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Cloud computing, mobility and Big Data affect how data centers are managed today. Modernizing the data center can help governments better support these trends. Focus on areas such as power, thermal management, network infrastructure, data storage and virtualization to improve efficiency, performance and cost savings.

Discover more in the CDW white paper “Keeping Pace with Data Center Revolution,” available here.

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By 2020, 50 percent of Big Data and analytics investment will focus on citizen service, public health, smart cities and reducing fraud, waste and abuse, according to IDC Government Insights' “IDC FutureScape,” December 2014.

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Think beacon-enabled proximity marketing applies only to retail? Think again.

California’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Los Angeles Zoo both plan to tap the technology to send visitors on their way.

Users of smartphones with iOS 7.1, Android 4.3 and newer versions of the operating systems can download apps to receive location-specific information transmitted via Bluetooth Low Energy beacons (beacons are small battery-powered pieces of hardware).

The LA Zoo uses beacons to offer guests a guided tour of the Rainforest of the Americas exhibit. Users can scroll through the app to learn about the nearest animal or habitat, watch videos, listen to audio files or view photos.

And the MTA will soon add as many as 50 beacons to LA’s Union Station to guide commuters to ticket vending machines or the nearest escalator, for example.

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Ah, the power of social media. Authorities at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio recently used Facebook to arrest a suspect wanted on a range of charges, including violence and burglary, ABC News reported. The 21-year-old suspect commented on a Facebook alert the sheriff's office posted about him. The sheriff’s office response: “If you could stop by the Sheriff’s Office, that’d be great.” Read the full story here.

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Gartner’s 2015 predictions center around mobile technologies taking hold for communications and content consumption. Now smart contact lenses and smart jewelry are in development.

2016: 40 percent of smartphones will feature biometric sensors
2017: 30 percent of smart wearables will be completely unobtrusive to the eye
2018: More than half of users will go to a tablet or smartphone first for online activities
2020: Three-fourths of smartphone buyers will pay less than $100 for a device

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The National Association of State Chief Information Officers reveals the top 10 priorities for state CIOs this year:

1. Security

2. Cloud Services

3. Consolidation/optimization

4. Connectivity

5. Budget and cost control

6. Personal management

7. Strategic IT planning

8. Mobility

9. Continuity of operations

10. Customer relationship management

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State and local governments have discovered that cloud computing offers many benefits, with potential cost savings on IT infrastructure chief among them. Discover how to tackle cloud management challenges by downloading “Cloud Computing — A Practical Guide for Today’s IT Decision-Maker,” now available within CDW’s Tech Insights app. For more information, visit statetechmag.com/tech-insights-app.

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In the wake of recent news, President Obama recently proposed reimbursing communities half the cost incurred by police departments to buy body cameras and store video.

If the plan receives congressional approval, the initiative would grant $75 million in matching funds to states and localities over three years to help pay for 50,000 wearable cameras.

The purpose of the deployment is to build and sustain trust between communities and law enforcement.

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