Many government websites have been taken offline as the US Government shutdown continues. The site that may affect IT Pros and developers the most is Data.gov. Acting as the US Government’s main data portal, it’s used by many different visitors for multiple reasons. Everything from agricultural data to crime statistics can be found there. Visiting Data.gov brings up a message saying they are offline “until further notice.” Anyone who relies on this site is potentially left without options.Read More
Slack is a collaboration tool that's well known among the DevOps and developer communities. It has been widely embraced due to the extensible nature of the app. In fact, it's safe to say that Slack is more of a platform than just a chat tool. Slack supports "bots" which are apps that can do all sorts of things, from answering simple questions, to deploying software.
Slack is used primarily by private organizations, however, government agencies have begun to test the waters. Slack is actively pursuing wider use by government customers. They recently posted a position on popular job board LinkedIn for a "Manager, Government Strategy" to work in Washington, DC. Specifically, the role is to "manage relationships with government accounts and help develop our government program at Slack " The posting can be read at this link (https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/manager-government-strategy-at-slack-577290692/). If Slack has their way, more government agencies will adopt it.Read More