As governments continue to pinch pennies, IT budgets also are shrinking. A low-cost solution is more valuable than ever. This is abundantly clear in California, where multibillion dollar budget deficits are becoming an annual occurrence.

California’s IT leadership has touted large-scale projects like enterprisewide technology consolidation as a means of saving billions. But the money-saving impetus is also present in smaller projects. In fact, officials are looking at ways to save money in their own offices.

For example, officials recently experimented with a low-cost video streaming service for internal communication over computers, high-definition TVs and smartphones. A California IT official said a private video channel, which is currently being run by the state’s Webmaster User group, would be useful for streaming training videos so that staff wouldn’t have to attend training at a training center as well as providing other video needs.

So the state tried out a password-protected video streaming service called Dyyno that also provides low-cost videoconferencing. Nothing is being procured, especially since Gov.-elect Jerry Brown is set to take office in January, but the official said the state is pleased with the test.

It could cost the state as little as a $100 flat rate annually for an office or department to use it.

According to Vamshi Sriperumbudur, Dyyno’s head of marketing, California State University, East Bay, is currently using the solution for a video portal.

Sriperumbudur said the solution doesn’t cache the data for live video streams, but for non-live video, businesses and agencies have the option of hosting their data in-house or having the company host it.

Sarah Rich, Staff Writer Sarah Rich  |  Staff Writer

In 2008, Sarah Rich graduated from California State University, Chico, where she majored in news-editorial journalism and minored in sociology. Since 2010, Sarah has written for Government Technology magazine and covers a spectrum of public-sector IT topics, including cloud computing, transparency, broadband, and other innovative projects and trends. She currently lives in Sacramento, Calif.