Luke Stowe is CIO and interim director of administrative services for Evanston, Ill. One of Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2018, he works to bridge the gap between technology and business practices.
Local government IT teams often don’t have the resources close at hand to ensure their systems are ready to stand up to new threats, but can take advantage of state and federal resources to boost their cyberposture.
By making connections between groups in need of digital assistance and local nonprofits, city and county CIOs are well-poised to help overcome the realities of digital inequity exposed by the pandemic.
The pandemic has transformed many online services from “nice-to-have” to “need-to-have.” Public-sector IT leaders are central to reimagining government, and they continue to find new ways to deliver for citizens.
The novel coronavirus shifted the nature of gov tech work virtually overnight, but its long-term impacts will bring even more changes as priorities change and tech offers opportunities to shape the future.
Public-sector agencies are often tasked to “do more with less,” but challenges faced by today's gov tech leaders are more manageable when tackled with support from peers at all levels of government.
Now that the initial hype around the smart cities movement has begun to fade, gov tech leaders must examine how to use those technologies to do the most good for citizens and stakeholders alike.