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FCW : July 15, 2013
CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Anne Armstrong Troy K. Schneider PRINT MANAGING EDITOR ONLINE MANAGING EDITOR Terri J. Huck Michael Hardy STAFF WRITERS Amber Corrin, Frank Konkel, Adam Mazmanian, Mark Rockwell CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Richard E. Cohen, Alan Joch, Konstantin Kakaes, John Moore, Colleen O'Hara, Katherine Reynolds Lewis CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jeff Langkau ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Dragutin Cvijanovic SENIOR WEB DESIGNER Martin Peace SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGING EDITOR Heather Kuldell EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Dana FitzGerald EDITORIAL FELLOWS Reid Davenport Natalie Lauri PRESIDENT Anne Armstrong CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Abraham M. Langer SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/GROUP PUBLISHER Jennifer Weiss VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING Carmel McDonagh PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Neal Vitale SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Richard Vitale EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Michael J. Valenti VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Christopher M. Coates VICE PRESIDENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY& APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT Erik A. Lindgren VICE PRESIDENT, EVENT OPERATIONS David F. Myers CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Jef frey S. Klein HOW TO REACH THE STAFF You can reach sta members of 1105 Government Informa- tion Group. A list of sta members can be found online at www.fcw.com. E-mail: Sta members can be reached by using the naming convention of first initial followed by their last name @1105govinfo.com. Vienna O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. ET) (703) 876-5100; Fax (703) 876-5126 8609 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 500, Vienna, VA 22182-2215 Corporate O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. PT) (818) 814-5200; Fax (818) 734-1522 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311 Editor'sNote 6 July 15, 2013 FCW.COM FCW (ISSN 0893-052X) is published 21 times a year, two issues monthly except one issue in Jan, Feb and Dec 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. Annual subscription rates payable in U.S. funds for non-quali ed subscribers are: U.S. $125.00, International $165.00. Annual digital subscription rates payable in U.S. funds for non-quali ed subscribers are: U.S. $125.00, International $125.00. Subscription inquiries, back issue requests, and address changes: Mail to: FCW, P.O. Box 2166, Skokie, IL 60076-7866, email FCWmag@1105service. com or call (866) 293-3194 for U.S. & Canada; (847) 763-9560 for International, fax (847) 763-9564. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FCW, P.O. Box 2166, Skokie, IL 60076-7866. Canada Publications Mail Agreement No: 40612608. Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to Circulation Dept. or XPO Returns: P.O. Box 201, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4R5, Canada. One of the great things about FCW --- and about the federal IT community as a whole --- is the history and perspective that come with it. Technology, after all, is just a tool; one must understand the context and mission to know how best to use it. Key posts in government and industry are held by men and women who have seen IT evolve, remember the mentors who taught them and take the time to help the next generation of colleagues. Not much would get done without them. And for more than 25 years, this publication has sought their insights so it could share them with a wider audience and put today s projects in the proper context. That coverage has always kept at least one eye trained on the future. Occasionally, though, we should turn our full attention to the horizon and give some thought to the implications of what lies just beyond it. That is the focus of this issue. Frequent contributor John Moore shows how some key IT building blocks are likely to evolve in the near future. The General Services Administration s Mary Davie explains how GSA is preparing for the new cloud realities. And Konstantin Kakaes --- a science journalist and New America Foundation fellow who has written for The Economist, Popular Science, the Wall Street Journal and Foreign Policy --- makes the case that machine learning and neural networks are just a few years away from radically transforming what computers can do. FCW is looking to the future in another sense as well. This is my rst issue as editor-in-chief --- a role that I m both honored and excited to tackle. Since our relaunch last October, the entire team has worked to make FCW more idea-driven and look for ways to help our readers think differently about the business and IT challenges that lie ahead. Led by Anne Armstrong (who, rest assured, is not going anywhere!), we ve sought to distill the best of FCW, then build on that to better serve this community. I think we ve created a stronger publication in the process, and there s more to come. I welcome your input as we keep pushing. --- TROY K. SCHNEIDER firstname.lastname@example.org @troyschneider Looking ahead
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