Policymakers at all levels of government, and the public at large, as well as local and regional offices of state agencies, like to have locality-specific information. Often, aggregated stats about statewide programs or policies will be less interesting to those seeking to use data than "how it effects my County/City/Town." Appending a georeference data field to publicly-available records as a convention would allow ...more »
Use OFT as a technology "re-seller" to achieve cost savings across the board for agencies. For example web conferencing solutions — Purchase all web conferencing through a single contract at OFT and allow other state agencies to buy into that license. The state will receive substantial discounts due to volume licensing and agencies then realize significant savings by only purchasing the services they will actually utilize. ...more »
I think agencys should let people communicate through IM or e-mail on their computers ,working parents can have peace of mind at work and will get more work done and less absenteesim.
I think policies should be linked to the building block of the IT city plan. Just like, city planner enforces certain polices and standards for a particular area (e.g. residential complex, manufacturing complex etc) , similarily , we need to enforce policies at the building blocks/ cluster level. Let me give you an example, if I have to setup some policies for the ECM (Enterprise Content Management) system, then I will ...more »
One problem I face on a local level is the availability of Facebook on the county network. Many times govt. IT departments will not allow access to social networking sites due to the potential for abuse, i.e. time wasting. "Linked In" seems to be an exception due to it's business like status. (Don't tell the network admins. that's it's really a social network, please...) Twitter still works, perhaps because of the ...more »
All senior City decision-makers should be required to publish online the date and duration of all meetings with external parties. They should be allowed not to publish this information where there is a justification for not doing so, but on a regular basis each decision-maker should have to publish the number of meetings whose details he has not made public in the usual way.
As social networking continues to gain in importance as a tool for employees to connect and collaborate, there appears to be a clear divide developing between those who are permitted access to these tools by their agency and those who aren't. I attended a recent meeting of a number of agencies, and through a show of hands there was a roughly 50-50 split between those permitted access and those denied. As the State continues ...more »
In listening to Melodie Mayberry-Stewart talk about the Twitter account that posts updates about Niagara Bridges, the question came up about the risk involved in encouraging drivers to read twitter feeds as they drive across the Niagara bridges. One thinks they may be looking at these BEFORE leaving, but then some may not. My idea is to also have the electronic road signs subscribe to these feeds thereby providing a ...more »
Very good topic to discuss in this economy. However, its not an easy task to develop a plan to systematically reduce the cost of IT. I think cost should be linked to the architecture elements. In mapping costs to architectural elements and then aggregating them in various combinations (i.e. business process, capability etc) that are relevant to the business, IT can achieve a clear understanding of the costs. These ...more »
Which application or data characteristics help lead to a decision to host an application in a public cloud or within private cloud?
With a constant diminishing of the workforce, a constant expansion of services, a constant enforcement of regulatory requirements, and a constant addition of mandatory training, it is amazing that we ever accomplish anything in the State, but somehow we do. I think the agency needs to take a hard look at what we do. Are there services that should be eliminated? Are there processes that can be streamlined? It is better ...more »
New services should be rolled out in a coordinated fashion. The affected business units should be aware and trained, a rate should be established, CR should be educated, an order process should be established, and a support plan should be in place. Then the service can be advertised to appropriate customers.