By Terry McGee
If you think that public sector organizations can’t be leaders when it comes to IT management, think again.
At Ipswitch’s Network Management Division, we work with government IT teams at the federal, state and local levels every day, and get to see just how innovative they really are. It’s one of the public sector’s best-kept secrets.
Thankfully, government IT departments are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Matt Asay, blogger at ReadWrite (they dropped the Web last year) wrote a great piece last month, listing several examples of innovation in government IT. The Wall Street Journal has also profiled the steps Chicago is taking to filter previously fragment information into new analytics software that policymakers can use in the city’s infrastructure planning process:
The system will allow policymakers to analyze disparate pieces of information from across agencies, including crime statistics, building and business permits, and transcripts from resident complaints, Chicago’s chief data officer, Brett Goldstein, told CIO Journal. Goldstein hopes the system, which will be available to all agencies, will help officials parse out patterns for violent crime and allow public workers to provide better services by understanding how different factors affect city life.
Chicago’s team is also doing this with little funding, as the city works to close a $300 million budget deficit. Talk about doing more with less…
If you’re working in public sector organizations, we’d love to hear about the new projects your team is working on – and whether or not you’re getting the credit you deserve.
For IT folks in the private sector, we hope this starts to change your perspective on your government counterparts.