October 2009

Steve Emanuel, CIO, Montgomery County, Md./Photo by Cade Martin

Public CIOs' Role Shifting to Leader

CIOs manage IT, money, employees and political terrain.

CIOs and Performance Management: Know Your Metrics Before Cutting Costs

Objective IT performance benchmarks will less likely damage a valued service when it comes time to cut.

Virtualization: CIOs Find Benefits Beyond Savings

Five benefits of server and endpoint virtualization include positively impacting security, worker agility and future IT initiatives.

Five Challenges to Smarter Stimulus Spending

Analytic tools can help public CIOs spend stimulus funds expediently while providing the necessary transparency.

Four Common Pitfalls to Avoid in Shared Services Programs

Shared services requires employee buy-in, realistic expectations.

Security Adviser

How Safe Is Social Media? (Opinion)

Don't make 'bear shaving' your security policy for Web 2.0.


The Public-Sector CIO's Changing Tasks (Opinion)

CIOs evolve as problem-solvers, not just procurement managers.

Straight Talk

Firing a Public CIO for Telling the Truth Sets a Bad Precedent at Many Levels (Opinion)

Virginia CIO Lem Stewart's firing seems to be punishment for spotlighting problems with the state's contract with Northrop Grumman.


Tracking Transparency's Direct and Indirect Costs (Opinion)

Recovery.gov costs a bundle, but government openness promotes efficiency.

CTO Strategies

States Must Share Intranet Bandwidth With Local Governments for Higher Speeds and Big Savings (Opinion)

Michigan shares digital infrastructure with Oakland County for cheaper, faster connections.

Book Review

IT Budgeting and Decision Making: Maximizing Your Government's Technology Investments

IT Budgeting and Decision Making: Maximizing Your Government's Technology Investments