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BY STEPHANIE KANOWITZ INDUSTRY INSIGHT FEATURES 16 Large, expensive and, after five years, usually trash When a still-powerful agency supercomputer is past its prime, finding a new home for the system is rarely simple BY SUZETTE LOHMEYER 24 Can software quality tools shrink technical debt? IT and software managers have begun experimenting with ways to identify and minimize less-than-optimal coding to avoid expensive fixes down the road BY PAUL Mc CLOSKEY 26 IT powers business transformation Agencies are using IT service management to replace inefficient workflows of all sorts — including help-desk requests, onboarding employees and managing helicopter fleets BY PAUL Mc CLOSKEY CASE STUDIES 29 Bringing super power to the desktop The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center’s Bridges project gives seamless desktop access to high-performance computing BY STEPHANIE KANOWITZ 30 Secret and unclassified resources on one PC The FBI has come up with a way to enable users to securely access different environments without switching computers BY STEPHANIE KANOWITZ GCN (ISSN 0738-4300) is published 6 times a year, Jan/Feb, Mar/Apr, May, Jun/Jul, Aug/Sep, and Oct/Nov by 1105 Media, Inc. , 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Ste. 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Periodicals postage paid at Chatsworth, CA 91311-9998, and at additional mailing offices. Complimentar y subscriptions are sent to qualifying subscribers. Annual subscription rates payable in U.S . funds for non-qualified subscribers are: U.S . $125.00, International $165.00. Subscription inquiries, back issue requests, and address changes: Mail to: GCN, P.O. Box 2166, Skokie, IL 60076-7866, call (866) 293-3194, outside U.S . (847) 763-9560; fax (847) 763-9564 or email GCNmag@1105ser vice.com. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to GCN, P.O. Box 2166, Skokie, IL 60076- 7866. Canada Publications Mail Agreement No: 40612608. Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to Circulation Dept. or XPO Returns: P.O. Box 201, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4R5, Canada. INSIDE BRIEFING 8 Iowa fights snow with data 9 Unmasking malware coders, and 3-D scans from smartphones 10 Hooking up with Tinder to encourage organ donations COMMENTARY 11 CYBEREYE Are we headed for a Heartbleed redux with Secure Shell? 13 EMERGING TECH NASA and Esri speed delivery of cloud-based imagery data 14 INDUSTRY INSIGHT 4 challenges to realistic records management WISH LIST 34 Tech that we hope hits the public sector GCN JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 • GCN.COM 3 0216gcn_003.indd 3 2/4/16 9:32 AM
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