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July/August 2007

You don’t have to look far to find homage to the importance of green initiatives. From Hollywood to government to the media, it’s captured the national spotlight. And necessarily, it’s top of mind for many IT staffers in the public sector where green initiatives have been a mandate for years.

Features

Departments

Besides all those municipal Wi-Fi networks going up in cities across the nation for public use, state and local governments have also led adoption of wireless technologies for applications such as reducing paper and enhancing public-safety operations. But the FBI cautions that the networks on which those apps run are at risk from intruders.

When 74-year-old Alzheimer’s patient Lucia Rivera went missing from her home, Pennsylvania State Police sent a recorded phone message directly to residents within a five-mile radius of her home asking them to be on the lookout.

When 74-year-old Alzheimer’s patient Lucia Rivera went missing from her home, Pennsylvania State Police sent a recorded phone message directly to residents within a five-mile radius of her home asking them to be on the lookout.

Opinion

You know that carefully executed vision that serves as the foundation for your information technology department? The one the entire IT team brainstormed on until it was perfect? The one that will address all of your agency’s concerns and bring about success? Throw it away.

IT leaders spend a lot of time crafting visions: Where are we now? Where do we want to go? How will we get there? But when they talk about “we,” they often leave out the most important component — their customers.

Disaster recovery and business continuity should never be taken lightly, but sometimes they can be difficult to define and fully quantify. Yet, identifying the elements that are vital to bouncing back quickly from disaster can be the most essential factor in responding effectively during a crisis.