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This column marks the end of Shane Peterson's tenure at Government Technology after more than eight years. We are grateful for his dedication and hard work, and wish him luck in his future endeavors.
Now firmly established in IT shops of all stripes, open source software is spreading to the medical sector.
Open source software makes inroads into the world of medicine.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry creates a public-private consortium to stimulate the growth and adoption of health IT.
In February 2005, the California Franchise Tax Board announced the launch of the ReadyReturn pilot for the 2004 tax year, stirring immediate controversy.
Regional clouds could be the next generation of municipal wireless networks, but governments must collaborate.
The Cost of Free Wi-Fi
The 2006 elections are past, but states will just now begin to feel the results.
Some states shot up the rankings in 2006's Digital States Survey, becoming top 10 finishers and strong contenders.
States struggle to upgrade child welfare information systems.
Richard Barton, Co-founder, Zillow.com
L. Brooks Patterson, County Executive, Oakland County, Mich., and Phil Bertolini, Deputy County Executive and CIO, Oakland County, Mich.
No Man Is an Island
A look back at the issues and events that drove government IT in 2006.
Minnesota lawmakers create an IT savings account to fund state technology projects.
Samsung's SyncMaster 215TW delivers a widescreen experience without taking over your desk.
Joint city/county 311 call centers could be local government's next step in the evolution of customer service.
Electronic voting was supposed to render paper in the polling booth obsolete.
Foot in the Door
A second state looks to switch to open formats for state documents. Will the fight get as ugly as it did in Massachusetts?
State and local governments decide disaster-recovery partnerships make more sense than going it alone.
IT innovation by agencies, cities, counties, schools and universities throughout the state.
From the Editor: Do or Die
Telecommunications reform in Texas might be a microcosm of national reform.
State and local governments mold a new relationship with constituents, helping them become better and smarter consumers.
Reports from the IT horizon.
The National League of Cities launches the National City Network, giving local governments a new outlet to share information.
CIOs and Health IT
Electronic health records are key to transforming a fractural health-care system. Who's helping hospitals and physicians make the transition?
reports from the IT horizon.
CIO, New Mexico
Municipal wireless networks really heated up in 2005. Will they keep spreading in 2006?
Can municipal wireless networks solve economic development challenges for rural communities?
Consolidation and other cost-cutting moves continued throughout 2005, but technology also returned to the political stage as a potentially transformative force. Here's our look back at the events that shaped 2005.
Maybe everything really is bigger in Texas.
Cities and towns build wireless broadband networks for residential use, but Congress is part of the fight now.
Enterprise identity management draws governments' attention, but it's not an easy problem to solve.
Information Technology Director, Data Processing Department, Delaware County, Ohio
Work force issues test the public sector's human resources strategy.
"The self-funded model, by the way, has been very successful in Utah. I can't imagine being this far along in e-government without it"
Reports from the IT horizon
Iowa CIO and Chief Operating Officer, Information Technology Enterprise (ITE), Department of Administrative Services
Self-funding portals have long supported e-government services.
The Cabinet seems to have lost its luster for state CIOs.
Deputy Chief Information Officer, Tempe, Ariz.
GIS helps this North Carolina city manage the cycle of disaster recovery and preparedness.
Government and education make forays into consolidating information systems.
Though cyber-security seems to get a lot of headlines, cyber-security expert and professor Eugene Spafford argues it's not getting enough attention from policy-makers.
Open source forces new status quo.
Open source software has come a long way, baby.
The push is on to revitalize emergency operations centers into sophisticated, dazzling headquarters for officials from the major branches of emergency response.
CIO and General Manager, Los Angeles Information Technology Agency
States face decision on integrating health and human services eligibility: Rip and replace, or work with what they have.
'We now have about 4,000 police officers on the system. This is a digital, 800 MHz system that's Project 25 compliant.'
'The hardest part about public-sector IT, in my view, is you have 50 very disparate business units'
'Reforming how Delaware uses technology was one of my first orders of business as governor'
'We've put Florida in a position to become the first state in the nation to have a statewide seamless, fully interoperable law enforcement and first responder radio network'
'We've made such substantial progress on consolidation of our major data centers, and we're very close to the very formal statutory consolidation. We've made an enormous amount of progress in getting the two data centers to work together'
'Even the people who charged us with doing it don't truly appreciate how difficult it is to dissolve an organization and build a new one from scratch.'
'Changes made in public-sector IT greatly impact the direction and sustainability of our society as we know it.'
'We're the only state that has mandated electronic filing of charitable solicitations.'
Look ma, no keys!
A former state CIO is running for Congress. Will others follow suit?
Just how far can open source software go in the government enterprise? Plenty far.
Could this be the year things get done in California?
