August 4, 2013 |
For those who specialize in work for state and local governments, it can be unsettling to read headlines announcing teacher layoffs in Chicago or bankruptcy in Detroit. However, the big picture for local governments and school districts is looking much brighter. Deltek's growth forecast for state and local consumption of information technology goods and services improved this year to 3.2 percent, with the total market expected to grow from $58.5 billion in 2013 to $68.6 billion in 2018.
August 1, 2013 |
Ten interns with the Prince George's County Office of Information Technology did more than file paperwork and answer phones this summer. They created ways to use technology to help potential dropouts stay in school and to teach senior citizens how to use e-mail and social networking. "Each year, we get interns, but we found it difficult to find work for them because it's such a short time frame," said Sandra Longs, the office's training manager. "So this year, Director Vennard Wright and I developed this idea...
July 28, 2013 |
Weakened sales in some of the largest contractors' information technology units suggest that services businesses, many of which are preparing to release results this week, could face a tougher road. Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin and Falls Church-based Northrop Grumman both saw sales and profits drop in their information technology services units, despite posting gains in profit overall. At Northrop, profits in the IT unit dropped 30 percent; at Lockheed, sales and profits were down...
July 24, 2013
Nominations sought for endangered places The D.C. Preservation League, a nonprofit organization that works to protect historic sites, is accepting nominations for this year's list of the Most Endangered Places in Washington. The sites are chosen by the Preservation League's board of trustees. Criteria include the severity of the threat, whether through demolition, neglect or inappropriate alteration. The list can include buildings, parks and other landscaped areas or scenic vistas.
July 19, 2013
Gorm P. Emberland, an information technology specialist who worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service for about three decades, died July 3 at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He was 54. The cause was complications from chronic liver disease, said his daughter, Annie Emberland. Mr. Emberland lived in Tracys Landing. Mr. Emberland was a key software developer of the Germplasm Resources Information Network and other tools used by the National Plant Germplasm System to maintain...
July 14, 2013
mobile computing Smartphone demand boosting chip sales Applied Materials, the world's biggest maker of semiconductor equipment, said industry spending should pick up next year as chipmakers boost output to meet demand for mobile-device components. Competition among smartphone providers is driving demand for more advanced parts and improvement in the machines that make them, Applied Materials chief executive Mike Splinter said last week at an analyst briefing in San Francisco.