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SAP AG has been providing cloud computing tools to enterprise customers through partner companies and subsidiaries around the world. The company’s SAP National Security Services subsidiary, known as SAP NS2, offers software, service and support for private and public sector clients in the U.S., SAP said Monday. In Australia, the Victorian state government chose SAP’s Ariba business platform for the state’s e-services register, a cloud-based service designed to simplify bidding for IT-related tenders. Mark White, general manager for global public services and healthcare industries at SAP, the company strives to help agencies to deliver services to citizens through SAP Cloud. “Innovations in public service delivery come when government, its employees and citizens are able to quickly tackle issues,” White said. “Cloud solutions are driving transformation across the priv... (more)

Cisco: 'Internet of Everything' Worth Up to $613B

Cisco says the "Internet of Everything" could bring in at least $613 billion in profits for private companies worldwide in 2013 if businesses optimize networks that connect people, data, process and things. The IoE Value Index studied 7,500 enterprises and information technology personnel in 12 countries to  Cisco said Wednesday. Firms that adjust their strategies to take advantage of IoE could generate an additional $544 billion, Cisco said. "The Internet of Everything has the potential to significantly reshape our economy and transform key industries,” said Rob Lloyd, Cisco's pr... (more)

Roger Wicker: Friends, Foes Watching How America Handles Sequestration

U.S. allies and adversaries are keeping a close eye on Washington as Congress faces a fiscal crisis that includes the nearly half-trillion dollar cut to defense spending under sequestration, according to a Republican senator from Mississippi. Roger Wicker, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has penned an article for RealClearDefense to outline his case for Washington to handle the fiscal matters now before the full effects of the cuts take precedence. The cuts come at a time when the U.S. faces threats from North Korea, Syria and Iran, Wicker writes, adding... (more)

Wes Bush: R&D Investment, Export Controls Key for Defense Industry

Wes Bush, chairman CEO and president of Northrop Grumman, told defense industry officials May 3 they must continue to alert Congress to the potential effects of sequestration on the industry. National Defense Magazine reports Bush addressed a National Defense Industrial Association forum in McLean, Va. and outlined two areas the sector must focus on even as federal budgets decline. Bush said defense research-and-development spending represented a half-percent of GDP over the last decade, a stark drop from the three-quarter percent rate in the 1980s and a full percent during the 1... (more)

John Kamensky: Tech Can Complement Traditional Govt Accountability Methods

Three new technology-based approaches to government accountability have cropped up over the last decade and break the pattern of traditional hierarchical methods, but are intended as supplemental practices to accountability, according to an IBM expert. John Kamensky, a senior research fellow for the IBM Center for the Business of Government, has penned a guest column for GovExec to overview how technology has changed the way agencies and industry approach accountability. Technology uses a horizontal and bottom-up point-of-view, Kamensky writes, and aims to use increasing amounts ... (more)