Features

City of Mesa, Arizona

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Along with its desert landscapes, high heat and dinosaur relics, Mesa, Arizona, is known for having one of the lowest property taxes in the country. While this benefits property owners, CIO Travis Cutright says it can make his job a bit harder. With fewer tax dollars, which are also subject to the rising cost of […]

Collin County, Texas

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Caren Skipworth joined the Collin County, Texas, IT department in 1990, the county was running on green screen terminals software systems, those dinosaur-like computer applications that only appear now in old movies. Skipworth had worked in the private sector, which, at that time, was using desktop computers and early network technology. Collin County’s then-CIO […]

City of Garden Grove

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Garden Grove, California, installed its first personal computers in 1994, the fifth largest city in Orange County was behind the times. Most municipalities had made that transition in the late ‘80s. But IT Director Charles Kalil says there were advantages to being a late adopter. For starters, it gave Garden Grove the opportunity to […]

City of Naperville, Illinois

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Naperville launched Pulse Point Response in July 2016, it was the first city in Illinois to implement the life-saving mobile app. Pulse Point Response allows people who are CPR-certified to be notified when there is an emergency in their immediate area, and has created a city-wide safety net of first responders. So far, over […]

Chicago keeps tabs on an Array of Things

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Every day, on her short eight-block commute, Brenna Berman sees the impact of her work. Berman joined the City of Chicago in 2011 as deputy budget director, and in 2012 she was made chief information officer. Today, when a bicycle rides by as she walks to work, Berman knows that data accessible through the city […]

Cohesive Networks

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Before the cloud, every huge enterprise had a data center with walls, guards, fences and locks to secure critical data. Now, organizations of any size can use the world-class data centers run by Amazon Web Service (AWS), Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud Platform. While those providers offer some security measures, organizations operating in the cloud […]

Cabarrus County Schools

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When it comes to IT, Cabarrus County Schools has three major things going for it—or rather, three people: Dr. Katherine “Kelly” Propst, Michael Stocks and Adam Harkey. The trio has a unique management style, which helped build the most robust school district IT network in the state and keeps 36,000 devices up and running. Propst, […]

Craig Richardville – Carolinas HealthCare System

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For many people, getting access to the right medical care at the right time, for the right price, by the right physician clinician is a challenge. Patients want their medical care and access to be as easy as booking an airline ticket or reserving a table at the restaurant. That’s according to Craig Richardville, Chief […]

Curt Pederson – University of Portland

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Curt Pederson has made a career of turning troubled organizations around.  Now at the University of Portland, he’s gone from being berated with insults about the IT department on his first day to being hailed as a miracle worker. His solution is simpler than you might think. Pederson joined the University of Portland as CIO […]

Corona-Norco Unified School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When it comes to IT, Corona-Norco United School District (CNUSD) is a district of pilots. That’s not a reference to flying; it describes the small-scale, short-term projects that CNUSD experiments with before launching districtwide initiatives. In fall 2016, CNUSD completed its latest pilot program when it launched its MyCNUSD portal. Designed to create personalized user […]

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