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Federal CIOs look to speed tech development cycle

Kenneth Corbin | Dec. 18, 2013
The U.S. government IT leaders are seeking ways to hasten IT deployment, get a tech pep talk from the CIO of the San Francisco Giants.

Schlough's team has installed cameras in the rafters of AT&T Park that capture the movements of the players, generating a large pool of data that can be mined to create a new crop of statistics, such as a catcher's release time when trying to throw out a base stealer, or how long it takes an outfielder to run the route to catch a fly ball.

"These new stats are going to revolutionize the way we can quantify players' defensive skills and other skills that have never been quantified before," Schlough said. "This is the future across all baseball, I think."

Schlough, sporting a World Series ring on his left hand (team CIOs get them, too), described a breezy IT environment where innovation is encouraged — the word appears in the Giants' mission statement — and rolling out new technology is little more than trivial.

Not so in the federal government. Asked about the biggest impediment to the IT transformations the feds are undertaking, Joe Klimavicz, CIO at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, offered a not-so-simple answer.

"From a magic wand perspective, I think it would be culture," Klimavicz said. "I think the technology's there."


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