features 16 initial winners now competing for a chance to win $500,000 by scaling their solutions.

As you can see, this impact report from the White House shows that open innovation is spreading throughout the federal government and is helping agencies address issues of national importance.

In many cases, they are doing it through methods such as prize competitions and citizen science, opening up a direct line with the public to find meaningful solutions.


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[video] Opening Keynote at @ThingsExpo | #IoT #Bitcoin #Ethereum #Blockchain

In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereum.

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Canadian dollar drops most in 6 years as TSX heads for deep dive on opening

Canadian dollar drops most in 6 years as TSX heads for deep dive on opening
Financial Post - 2 hours ago
The Canadian dollar joined the global market decline after Britain's historic vote to leave the European Union, plunging the most in six years against the U.S.

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Canadian dollar drops most in 6 years as TSX heads for deep dive on opening

[video] @ThingsExpo Keynote By @DHinchcliffe | #IoT #Cloud

A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, which can process our conversational commands and orchestrate the outcomes we request across our personal and professional realm of connected devices.

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How Information Security Threats Have Evolved | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security

Information security has become a critical priority for many businesses over the past decade, and for good reason. It seems like a new breach is exposed on nearly a daily basis, impacting another organization and its patrons. However, some companies believe that they're safe because they're either too small or too big to be affected by any of these cyberattacks. The truth is that groups of all sizes from Target to your local dentist are being hacked or having their data compromised, and it's causing a major upheaval in the security community.

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[video] A Millennial Approach to Storage | @CloudExpo @HGSTStorage #Cloud

Creating replica copies to tolerate a certain number of failures is easy, but very expensive at cloud-scale. Conventional RAID has lower overhead, but it is limited in the number of failures it can tolerate. And the management is like herding cats (overseeing capacity, rebuilds, migrations, and degraded performance). Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing for the HGST Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit, discussed how a new approach is necessary, one that supports the attributes of the cloud with the millions of applications and users depending on it for their business and personal lives. Object storage is the millennial approach to cloud-based data storage, archival, retrieval and cost. Why? Because it delivers significantly higher data reliability and allows virtually unlimited expansion for storage. Perfect for a hash-tagging, selfie-taking, always communicating and collaborating in an on-demand world.

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Canadian Dollar Declines Most in 6 Years After U.K. Votes Brexit

Canadian Dollar Declines Most in 6 Years After U.K. Votes Brexit
Bloomberg - 1 hour ago
The Canadian dollar joined the global market decline after Britain's historic vote to leave the European Union, plunging the most in six years against the U.S.

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Canadian Dollar Declines Most in 6 Years After U.K. Votes Brexit

Canadian dollar loses 1.5 cents, British pound plunges after Britons vote to ...

Canadian dollar loses 1.5 cents, British pound plunges after Britons vote to ...
CBC.ca - 1 hour ago
The pound slumped to its lowest in more than three decades on Friday and the Canadian dollar posted its worst loss in six years after results in Britain's referendum on EU membership showed the Leave side had won.
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The case for going long on Canadian stocks in any Brexit outcome

The case for going long on Canadian stocks in any Brexit outcome
Financial Post - 14 hours ago
The U.K. is Canada's fifth-largest trading partner, with about US$21.2 billion in total trade last year, compared with more than US$540 billion for the U.S.. Osborne estimates the Canadian dollar, or loonie, may strengthen to as high as $1.2650 in the ...

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Jun 23, 2016

4 ways Brexit could affect Canadians

4 ways Brexit could affect Canadians
Toronto Star - 10 hours ago
A Brexit could throw the British economy into turmoil, weakening the pound against the U.S. dollar. U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen warned that a hike to the dollar caused by European uncertainty could slow the U.S. economy by discouraging trade.

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4 ways Brexit could affect Canadians

US grain and oilseed review: Canola declines with…

US grain and oilseed review: Canola declines with…
Western Producer (subscription) - 1 hour ago
ICE Futures Canada canola ended lower on Thursday, pressured by gains in the Canadian dollar ahead of a key decision from Britain.

