December 2008

GT December 2008 Cover

Poor Economy, CIO Transitions, Improving Social Services: 2008 -- The Year in Review

Technology legislation, cloud computing and other trends and predictions.

Bad Economy, Green IT and Web 2.0 Shape 2008 IT Trends

CIOs grapple with work force turnover, budget prioritization and collaborative applications.

Teri Takai, Ken Theis, Brenda Orth and Elliot Schlanger Lead List of 2008 CIO Transitions

California, Michigan, Maryland and Pennsylvania get new CIOs; South Carolina post remains vacant.

Improving Social Services, Privacy and Project Management Top 2008 Watch List

Innovative attempts to cut program costs and improve services draw attention from observers.

Technology Legislation: 2008 Bills and Their Potential IT Impact

Measures target security, privacy, broadband availability and other technology issues.

Cloud Computing, Virtualization and Software as a Service Could Dominate 2009

Experts predict governments will focus on budget-friendly technology.


Technology Helps Arkansas Fight Meth Manufacturers

Electronic logbook helps Arkansas authorities track purchases of ingredients to make methamphetamines.

Big Picture

Operation Christmas Drop Delivers Surprises to Micronesia

U.S. airmen play Santa Claus for the people of Micronesia.

Point of View

What Does an Obama Administration Mean to Government IT?

Shifting funding priorities and focus on green technology investments could be some of the changes.

Geo Info

Digital Pen Converts Paper Marks to Digital Data

First responders and field staff use digital pen to transfer written notes to GIS maps.

CIO Profile

Chicago CIO Hardik Bhatt Describes City's Green IT Strategy

Data center consolidation and cooling changes cut energy consumption and save money.

Up Close

The Five Most and Five Least Generous State Populations

By studying tax returns, an organization determined which state is the most generous in terms of charitable contributions.


Government and Technology: Five Things We'll Remember About 2008

Alternative funding goes mainstream; public records go very public.


Network Security: San Francisco Incident Raises Questions for CIOs

Rogue administrator hijacks city network; experts tell how to maintain control of network resources.

On the Scene

Virtual Alabama Empowers First Responders

Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications demonstrates its EOC on wheels.