February 12, 2011    /    by

President Obama Promotes Broadband: Northern Michigan WiMax Solution Showcased

Egyptian democracy and high-speed Internet are not topics that typically go together, but they were both highlighted during President Obama’s speech this week in Marquette, Michigan.

Egyptian democracy and high-speed Internet are not topics that typically go together, but they were both highlighted during President Obama’s speech this week in Marquette, Michigan.   But the President was not discussing the Google marketing executive who helped to start the Middle East protests with his social networking comments a few weeks back. This trip to Michigan was about jobs, high-speed Internet access and our new economy.

ABC News reported: READ MORE

January 31, 2011    /    by

Progress on Wiring Rural America for High Speed Internet

A quiet, but dramatic, change is well under way in rural America. Over the next two years, Broadband Internet access will become available to many parts of the United States that have been struggling with only dial-up connectivity up until now

A quiet, but dramatic, change is well under way in rural America. Over the next two years, broadband Internet access will become available in many parts of the United States that have been struggling in the digital age. These areas currently have limited high-speed access that is affordable, and many areas have no online connectivity or slow dial-up speeds.

USA Today ran a major article on this topic following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last week. The story is entitled: Stimulus funds help wire rural homes for Internet. The focus is on our new digital infrastructure which is vital for new 21st century jobs, health care and more. READ MORE

January 15, 2011    /    by

WikiLeaks Lessons for State and Local Government

“What do think about that WikiLeaks situation?” I’ve been getting that question a lot lately - not only from the typical techies or security pros, but from just about everyone else.

“What do think about that WikiLeaks situation?”

 I’ve been getting that question a lot lately - not only from the typical techies or security pros, but from just about everyone else. From government leaders to self-confessed Luddites to elderly acquaintances at church, lots of people are talking about WikiLeaks – still. READ MORE

December 29, 2010    /    by

Government IT Trends to Watch in 2011

It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be recapping 2010 and making technology predictions for 2011. Here are my favorite predictions and some important trends to watch regarding government technology infrastructures for 2011.

   It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be recapping 2010 and making technology predictions for 2011. While I don’t plan on recapping the first decade again or make any bold predictions for the future, I will offer some important trends to watch in government technology infrastructures for 2011.

But before I do that, here are a few of the top 2011 technology prediction articles that I have read by others: READ MORE

December 19, 2010    /    by

Cloud First Policy -- What Does It Really Mean?

The Federal Government has issued a cloud first policy as a part of the Office of Management and Budget s 25-point plan to reform federal information technology management. What does it mean for state and local governments?

The federal government has issued a "cloud first" policy as a part of the Office of Management and Budget's 25-point plan to reform federal information technology management. The policy was described by federal CIO Vivek Kundra during a December 9, 2010 presentation. This cloud first policy was presented as an important aspect of government reform efforts in order to achieve operational efficiencies by adopting "light" technology and shared services.

The potential benefits from implementing cloud computing are huge. One slide near the ends of the Mr. Kundra's presentation offered this bullet on how reforms will change the status quo: "Utilizing 'Cloud First' approach, provision solutions on demand at up to 50% lower per unit cost." READ MORE

December 4, 2010    /    by

Innovative RFPs: Back to the Requirements

It s not in the contract. We hear these words every day in government. The challenge is huge: To be innovative in our RFPs or Invitations to Bid (ITBs) and still be efficient.

"It’s not in the contract.” We hear these words every day in government.

Or, “Why can’t we just get the system to do it this way?” READ MORE

November 21, 2010    /    by

Will States Adopt Federal IT Management Changes?

The US Office of Management & Budget (OMB) will be implementing fundamental changes that “entail structural changes in how programs are funded, staffed and managed.” The plans call for a “cloud-first” policy which boosts the use of government cloud computing for new systems.

According to Federal Computer Week (FCW), the Obama administration has developed a five-pronged strategy for improving IT management in the federal government. The US Office of Management & Budget (OMB) will be implementing fundamental changes that “entail structural changes in how programs are funded, staffed and managed.”

The plans call for a “cloud-first” policy which boosts the use of government cloud computing for new systems. READ MORE

November 5, 2010    /    by

Transitioning to 2011 Priorities

There are many ramifications from the state and local government election results this week, such as this article which highlights new Governors to bring big turnover of State CIOs. So what should current (or prospective) government technology professionals be doing now to prepare for 2011?

 There are many ramifications from the state and local government election results this week, such as this article which highlights new Governors to bring big turnover of State CIOs.  So what should current (or prospective) government technology professionals be doing now to prepare for 2011?

 One place to start is the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) latest priority list. Here’s a quick peek at the top five priority strategies for 2011:   READ MORE

October 23, 2010    /    by

Learning from Mistakes and Being Off Balance on Purpose

Our Michigan Digital Summit was held this past week, and the opening keynote was truly different in a fun way.

Our Michigan Digital Summit was held this past week, and the opening keynote was truly different – in a fun way. Dan Thurman motivated, challenged, inspired and entertained us while illustrating concepts from his two books: Off Balance On Purpose and Success in Action. To get a sense for what this acrobatic performance is like, check out this preview video.

Trying to summarize his presentation is a bit like trying to tell a young child about the circus. Words certainly don’t have the same impact as the visual experience. Still, I’m taking a stab at some of the points that I took away from Dan Thurman’s high-powered performance. READ MORE

October 9, 2010    /    by

Mobile Device Management - More Smartphones Mean More Questions for CxOs

What is clear is that the battle for mobile apps is heating up, and the mobile OS space has moved up to become a core issue for CxOs over the next few years.

Microsoft is set to launch new devices running their Windows Phone 7 (WP7) operating system (OS) on Monday. While this is being labeled by industry experts as a vital new offering from Microsoft, new questions continue to arise for global enterprises. What mobile platforms should be allowed? Should standards be set to limit user choices or should customers be able to choose an iPhone, Blackberry, Droid or any other mobile device? The “cool factor” and business benefit may be real, but what are the hidden costs?

What is clear is that the battle for mobile apps is heating up, and the mobile OS space has moved up to become a core issue for CxOs over the next few years (along with cloud computing, identity management, data analytics, virtualization and a few other hot topics). Not only are the stakes very high, the issues are complex for government infrastructures. READ MORE