The California Performance Review is the latest blue-ribbon commission to prescribe state government reform.
NEC's AccuSync LCD71V is a crisp, clear monitor that doesn't hog a lot of room.
Oracle's merger with PeopleSoft has government customers holding their breath.
States create Web sites for families of highway traffic accident victims to memorialize those who are gone.
People once looked down their noses at mainframe computers, but a new generation of equipment may erase the passé stereotype.
Stepping Into Quicksand
To millions of workers, e-mail is as important as the air they breathe. To IT managers, it's just another word for problem.
Governments have long used outsourcing to shed certain functions, but jurisdictions now turn over entire business areas to the private sector.
Deputy State Superintendent, Information Technology, Georgia Department of Education
Two of our editors tried different editions of palmOne's famous handhelds -- here's what they thought.
Wisconsin finds the enterprise service bus a smooth ride.
Deputy CEO, CIO: County of Orange, Calif.
KeyTronic's LT Tball is a party on your desk.
The Critical Decision Institute finds a novel way to train senior public officials and business leaders to make better decisions in disaster scenarios.
Aging IT systems still trundle along in state and local government back offices.
The backlash against the USA Patriot Act continues, especially as perception mounts that law enforcement has too much latitude to pry.
ViewSonic's VP171b makes staring at a monitor a pleasant experience.
Who should be watching the watchers?
A Supreme Court ruling is the latest twist in a fight over the ability of public utilities to provide telecom services.
In this bleak budget climate, CIOs find themselves overseeing more than just technology.
If enough ordinary people get together, extraordinary things can happen.
Enterprise resource planning systems take on unconventional tasks.
A Modern Gordian Knot
Is offshore outsourcing too politically charged for government?
Will Wi-Fi Work Magic?
Dell Latitude X300
Voice over Internet protocol has dodged state regulation so far, but several states have the emerging telecom technology in their sights.
They Never Forget
Massachusetts drafts a statewide policy to move toward open standards in the government enterprise.
More and more states look at consolidation to minimize IT spending and get the most out of scarce resources.
For some jurisdictions, a bottom-up approach to collaboration may be the key to success.
CIOs might be well suited to lead more than just technology agencies.
It's becoming easier for public CIOs to create sophisticated new applications that merge and analyze data from different information silos. Unfortunately not everyone is happy with the results.
Meat and Potatoes Mobility
Confronting existing and potential security vulnerabilities doesn't have to make a CIO the bad guy.
The ease with which the Blaster worm crippled government networks and one state's security scandal show just how vulnerable the public sector is.
At Delaware's Department of Technology and Information, employees work without the usual protection of the civil service system.
With the right preparation, VoIP doesn't have to be a trip to uncharted waters.
Reports from the IT Horizon
No longer simply a toy for teenagers who like to carry on five conversations at once, IM is fulfilling viable business needs in the corporate enterprise.
Can Web services live up to the hype?
The construction industry and government work to simplify states' building codes and disseminate critical building information to first responders.
Intergovernmental applications ought to be the next incarnation of electronic government, but is everybody really ready to put aside their own self-interest?
California's new controller, Steve Westly, wants to put a little eBay into state government.
Giving is just as good as receiving for states belonging to the multistate information sharing and analysis center.
Mapping government IT
New Jersey's Department of Human Services faces a firestorm of controversy as it looks to rebuild the image of its Division of Youth and Family Services.
Budget trouble sparks renewed interest among states in taxing sales made via the Internet.
The state has chosen to develop and employ a statewide digital mapping system that will assist public safety officials and emergency response personnel.
The city and county of Honolulu has gone live with Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Computerized Maintenance Management (CMMS)
The Open GIS Consortium (OGC) recently announced that work on the Geospatial One Stop Portal
Departments throughout the city recently formed a collective group (including Mecklenburg County) and merged their multiple street centerline databases
High-resolution satellite imagery is being used to support a significant wildlife observation study in Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea, Alaska.
The city has begun a geographic information system (GIS) strategic planning project.
Pilot projects lead the way for mobile GIS applications in local government.
Once all the buzz, the enterprise CIO may be disappearing. What went wrong?
Governments grapple with Microsoft volume licensing changes.
Tight finances prompt agencies to take a hard look at open source software.
Smart displays remotely access applications and data on desk-bound PCs.
Mapping IT Government
California CIO J. Clark Kelso attempts to repair the state's IT governance structure.
How poor communication and other nontechnical issues hampered Arkansas' innovative statewide ERP implementation.
While Arkansas' ERP implementation got plenty of bad press, Pennsylvania's Imagine PA seems to be cruising along smoothly. What's the difference?
California finds itself at the core of a debate over centralization vs. decentralization as the state attempts to rebuild its IT management structure.