Tod is a Governing columnist and the senior editor of our sister publication, Government Technology. He was previously the editor of Public CIO, e.Republic’s award-winning publication for IT executives in the public sector, and is the author of several books on information management.
To help the incoming governors understand what to focus on, here’s a list of five important technology issues, based on the results of a recent survey by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). A well-run IT operation can help modernize a state and keep it operating efficiently. But it takes an awareness of the issues to ensure success.
The Boston Transportation Department has gotten smart. Of course, it’s always relied on data to manage traffic and plan new initiatives. But now, the agency is taking it further -- a lot further. To give you an idea, here’s just a sampling of its current data projects: The agency is collecting data via online surveys with city residents on what they want for future mobility and transportation needs.
The state of Michigan wants to become the most secure and digitally advanced state in the nation. Now, it has one of the country’s leading tech firms to help make that happen. On Monday, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the state was teaming up with Cisco to launch the State Digital Acceleration (SDA) program aimed at energizing the economy through innovation in mobility, the digital economy, training and education, and citizen-centric government.
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Selecting a term
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