Cities, Counties, Costs, and Clouds

July 21, 2011 - 3 Comments

Last week I had a great converstation over lunch with Dr. Norm Jacknis, Cisco IBSG.   We discussed how cities and counties are leveraging technologies to address issues in local communities despite tight budgets.    It was great to catchup in person, but I wanted to continue our conversation so Norm invited me to join him at the National Association of Counties (NACo) conference in Portland, Oregon.   

Thanks to the cloud, I was able to attend the NACo 2011 Technology Summit  remotely via WebEx

The theme for the event was County Survival Strategies in Tough Economic Times and showcased counties that have leveraged technologies to reduce county operations costs and enhance service delivery. 

See below for highlights 


Several counties shared best practices for using technologies to cut costs through shared services and increased collaboration.   Norm moderated a panel discussion on Cloud Partnerships and Regional Collaboration with

  • Marguerite Beirne, Chief Information Officer, Westchester County, New York
  • Phil Bertolini, Deputy County Executive/CIO, Oakland County, Michigan
  • Jack Clegg, Director of Information Technology Services, Johnson County, Kansas

The cloud advantage for government includes:

  • reduced costs
  • organizational agility
  • government transformation

Cities are also building on broadband networks to provide enhanced services for citizens such as Chattanooga Tennessee in the US with with community-wide gigabit Internet capacity, Province of Nova Scotia Canada, and around the world. 

Cisco is focused on delivering technologies and services for cloud with recent announcements

Please let me know how you are using cloud and other enabling technologies in your local government.


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  1. Hi Frank, Thanks for your comment. I agree that the cloud will provide many capabilities for governments including more flexibility during emergencies and events, ability to better manage power consumption, and sharing services effectively.

  2. This a good example how an organization is leveraging cloud technology and network virtualization to achieve some of these benefits. It is a press release from NTT in Japan who because of power is able to migrate workloads to due to rolling blackouts – all without having to change their physical network.