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Is Modular Procurement an Enabler of Good Agile Practices?
09-Oct-2013 Ashok Nare

In August, FierceGovernmentIT, in collaboration with the research firm Market Connections, published a series of articles examining Federal Agency adoption of modular acquisition/development strategies as described in OMB's 25 Point Plan and outlined in the June 2012 Memo, Contracting Guidance to Support Modular Develo

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Is the Cloud a viable Alternative for Outsourcing Data Center Operations?
28-Aug-2013 Ashok Nare

A visible trend happening today is the transition from owning proprietary data centers to outsourced data center operations. According to various market research reports, on an average, companies devote about 20% of their budgets regardless of usage on the installation and operation of data centers and IT equipment internally. Hence, companies are looking to optimize their budgets (or converting fixed operational costs to variable costs) by outsourcing their data center operations to specialist organizations that deal with this on a daily basis and end up paying based on usage.

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Smart Government: Rationalizing Services and Infrastructures
31-Jul-2013 Steve Holden

I recently represented Octo Consulting by presenting a paper at an international research conference on digital government in Quebec.  Despite the fact dgo 2013 was primarily a research conference, there were a number of public sector speakers and the combination of theory and practice resulted in the following observations from the papers and presentations on topics that ranged from “Make Data Actionable…” to “Community-Based Emergency Response.”

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AFCEA/GMU Critical Issues in C4I Symposium Recap
18-Jun-2013 admin

Octo attended the AFCEA/GMU Critical Issues in C4I Symposium from May 21st-22nd at George Mason University, where the key topics where the Joint Information Environment, Big Data, and Mobility.

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Linked Data in the Enterprise
04-Jun-2013 Mike Lamoureux

We at Octo Consulting are passionate about Data, among many other things.  For me, personally, nothing is a bigger asset for any organization, Government or otherwise, than Data.  This week, myself and Dr.

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March Mania: CR, FITARA, FISMA Moving through Congress
21-Mar-2013 Kevin Farrell

Perhaps it was the Ides of March or some other phenomenon (March Madness is already reserved for another event starting today) that spurred a flurry of activity in Congress this week…we at Octo are tracking movement on several key pieces of legislation moving through Congress that have significant implications for our clients in the Federal IT community.

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Semantic Web Hackathon, Day 3 Recap
22-Feb-2013 Dan Montgomery

Continuing day 2's deep dive into SPARQL, we began day 3 talking about inference and the value of property paths. In the semantic web, by defining transitive properties, you can establish relationships across subjects. Consider the heirarchy:

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Semantic Web Hackathon, Day 2 Recap
21-Feb-2013 Sreedhar Boggarapu

Wednesday’s session was all about deep diving into SPARQL. The SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language (SPARQL) is a query language and protocol for RDF. SPARQL protocol describes a means for conveying SPARQL queries to an SPARQL query processing service and returning the query results to the entity that requested them. A SPARQL query processing service (endpoint) accepts queries and return results over HTTP. The fact that there is only one protocol for SPARQL is a huge advantage for semantic web, making it easier for people to connect to data sources using non-proprietary means.

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Semantic Web Hackathon, Day 1 Recap
20-Feb-2013 Vinay Katari

The most important take away from Tuesday's session was truly understanding how Semantic Web Techonlogies can be applied to improve health care interoperability. Particularly speaking, the advantage Semantic Web technologies provide in terms of identifying semantic equivalances in terms of health care data such has within clinical trials. To better understand this we need to define what semantic equivalencies are and what they mean in terms of clinical trials.

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