December 5, 2009    /    by

Are Deeper Budget Cuts Coming?

 Are deeper budget cuts coming for struggling state and local governments? After a year filled with tough news regarding furlough days and more belt ...

 Are deeper budget cuts coming for struggling state and local governments? After a year filled with tough news regarding furlough days and more belt tightening, technology executives across the nation are pondering that question. Even as good news was announced yesterday regarding the unemployment rate falling to 10% in November, the holiday season remains focused on plans for 2010.

Stateline.org ran an article entitled: After furloughs, states mull permanent cuts. Here's an excerpt: READ MORE

November 30, 2009    /    by

Web Sites Struggle on Black Friday: Cyber Monday is Next

 Technology directors around the nation were watching the weekend news very closely for events regarding online sales on Black Friday (the ...

 Technology directors around the nation were watching the weekend news very closely for events regarding online sales on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). No, I'm not referring to economic activity or potential impact on our nation's economy. After the troubles experienced by Walmart and others in 2008, many stores offered more doorbuster deals online.  

 The initial news was mixed, but bad for some portals. Here are a few related stories: READ MORE

November 25, 2009    /    by

Giving Thanks At Work

How do you give thanks at work?   One USA Today headline this morning read, "The spirit of the season: Be thankful, spend less."   ...

How do you give thanks at work?

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November 20, 2009    /    by

My Take on NASCIO's Top 2010 Priorities

The National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) has again polled state CIOs to determine what's hot and what's not as we head into&...

The National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) has again polled state CIOs to determine what's hot and what's not as we head into 2010. Here's my take on their survey results.

 Government Technology Magazine summarized the results into two categories. The top three in each category are:  READ MORE

November 13, 2009    /    by

New Cyber Security Technology Alliance Points the Way

Lockheed Martin and thirteen other leading technology providers announced the formation of a new cyber security technology alliance yesterday. The announcement took place ...

Lockheed Martin and thirteen other leading technology providers announced the formation of a new cyber security technology alliance yesterday. The announcement took place in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The event coincided with the opening of the new Lockheed Martin NexGen Cyber Innovation and Technology Center

According to Government Computer News, "the new NexGen facility will be able to tap into the defense center's data feeds, or simulate government agency computing environments, and test various approaches to mitigate cyberattacks.... The new center also features dedicated distributed cloud computing and virtualization capabilities. Those capabilities would permit an agency to simulate a network under attack and test various responses. For instance, analysts could replicate an operating network and freeze it on a second virtual location, in order to study the nature of the attack, while still supporting the primary network." READ MORE

November 1, 2009    /    by

NASCIO Best Practice Submissions Worth Reading

 The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) released their list of best practices at their annual conference in Austin, Texas last week. ...

 The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) released their list of best practices at their annual conference in Austin, Texas last week. I think the entire list of submissions deserves more attention by federal, state and local technology pros. The list of best practice recipients, as well as the other finalists in each category, can be found at the NASCIO award web site.  

 In my opinion, the list of thirty top submissions (three in each of the ten categories) should become required reading for government technology professionals nationwide. No, I'm not talking about the summaries, but the full (six page) write-ups. These projects offer the right mix of people, process and technology innovation which is essential to program success. READ MORE

October 27, 2009    /    by

Citizen Satisfaction with Federal Websites Surges

The University of Michigan released a report today rating and ranking 104 federal government websites in terms of how well the satisfy citizens. The report is ...

The University of Michigan released a report today rating and ranking 104 federal government websites in terms of how well the satisfy citizens. The report is the well-known quarterly American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) E-Government Index. Each of the 104 websites is given a score on the Index's 100-point scale.

The report shows that satisfaction with e-gov is at an all-time high, had the greatest quarter-over-quarter increase since the study was founded 6 years ago, and that many individual government websites are outperforming private sector stalwarts like Amazon and Google in terms of customer satisfaction. READ MORE

October 26, 2009    /    by

Should Governments Move to Windows 7, Linux or Wait?

 What's the best strategy regarding upgrades to your desktop and netbook operating systems? Should governments move to Windows 7, Linux or wait for Google's ...

 What's the best strategy regarding upgrades to your desktop and netbook operating systems? Should governments move to Windows 7, Linux or wait for Google's new Chrome OS?

 Everyone is talking about Microsoft's recent launch of Windows 7. In describing the benefits of their new operating system, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer called Windows 7 "simpler, faster and more responsive" than Vista. Annoying prompts and frequent pop-ups have now been eliminated, and Windows 7 offers better security and fewer resources - actually running smoothly with less memory. Windows 7 can sleep and wake up faster, and if you are still running XP, the overall improvements that you experience will be even more significant.  READ MORE

October 19, 2009    /    by

Three Tools for Success: From Ironman Triathlon to Technology

 This past week we held the annual Michigan Digital Government Summit in Lansing. Our opening keynote was presented by Mark Allen, six ...

 This past week we held the annual Michigan Digital Government Summit in Lansing. Our opening keynote was presented by Mark Allen, six time world champion, Ironman Triathlon. He offered many motivational examples of how he overcame numerous obstacles in his life to achieve success in his endeavors. Mark encouraged each of us to apply those same tools and principles to our daily lives. 

 Here is what the Summit program guide said as an introduction on the session: READ MORE

October 4, 2009    /    by

Are Google Outages Becoming a Serious Problem?

 It was Saturday morning, October 3, 2009, and I was trying to log into my gmail (Google mail) account about 7:45 AM (EST). After typing in ...

 It was Saturday morning, October 3, 2009, and I was trying to log into my gmail (Google mail) account about 7:45 AM (EST). After typing in the URL and hitting return, nothing happened. The screen froze. I tried Google search, and I got the same thing. What's going on? 

   I quickly tried Microsoft's Bing search, no problems. I also visited USAToday, the Detroit News, our State of Michigan portal and others. They all worked - and they were fast. I thought: "No, the Internet is not down and my home wireless network is working fine."  READ MORE