Outsourcing of email with hosted services like Google’s Gmail and Microsoft Office 365 is fairly common now. But until recently, major application outsourcing was rare. Today, some government agencies looking to take advantage of the many benefits hosted applications can offer have begun migrating major applications to the cloud.
Multiple factors appear to be driving the trend, but continued budget struggles are chief among them. Because cloud computing provides a consumption-based model for the cost of computing resources, it can significantly reduce expenses.
The city of San Jose, Calif., is stopping its investment in several siloed platforms and stepping into the cloud, says CIO Vijay Sammeta.
In a buildout with Microsoft Office 365 and Storsimple, the city will begin work immediately, with plans for project completion sometime early next year.
States must implement an enterprise-wide architecture for the exchange of health information, especially as state CIOs continue to take on different roles under healthcare reform. That was one of the takeaways from a new study by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
Want to have a great tomorrow? Start tonight with rituals to free your mind, cleanse your spirit and organize your business and life.
June 24, 2013
Intriguing new research, reported in Scientific American, reveals that rituals can have a strong influence on our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. These traditions or personal routines can reduce anxiety and increase our confidence before a high-pressure task. Many sports figures have rituals. Basketball icon Michael Jordan, for example, wore his University of North Carolina shorts under his uniform for every game he played
May 23, 2013 By Melissa Maynard
After a long day of slogging through the woods, Arkansas hunters used to have to check in their game at the nearest mom-and-pop establishment. At the end of the season, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission staff would drive around the state to collect the paperwork.
Times have changed: Now Arkansas hunters can use a Game and Fish Commission app on their smartphones to upload the information immediately, allowing the state to enforce hunting regulations and manage game populations in real time.
If the unthinkable were to occur and your agency had to continue providing essential services and performing essential activities, would you know what to do and where to go?
May 22, 2013 By Steve Ressler
The next generation of government leaders is coming. With the retirement tsunami finally beginning, more and more government agencies are seeing their generation X and Y employees move into leadership roles.
So what are these young leaders passionate about? What inspires them, and where are they interested in making changes?
Luckily for you, I have some answers.
April 10, 2013 By Rachelle Chong
Today, at a San Francisco workshop on “The Future of Privacy + Innovation in California: A Workshop for App Developers,” California Attorney General AG Kamala Harris offered praise to big platforms for mobile applications like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft and RIM, who participated in and agreed to a joint statement of principles on consumer privacy. At the same time, she warned companies with mobile sites like Delta Airlines, who failed to comply with California law requiring privacy notices in its applications despite receiving a warning letter with a 30-day cure period. In December 2012, the California Attorney General sued Delta Airlines for failing to include privacy notices in its mobile apps.This self-acknowledged “carrot and stick approach” is deliberate, according to Harris keynote remarks today. The AG went to great lengths to pr