I just received my copy of The Year in Government Computing. It contains some great material. Unfortunately, not all of it is available online yet. This year's publication is sponsored by the Federal CIO Council which is leading the charge toward development and integration of enterprise architectural models, a major topic in this year's magazine.
A lead article on egovernment suggest that many leaders perceive egovernment to be a key in solving major government budget issues. The article spotlights three sites created by the Wyoming Business Council that are all driven by a common database. These sites are perhaps most creative web products that I have seen from Wyoming and represent a dramatic improvement. The Wyoming Business Council appears to be a quasi-governmental organization that was created several years ago from seven state agencies. Take a look:
An article on the CIO Council discusses the organization of Federal enterprise portfolio management. An OMB manager reporting to Mark Forman oversees each of four different portfolios: government to citizen, government to business, government to government, and internal federal applications. The government-to-government portfolio is important to me. The portfolio manager at OMB is Tony Frater.
Another article discusses the complexity of enterprise architecture and how you summarize and escalate the most important information to decision and policy-makers, including the capability to drill down much deeper, integrate information across the enterprise, share sensitive data with appropriate access controls, etc. "This is not information technology for information technology's sake. This is ensuring that information technology is an enabler and solves a defined business problem." Sometimes, we're not even very good at defining the problem.
Digital IQ's coverage of the release of the new Utah.gov portal. Also in Governing Magazine and the Center for Digital Government.