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Linking at the Edge of the Enterprise

July 9, 2013. When designers and programmers have put their best thinking into creating an enterprise information system, their energies and mental focus are on the collection, storage, retrieval, and manipulation of the data the enterprise needs to do business. Whether it is criminal justice, health, human services or education, the enterprise is the primary […]

A Measure of Sanity

April 1, 2013. “One out of many” – E pluribus unum – is a great motto for a country, especially the huge democracy that is the U.S. No doubt, there’s incredible strength in our numbers and diversity. But what’s far from ideal is that each of the 50 semi-autonomous states within the U.S. has its […]

Coordinating the Future of Standards

February 25, 2013. The good news about standards is that there are so many of them. The bad news about standards is that there are so many of them.

In just about every commercial/governmental domain, it has been the habit of participants to come to eventual agreement on how to interact with each other by […]

A Fresh Start

January 3, 2013. We seem to have a natural proclivity to start each new year with a resolve to improve our personal lives, lose weight, stop smoking, spend more time with family, etc. Recent studies show that a majority of us keep our resolutions, at least for a few months. Organizations, whether private or governmental, […]

Correcting the First Impression

December 11, 2012. When people in public safety – or perhaps in nearly every discipline –hear of cloud computing, their first impression is quite often that they should be distrustful of it because it “lives” on the Internet, is somewhat mysterious, and may indeed be dangerous. As with any new technology, there is frequently a […]

Walking the Last Mile

August 21, 2012. In implementing telecommunications systems, the toughest part is often the last mile of interconnectedness, where the customer is actually and finally connected to the distribution network. People think of the last mile as the most costly part of telecommunications, and the one that is finished last. But when you think of this […]

A National Consensus vs a Federal Standard

At the Virtual Executive Steering Committee Town Hall, scheduled for Thursday July 19, 2-3 p.m. EST, you’ll have an opportunity to ask U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Richard Spires, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) CIO Luke McCormack, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) CIO Frank Baitman questions about planned NIEM activities, to provide feedback, and to share your ideas about the future. You can email your town hall questions ahead of time by sending them to To register for this free event, please RSVP at […]

Defining the Edge of the Enterprise

Edge of the enterprise

Enterprise architects and requirements analysts need to be as careful in defining the processes for handling information exchange between systems as they are in delineating processes within the enterprise. […]

Is the web really dead?

In the September 2010 issue of Wired magazine, a debate is presented under the claim that “The Web is Dead”. The part of the story written by Chris Anderson argues that, “As much as we love the open, unfettered Web, we’re abandoning it for simpler, sleeker services that just work.” He argues the point that […]

Testing Evidence Based Practices

Even before taking office, President Obama made it quite clear that his administration would inject two very important principles into the decision making process in government: (1) there would be vastly increased transparency in government, acknowledging that the scrutiny of citizens may be more insightful than the self-assessment of government agencies, and (2) that funding […]