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This is the time of year when government IT experts start discussing top priorities for the coming year. A few days ago, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) released a list of what it considers to be the top 10 state government IT "Priority Strategies for Management Processes and Solutions" for the coming year. NASCIO's list of priorities are shown below, in bold. Our comments and ideas are shown directly below each line item. (By the way, IDC Government Insights Webcast to


The UK Government joins the cloud crowd!

By Jan Duffy

 The Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Government ICT Strategy released very recently calls for cloud computing to account for half of central government's ICT spend by 2015.  Overall, the SIP is designed to deliver more than £1.4 billion over the next four years.  Watch for a Link that provides more detail around the SIP's content to be published next week.  Following quickly on the heels of the publication of the SIP the government issued a tender for a £60 millio

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Collision Course for Gov Cloud Procurement

By Shawn P. McCarthy

A ruling this week by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) shines an interesting light on one aspect of government  cloud computing -- the possible locations of cloud-based IT services. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has decided  that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will need to make significant revisions to the contract program which helps federal agencies move to cloud-based services, including email and other solutions.   The current rules say tha


 The UK Cabinet Office has sanctioned Bristol City Council's use of open source software alongside its existing Microsoft software as part of an ongoing review of its desktop and emails systems.  Bristol originally announced its intentions in September 2010 but ran into a roadblock when it was discovered that only three email systems -- Lotus Notes, Novell Groupwise, and Microsoft Exchange -- are certified by CESG the cybersecurity arm of the UK intelligence services.  Using an 

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The 25-point Plan: Fed IT Reform Reboots and Ramps Up

By Shawn P. McCarthy

Just in case you thought the Federal Government's  25-point Plan to reform information technology had "left the building" along with former Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, we're happy to report that the government-wide IT strategy is still alive and well. While some deliverables are lagging, Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel is still following the major parts of the plan. Progress has been made on multiple fronts. For example, in September, VanRoekel announced that the Federal CIO Council officially launched its

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I just participated in a panel at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).  The audience was included state CIOs and vendors.  During our discussion of Smart Government, the question was presented to the audienced "Baseed on what you've heard about Smart Government, if it was a stock, would you buy, hold, or sell?"  I commented to the moderator while the polling took place that we'd likely see what the cynicism level was in the room.  About 60

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21st Century Education in the Emerging Markets

By Sash Mukherjee

In a recently published study (Asia/Pacific excluding Japan Public Sector IT Spending 2010 – 2015), IDC Government Insights has found that public education spending is second only to social protection in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ). Education is an important pillar of socio-economic development. It requires immense focus, especially in the emerging markets in the APEJ that can make education a cornerstone of their development process.

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Sustainable Records Management

By Adelaide OBrien

Kaiser Permanente recently released a study regarding their use of electronic health records, and in addition to the expected benefits of positively impacting the quality of care, the study documents the additional environmental benefits of electronic health records.  The Kaiser Permanente system serves approximately 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Kaiser Permanente's member size is comparable to the 9 million Veterans Affairs patients whose paper records the VA's File

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