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For effective IT delivery, understand the business first, says Utah CIO

by Jake Williams

Utah's Mike Hussey says he's working to reform the state's development process to one focused on business outcomes at the beginning of a project.

Higher education is rethinking its fundamental model, Horizon Report says

by Colin Wood

As American universities face an existential crisis, a new report published this week says higher education’s most pressing long-term goals are to fundamentally redesign how institutions work and to disaggregate the degree process. The latest Horizon Report for higher education cites “economic and political pressures” behind fundamental changes in how institutions of higher education function. In particular, the report points to high rates of student debt and a more diverse student…

How to strengthen security seamlessly with cloud

by WorkScoop Staff

State and local government agencies are turning to cloud to streamline and strengthen their organizations' cybersecurity efforts.

Voice assistants are helping Utah keep the conversation going with citizens

by Ryan Johnston

When Utah Chief Technology Officer Dave Fletcher thinks about how to integrate technology into state government, two criteria come to mind. “What we try to do is focus on the things that will improve quality of life and keep our citizens engaged,” Fletcher told StateScoop.  Utah, which has emerged as a leader among its contemporaries in online services, has found that the emerging technology of voice-activated digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa…

Meet PAIGE, San Francisco's promising young IT procurement chatbot

by Colin Wood

San Francisco city procurement officials are experimenting with a new chatbot for internal use that is expected to clarify one of government’s most confusing processes. After a soft launch on Jan. 1, the Office of Contract Administration is now honing a digital assistant designed for use by workers across the city-county government who want to buy IT products, but aren’t sure how. Her name is PAIGE. She speaks with a…

Police could be doing so much more with body cameras, says former chief

by Colin Wood

Jonathan Parham says that when it comes to body-worn cameras, law enforcement is missing out on a big opportunity. Parham — who retired as the chief of police for the City of Linden, New Jersey, on Jan. 1 — told StateScoop that law enforcement’s focus on body-worn cameras as a mere additional witness in the sometimes contentious relationship between police and the public falls woefully short of the technology’s potential. Instead…

As Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe passes the torch, his technology Cabinet looks back

by Colin Wood

On Saturday, Gov.-elect Ralph Northam will be sworn in as Virginia’s new leader, replacing Terry McAuliffe and bringing a new Cabinet with him. And while the incoming Democrat has telegraphed his intention to continue the commonwealth’s efforts on technology workforce development, education, economic development, data analytics and autonomous systems, the transition marks the end of a short but influential pro-technology reign under McAuliffe. Northam hasn’t yet named his secretary of…

D.C. CTO Archana Vemulapalli announces resignation

by Colin Wood

Washington, D.C., Chief Technology Officer Archana Vemulapalli is resigning, her office’s Twitter account announced Tuesday. Appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser in January, 2016, Vemulapalli is credited with having led a wide array of technology projects in the District, including improving the local government’s cybersecurity posture, drafting and advocating for equitable and effective smart cities policy, and serving as a vocal leader in the national discussion around diversity and inclusion in…

Sacramento wants to become the next big tech center

by Colin Wood

A new initiative called the Sacramento Urban Technology Lab is the California capital's bid to become a global influencer in the emerging technologies market.

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