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January 2011

If there's one thing experienced IT leaders know, it's to expect the unexpected.

Consider the experience of Phil Lowder, IT director of Linn County, Iowa. He had been on the job only two weeks in 2008 when a flood wiped out county buildings. Two days into the flooding, some IT staffers tried to survey the damage by boat, but there was no electricity. "Everything was moist and very dark, including the staircases," he recalls. "We had a card access system, but no keys, so we couldn't get into our department. It was not a good situation."


iPads, iPhones, and the need for performance and security boost Apple popularity in state and local government.

IT leaders from Linn County, Iowa, and other localities share their advice for bouncing back from a disaster.

As we enter a new decade, telework adoption is sure to continue because it delivers so many benefits: employee morale, cost savings and continuity of operations.Widespread broadband availability and solid technology tools give teleworkers the same capabilities as their colleagues at headquarters.

NOTEBOOK: The HP EliteBook 8440p can stand up to the rigors of the road with a rugged magnesium aluminum display enclosure and magnesium alloy chassis for durability. The notebook also offers the manageability and security teleworkers require.


Symantec pcAnywhere 12.5 remote-access tool provides efficient troubleshooting.


There's only one way to give your IT consolidation effort any hope of surviving an administrative change: Do it for the right reasons.

It's possible that everything you worked for in the old administration will begin to wash away as soon as the transition team becomes the cabinet. You may have done everything right, but like the impending tide mocking your sand castle, the new administration is sure to change the landscape. At best, they may keep some of what you've done.