January 11, 2010    /    by

National Broadband Plan Delayed But Coming Soon

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski has asked congressional leaders for more time to deliver the much anticipated National Broadband Plan, ...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski has asked congressional leaders for more time to deliver the much anticipated National Broadband Plan, now due Feb. 17. According to Government Computer News (GCN), Genachowski said that,"this extension will not affect the FCC's budget for the National Broadband Plan, which was mandated as part of the National Recovery Act, and asked that it be accepted March 17."

 This entire process, which was kicked off last April, has taken much longer than orginally anticipated. The plan is an important driver for the nation's economic recovery. State and local governments have been very engaged in this broadband planning process, and many state planners are waiting eagerly for the final plan which will provide more guidance. Here's another excerpt from the GCN article: READ MORE

January 4, 2010    /    by

Watch Out - the Vooks are Coming!

What's around the corner for 2010? What new invention will be the next iPhone, iPod or blackberry? Are there any hot ...

What's around the corner for 2010? What new invention will be the next iPhone, iPod or blackberry? Are there any hot tech topics that CTOs need to be considering for their infrastructure budgets? Just as important for technology professionals, what Christmas presents might be showing up at a government office near you?

Over the holidays I was reading about upcoming innovations and technology predictions for the new year and beyond. Along the way, I came across a new term called "vooks." READ MORE

December 28, 2009    /    by

Remembering the First Decade

 As we approach a new decade in 2010, my mind instinctively goes back in time and scans the past decade.  My thoughts easily jump ...

 As we approach a new decade in 2010, my mind instinctively goes back in time and scans the past decade.

 My thoughts easily jump back to ten years ago as we prepared for Y2K and the new millennium. I recall the fear and excitement as we watched the local, national and international news on New Year's Eve to see if computer programs would crash and send the world into chaos. Our government technology teams spent over three years preparing for that night, and I remember the relief when all went well. READ MORE

December 21, 2009    /    by

Effectively Deploying Wireless LANs

Wireless Local Area Networks (LANs) have been around for years, but how can state and local governments manage wireless networks efficiently and effectively from an ...

Wireless Local Area Networks (LANs) have been around for years, but how can state and local governments manage wireless networks efficiently and effectively from an enterprise perspective? Assuming continued technology changes with budget challenges, what governance strategies can help balance security requirements while ensuring adoption and ease of use?  

Rhea Linn, who is our wireless LAN project manager for the Michigan Department of Information Technology's Office of Telecommunication, wrote an excellent article on this topic for State Tech Magazine. The article is offered as a best practice for wireless security and safeguarding wireless LANs. READ MORE

December 13, 2009    /    by

Learning from Funny Conference Calls

A funny thing happened on my way to work yesterday. Actually, the situation was pretty frustrating, and there were a few lessons learned ...

A funny thing happened on my way to work yesterday. Actually, the situation was pretty frustrating, and there were a few lessons learned regarding interactive conference calls. Here's what happened:

 I was in the car listening in to our normal 7:30 AM "Day Start" call which goes over enterprise-wide status. (To get a sense of what I'm talking about, you can watch this quick video on our technology service management center in Michigan.)    READ MORE

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