PMT:RPT:0315:Government Trends

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2015 Trends: State and Local Government Challenges & Opportunities

Issue Summary

Most state and local governments face significant inefficiencies that technology can dramatically alleviate if not solve altogether. But before they can deploy technologies to contend with issues such as a lack of credibility and citizen engagement, municipalities' IT teams must overcome budget shortfalls and legislative challenges that private sector tech pros only read about in the papers. This Report looks at what channel partners need to know and do to navigate the intricacies of providing government clients with the products and services they need.

Takeaways for Your Business

  • Learn what wireless and wide-area networking solutions work best for municipalities.
  • Find out why governments want open data and interactive apps — and need your help to get them.
  • Discover why government IT departments are resistant to the cloud — and how to overcome it.

About the Author

Jonathan Feldman is chief information officer for the City of Asheville, North Carolina, where he encourages innovation through better business technology and process. During Feldman’s leadership, the City has been recognized nationally and internationally (including the International Economic Development Council New Media, NATOA Community Broadband, and the GMIS Best Practices awards) for improving services to citizens and reducing expenses through IT innovation.

Feldman’s business innovation training and experience includes master’s degree from Georgia Tech's business school and more than 20 years of business technology practice with a diverse group of customers: government, military, law enforcement, financial services and health care. As a business technology consultant, he worked with dozens of public and private-sector organizations, helping them understand business benefits, risks, governance, process changes, and policies that go with new technologies. He has brought startup ideas to large organizations and works in the community as an organizer and mentor to help startups succeed. His work with Asheville's startup and open data scenes have been featured by GovTech.com and the National League of Cities. He is active in the IT, startup and open data communities, was named a "Top 100 CIO to follow" by the Huffington Post and is a co-author of Code For America's book, “Beyond Transparency.” Feldman is a popular public speaker and columnist on the topics of leadership, innovation, IT people skills and running large organizations "like a startup." Learn more about him at Feldman.org.

Twitter handle: @_jfeldman