Merritt Group Blog

Preparing for the Next Hurricane Irma, or Harvey: How Analytics and Smart Cities Will Help

The United States has sustained 15 separate billion-dollar natural disasters in 2017, proving to be one of the costliest recovery years on record. How can cities make sure that going forward, their citizens remain safe and their odds of expensive disaster mitigation go down?

In the age of smart cities, the answer is data.

Topics: thought leadership

LinkedIn and MeetUp: Cut Through the Noise and Engage IoT Influencers

Selling into the exploding internet of things (IoT) market is far from shooting fish in a barrel. The number of vendors in the space that deliver “connected” solutions (or at least say they do) has grown exponentially over the past year, and the industry noise level is spiraling past 11. With conversations dominated today by major brands with big marketing dollars like Amazon, Google, Apple and IBM, how in the world are emerging companies and startups supposed to make their voices heard?

Topics: thought leadership

5 Key Takeaways From The Washington Post’s Cybersecurity Summit

Earlier this month, Merritt Groupers Laura Asendio and Melanie Ford joined business executives, leading cybersecurity experts and privacy advocates at The Washington Post headquarters in Washington, D.C., for its Cybersecurity Summit.

Topics: thought leadership

MACRA Gives a Data-Driven Push to Quality Care

Health care cost versus quality is a contentious political topic these days, And historically, Medicare has received a lot of the attention when it comes to cost-benefit analysis. But some policy changes are not only transforming how this issue is accounted for — they’re creating a data-driven approach toward improving quality of care.

Topics: thought leadership

The Key to The Government Workforce Gap Lies With Millennials


The federal workforce is graying, as more than a third of federal employees will be eligible to retire by 2020. But major federal workforce gaps are already present across the board, and they may only get worse in the next three years.

Topics: thought leadership

The White House's 5 Keys for Purchasing Technology

“Are we building tomorrow’s legacy technology today?”

Those were the words of acting U.S. Chief Information Security Officer Grant Schneider during last week’s Digital Transformation Summit, hosted by FedScoop. I sat in on his presentation to hear about the White House’s view on cybersecurity — as the session was promoted — but I came away thinking much more about IT modernization.

Topics: thought leadership

Are Chip Wars Forecasting a Revolution in AI?

When industry thinks about breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, they often focus on the software side, imagining new, complex algorithms to train up data sets. And while these developments can be very exciting, like the recent announcement by Microsoft and Amazon Web Services of their new open-source deep learning development kit, any type of software progress is moot without a computer chip with the physical properties to handle these algorithms with speed and agility.

Topics: thought leadership

4 CyberTalks Lessons Worth Talking About

Last week, CyberScoop hosted the first annual D.C.-based CyberWeek, including dozens of events spread across the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. The anchor event, CyberTalks, featured speakers from government and industry alike, spreading the message that all cybersecurity experts and decision-makers must collaborate on issues that threaten our government. Among predictions and possibilities, case studies and consequences, these are the four lessons that stood out:

Topics: thought leadership

The Next Step for Federal IT Modernization? Automation

Imagine if Apple spent 90 percent of its IT budget maintaining legacy systems. You might still be looking up facts on your iMac via an Encarta Encyclopedia CD-ROM or trying to make room for decades of hits on your first-generation iPod.

As a consumer, it’s hard to relate, but it’s a reality that government CIOs face every day. A study by the Government Accountability Office shows that federal agencies indeed devote 90 percent of their budgets to maintaining legacy systems — some more than 50 years old. The good news is the federal government has cresting momentum toward IT modernization and is now in the position to adopt new architectures, software options and technologies to become more useful to citizens, more efficient and more secure.

Topics: thought leadership

Critical Policy Resources for Startups Navigating the Health Care Space

For health care startups looking to capture market attention, the climate has never been tougher.

According a recent article in the Independent and a report released last month by Seattle-based PitchBook, seed-stage financing has been sliding for the last two years, with the number of transactions down about 40 percent since the peak in mid-2015. And the slowdown comes despite an explosion of interest by wealthy individuals and foreign investors looking to park money in the next big thing.

Topics: thought leadership