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[video] Static vs Dynamic Cloud By @NewRelic | @CloudExpo #Cloud

In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.

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[video] Protect Your Organization with BMC BladeLogic | @CloudExpo @BMCSoftware #Cloud

Digital Initiatives create new ways of conducting business, which drive the need for increasingly advanced security and regulatory compliance challenges with exponentially more damaging consequences. In the BMC and Forbes Insights Survey in 2016, 97% of executives said they expect a rise in data breach attempts in the next 12 months. Sixty percent said operations and security teams have only a general understanding of each other’s requirements, resulting in a “SecOps gap” leaving organizations unable to mobilize to protect themselves. The result: many enterprises face unnecessary risks to data loss and production downtime.

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[video] Bringing IoT from Industry to Society | @ThingsExpo @Ericsson #IoT

It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his Day 2 Keynote at @ThingsExpo, Henrik Kenani Dahlgren, Portfolio Marketing Manager at Ericsson, discussed how to plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the world and how it starts with business models and monetization strategies.

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TSX climbs 128 points; Canadian dollar up

TSX climbs 128 points; Canadian dollar up
Times Colonist - 42 minutes ago
The enthusiasm spilled over into currency markets, where the Canadian dollar joined the euro and the British pound in rising against the U.S.
TSX, loonie higher as Brexit fears ease - Toronto Star

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TSX climbs 128 points; Canadian dollar up

Using Plain Language to Bridge the Gap Between Government and Industry

Much of our work with government partners to deliver better digital services has resulted in full websites, applications, and embarking on large-scale transformation efforts. In addition to those types of projects, we also work on shorter, faster, smaller-scale projects designed to show our partners different points of view and different techniques to approach their most challenging problems.

Recently, we partnered with the Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS) here within the General Services Administration (GSA) on a four-month effort to develop a plain language guide, informed by research and interviews, to help technology companies interested in doing business with the federal government better understand how to join IT Schedule 70.

This effort is part of a series of projects GSA has undertaken under a broader initiative called Making It Easier (MIE for short). The goal of MIE is to enable new and innovative companies to do business with the government and supply small businesses with the tools and support they need to do work with the government. Part of the MIE strategy is to make working with GSA as flexible and easy as possible by simplifying and streamlining processes.

Understanding IT Schedule 70

IT Schedule 70 is the largest multi-agency government contract vehicle to purchase technology products and services. Private vendors apply to GSA to be added to IT Schedule 70, then federal agencies use that list of vendors to fulfill their technology products and services needs. It’s a unique type of contract, in that other federal, state, and local government agencies can order from it using a streamlined process that typically takes far less time and effort than the award of a standard, “bespoke,” contract between an agency and company.

As we heard during interviews with vendors, it can be challenging to understand whether IT Schedule 70 is the right program for them. Further, after a vendor knows that they do want to be part this particular schedule program, it can be hard to figure out how to apply.

18F experienced these challenges firsthand as we embarked on the creation of the Agile BPA last year. The Agile BPA is a type of contract 18F is now using to deliver great digital services to our partner agencies, and it’s based on IT Schedule 70. When we first announced this effort, we heard from a lot of vendors who were interested in being a part of it, but found the process of getting on IT Schedule 70 daunting.

Both the vendors who go through the process to join IT Schedule 70 and the GSA contracting officers who work with them acknowledge that the process can feel muddied and difficult to navigate. Both parties also acknowledge that the process can take a relatively long time to complete — sometimes the better part of a year, particularly for vendors who are newer to the federal acquisition process.

Improving the application process

18F and ITS share a desire to make the user experience for vendors applying to IT Schedule 70 smoother and more successful. The combination of ITS’ contracting expertise and 18F’s user-centered approach were key as we began to build on research from the Federal Acquisition Service and the Office of Customer Experience (both offices inside GSA) as we learned what and how to communicate with vendors who might be qualified candidates for the IT Schedule 70 program.

