Thanks for this Sudha. I can imagine these sorts of standards lead to a few winners and losers based on whose software is closer to the standards already. Are there any vendors or healthcare providers that are really far afield from the standards that could be in trouble? Was anyone's internal standard the same as what the government chose?
In the spirit of conspiracy, it seems only those who wouldn't sign a letter urging the government regarding spying would be those in which have a prior agreement established with (or vested relationship in) the government. Of course, that's pure speculation.
But why wouldn't any organization with proprietary information not want to ensure they weren't being spied on? Even if it is the government. With many losing faith in the government's ability and intentions, it would seem a natural reaction. Even if you wanted to bring the focus not on your private information, but the people utilizing the service. As they say in the letter, "the balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution." I guess we'll see who joins in...
David WagnerMajor Tech Companies Take Stand Against Spying12/20/2013 1:36:52 PM
It is always disappointing to see security being a major concern every year. Despite of lot of efforts put in, security lapses still occur. Its hard to say that this issue would vanish from the list in the coming years any how.
soozygCIO Priorities for 2014 & Beyond12/20/2013 10:15:00 AM
Technology only by itself cannot help develop a country if the people there don't change first. The success of the mexican new national digital strategy will all depend on how it is implemented and how it is received by the mexican people. But that is a good initiative.
kstaronMexico Unveils a New National Digital Strategy12/19/2013 10:37:26 AM
I think it's easy to sit back and dream of how this might work in a perfect world but when I think about the reality of flying drones over neighborhoods I just see a very expensive experiment. Assuming the best it won't take long before a lightning strike takes down a drone with a 5lbs payload and it lands on a moving car. Or a gust of wind pushes a drone into a power line and it takes out power for a couple neighborhoods. Or a random failure results in a drone hitting a human just walking along minding their own business. Each incident will be met with lawsuits and settlements. Multiply the issues by the thousands of drones they will need to service a metropolitan area with their 30 minutes promise and we'll have a repeat of the days where Dominos drivers were seen as the scourge of neighborhoods everywhere except it will be death from above rather than a compact car blowing a stop sign.
David WagnerAmazon to Use Drones to Deliver12/20/2013 1:38:38 PM
It's interesting that one of the biggest responses was "too complex" given that there are computer systems out there -- and have been for more than 2 decades -- that handle complex pricing scenarios that are ever bit as challengiing as what HHS is trying to do in support of the Affordable Care Act.
If airline reservation systems such as sAAbre, Apollo and others have had the ability to take data from dozens of sources (e.g. airlines in their cases) and handle dynamic pricing based on factors selected by customers, then there's no reason the government couldn't have done it.
In fairness, government procurement policies probably do have a big impact, but they knew what those were from the "get go," so if that was going to be a challenge, someone should have highlighted that. This whole situation gives tech integrators that bring together teams to solve a big problem a black eye. That part of the equation certainly wasn't managed well.
tekedgePoll Wrap: Why the Healthcare.Gov Launch Failed11/30/2013 10:53:15 PM
It is a good cse study indeed. In my opinion, when there sre too many vendors, too many software in place (without interoperability), it kind of grows out of the pot. A strict guidline would make sure when new things are getting in, it's cinclusion takes place in a systematic manner. And, the lack of documentation can be a problem in this time. Since, many of these are custom built, made for military, it is diffucult to move forwards without documentation.
It is also a warning, we should document, keep accounting right and keep in mind about future growth.
AnandPentagon IT: Case Study in What Not to Do11/28/2013 4:44:56 AM
I didn't know that Utah opened its national parks during the shut-down. That must have been a large undertaking, and there certainly wasn't any time to be mucking about setting up brand new services just to get the word out. I suppose that's a lesson we should all learn, that we don't always know how the systems we design are going to be used, and we should design them with that in mind.
batyeMarketing & IT in Government: Good Bedfellows12/12/2013 7:27:41 AM
Well there is no harm is IT is given due benefits. It is natural that the leader takes all the credit but if the leader acknowledges the effort of IT in various forums then I think due credit is forwarded.
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