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GCN : June 2013
EDITOR'S DESK BY PAUL MCCLOSKEY HOW TO REACH THE STAFF You can reach staff members of 1105 Government Information Group. A list of staff members can be found online at www.gcn. com. Go to Contact GCN andclick on GCN Editors, Writers, Staff and Beats. Staff members of the 1105 Government Information Group can also be reached by e-mail, phone, fax or mail.E- MAIL: To e-mail staff members, please use the naming convention of rst initial followed by their last name @1105govinfo.com. So John Smith would be email@example.com. PHONE OR FAX: The switchboard is open weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. After 5:30 p.m. you will be directed to individual extensions. VIENNA OFFICE: (703) 876-5100; Fax (703) 876-5059. 8609 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 500, Vienna, VA 22182-2215. 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LANGER OFFICER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT JENNIFER WEISS & GROUP PUBLISHER VICE PRESIDENT, CARMEL McDONAGH MARKETING PRESIDENT & CHIEF NEAL VITALE EXECUTIVE OFFICER SENIOR VICE RICHARD VITALE PRESIDENT & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER EXECUTIVE MICHAEL J. VALENTI VICE PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT, CHRISTOPHER M. COATE FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION VICE PRESIDENT, ERIK A. LINDGREN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT VICE PRESIDENT, DAVID F. MYERS EVENT OPERATIONS CHAIRMAN OF JEFFREY S. KLEIN THE BOARD www.gcn.com Volume 32 Issue 6 Where were you in 1982? Well, even if you had both feet in the government or business world, you weren t likely to have a com- puter in front of you. As an em- ployee of a government agency or a company doing business with it, your medium of record was paper: mostly type-written, sometimes formatted, probably with carbon sheets attached, and highly manual. That was also the year, in December, that the first issue of Government Computer News was laid out by Israel Feldman, a government systems man- ager who saw the potential for a source of information for people like himself, all working toward moving digital systems into their agencies, program by program. In this issue we mark the 30th anniversary of GCN as well as some of the remarkable strides government agencies have made going digital over that time span. We also look ahead by talking to IT experts about what s around the corner for public-sector IT. Our timeline in this issue begins the story. IT icons of 1982 included the IBM 5150 personal computer, credited with helping shift departmental computing to the desktop. A year later, IBM released DB2, its latest relational database and precursor to today s analytics. That same year, the U.S. staged a proto-cyber attack, reprogramming parts intended for a Russian gas pipeline and causing it to explode. But those events, as telling as they were, provide only a faint outline of what was to come. Today s government enterprise, where smart phones are linked wirelessly to applications and services via the cloud, makes 1982 s technologies seem quaint. It will take far less than three decades for today s agency enterprise to seem as dated. IT experts report that many of the technologies that define the enterprise today --- the network, the data center, mobile devices and sensors, etc. --- are rapidly becoming artifacts of an era in which infrastructure is the focus of agency IT departments. Those objectives are giving way to a vision of the IT enter- prise as a kind of intelligent ser- vice supercenter, according to the experts, where big data is sifted automatically for patterns that will help an agency anticipate a customer s service request or predict a terrorist s next target. The underlying technologies for this new mission are now emerging, including the software defined data center, where all services, from network to storage to infrastructure, can be o ered automatically and on demand to program customers. The model is predictive, not reactive, less a network than an ecosystem. Is that picture of government IT just around the corner? Or will it take decades? Based on the current speed of change and the expectations set by government IT leaders we ve talked to, this is a vision realized in years rather than decades from now. Either way, it s a story we look forward to reporting and discussing with you for many years to come.• GCN AT 30, GOVERNMENT IT AT WARP SPEED 6 GCN JUNE 2013 • GCN.COM GCN (ISSN 0738-4300) is published monthly by 1105 Media, Inc., 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Ste. 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Periodicals postage paid at Chatsworth, CA 91311-9998, and at additional mailing of ces. Complimentary subscriptions are sent to qualifying subscribers. 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