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Secure Agility - A New and Intriguing Area of Cloud Innovation

This blog initially appeared at NextGov.com as Rocketing into the Future: Can Containers Help Us Secure the Cloud? We thank Camille Tuutti for her continued support.

As my colleague, Roger Baker, noted in his recent NextGov article, commercial clouds are more secure than ever, surpassing the security of most government data centers. Unfortunately, that strong security has defined limits, resulting in a shared security responsibility. While cloud providers offer solid tools for network and application security, individual cloud applications and servers still need to be secured by IT professionals, many of whom are still coming up to speed on cloud security tools and concepts.

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Why User Experience Research is Vital to Your Software Project

Most project managers understand the importance of user interface and the need for it to be user-friendly. What they don't necessarily understand is how to go about building that user-centric interface. The answer is user experience research.

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Learning How Leaders Innovate

A version of this blog, Do You Talk Innovation or Do You Do Innovation?, first appeared on Washington Technology. We thank Nick Wakeman for this support.

Most CEOs would tell you that innovation is a priority for their business, but is anyone actually managing it successfully? I recently attended the Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) Summit in New York City to learn how to manage innovation at Agilex more effectively.

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Swift - Future of Mobile Dev?

A version of this blog – First Take: Apple’s Swift Speeds Programming – originally appeared at GCN.com. We thank Paul McCloskey for his support.

On June 2, 2014, I was sitting in Moscone West at Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). After Apple announced OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, we figured the event was over. It turned out, that Apple had a huge surprise for all of the developers in the crowd and the most meaningful announcement was yet to come.

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“Easier to Ask Forgiveness than it is to get Permission”

A version of this blog – Women technologists: Don't ask for permission – first appeared on Washington Technology. We thank Nick Wakeman for his support.

Throughout my career, I've focused on technology, law enforcement, and the intersection of both. So it may not surprise you that I've rarely been surrounded by many females in my professional life. Typically, the events and conferences I attend are filled with a sea of males in dark suits and law enforcement uniforms. But, I was in for a very pleasant culture shock when I arrived in Phoenix in October 2014 for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. #GHC2014

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