Cloud computing exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic as state and local entities went virtual and focused on the delivery of digital services, but seven years ago when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts decided to shift to the cloud there was hesitancy, the state’s technology lead said.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito filed legislation seeking $4.991 billion in capital funds to support core improvements in the state’s cybersecurity, public safety, and workforce skills, among other priorities.
Massachusetts has released a new tool to give residents a new way to access their COVID-19 digital vaccine card and vaccination history.
Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced that the state of Massachusetts awarded $3.5 million in funding through its Community Compact Cabinet Information Technology grant program to 70 different municipalities.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts centralized and consolidated IT services, adding new digital workflows. Nicolas Inangelo, Senior Director of IT Service Management for the Commonwealth, described the journey at ServiceNow’s Knowledge 2019 conference in May. He shared how the project improved support services. And, helped deliver the right resources for the right issues at the right time.
The Center for Data Innovation (CDI), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, recently released “The Best States for Data Innovation,” a new report analyzing how states are using data to innovate and offer new services. Topping the overall list were Massachusetts, Washington, and Maryland. Rounding out the bottom were Mississippi, West Virginia, and Louisiana.
AT&T was awarded a $6.5 billion contract to build and operate the nationwide network FirstNet. However, the legislation that authorizes FirstNet also authorizes a state to develop its own alternative on the spectrum carved out for the network, as long as the alternative is interoperable with the FirstNet core.
“A lot of IoT focuses on the intake of information,” said Stephen Walter, a program director for the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston. “We are really interested in how IoT can push information out. How can an IoT device augment a physical space? How can IoT be delightful?”
The Consumer Technology Association released the 2017 Innovation Scorecard, ranking states in four categories: Innovative Champion, Innovative Leader, Innovative Adopter, and Modest Innovator.