We talked with vendors about their experiences with the IT Schedule 70 process, what they had the most trouble with, and what information needed to be clarified. We also talked with contracting officers to see where they saw the most mistakes being made as they reviewed the offers submitted by vendors. In the end, we took all of the information we gathered and combined it with the results of a content audit and brainstorming sessions to write a step by step guide to what people need to know when submitting an offer for an IT Schedule 70 contract.

A screenshot from the I.T. Schedule 70 guide.

This project might seem out of the norm for 18F. Maybe it doesn’t seem high-tech enough to fit in with the kind of work we do — it’s all words and very little code! But at 18F we do much more than just improving tech products. We’re also here to change culture and improve the user experience all around, and that includes improving content.

For this project, we focused on rewriting and reorganizing content and using visual design techniques to ease the burden of reading this text-heavy guide. Good content design doesn’t only involve words, it also involves visual elements to help get a story or a message across, and they’re both essential to a good user experience. Like our more coding-heavy projects, we followed user-centered principles, including interviews, sketching prototypes, and user feedback, from start to finish.

More ways GSA is improving the user experience for contractors

Finally, as we mentioned, the development of this guide is one of a number of projects currently underway at GSA to make things easier for those interested in doing business with the federal government. Other projects include the IT Schedule 70 Startup Springboard, which will help new vendors with innovative products qualify to get a contract sooner than they might otherwise be able to. There is also the Welcome Package intended to help vendors with a newly awarded contract be successful and maintain their award into the future.

One more effort worth noting comes out of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. It’s a new product called apps.gov. It will help government agencies explore and learn about cloud software that they can purchase, including many options available through IT Schedule 70. Technology vendors can also submit their software products to be listed on apps.gov and learn about the various government approvals and opportunities to sell across the federal government. It’s still an evolving tool, but the goal is to eventually get to a fully transactional marketplace between the private and public sectors.

This post was originally published on the 18F blog.


by Toni Bonitto via DigitalGov

[video] Cloud Transformation | @EnzuInc @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData

"A lot of times people will come to us and have a very diverse set of requirements or very customized need and we'll help them to implement it in a fashion that you can't just buy off of the shelf," explained Nick Rose, CTO of Enzu, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.

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United Internet Said to Weigh Bid for Cinven's Host Europe

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Canadian dollar strengthens to nearly two-week high as Brexit odds fall

Canadian dollar strengthens to nearly two-week high as Brexit odds fall
Reuters Canada - 26 minutes ago
TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar strengthened to a nearly two-week high against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday as increased chances that Britain will stay in the European Union and higher oil prices supported the risk-sensitive commodity ...
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Canadian dollar strengthens to nearly two-week high as Brexit odds fall

[slides] DevOps: The 'New Platform' | @DevOpsSummit @GHaff #DevOps

The now mainstream platform changes stemming from the first Internet boom brought many changes but didn’t really change the basic relationship between servers and the applications running on them. In fact, that was sort of the point. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Gordon Haff, senior cloud strategy marketing and evangelism manager at Red Hat, will discuss how today’s workloads require a new model and a new platform for development and execution. The platform must handle a wide range of recent developments, including containers and Docker, distributed resource management, and DevOps tool chains and processes. The resulting infrastructure and management framework must be optimized for distributed and scalable applications, take advantage of innovation stemming from a wide variety of open source projects, span hybrid environments, and be adaptable to equally fundamental changes happening in hardware and elsewhere in the stack.

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Jun 22, 2016

The Canadian Dollar in Range-Bound Sideways Trade

The Canadian Dollar in Range-Bound Sideways Trade
DTN The Progressive Farmer (registration) (blog) - 2 hours ago
The Canadian dollar finished lower on Wednesday, posting a bearish outside-day trading bar, while holding above the sideways-trending 50-day moving average (blue line).

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The Canadian Dollar in Range-Bound Sideways Trade

MainOne, Intel partners Whogohost to deliver Cloud-hosted Services to small businesses

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Gambling problem: Growth slows for Playtech

Playtech is considered a proxy for the global betting industry, with its business booming alongside the growth of online gambling around th...