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Newsnet, BYU's award winning online news service has now added an RSS feed for their metro (Utah) section.

Ross Mayfield has been blogging for a year now on all kinds of interesting stuff.

  posted by David @ 6:55 AM

Saturday, October 18, 2003  


Two more states, Alabama and Louisiana, have pulled out of the MATRIX project. I'm wondering if there's more here than meets the eye. Georgia is also raising concerns.

Another botched large-scale system install in King Country, WA, is causing problems. It appears that the county abandoned a $38 million Peoplesoft payroll project. We recently installed SAP payroll, the project was pretty successfu. The biggest issue was repeated delays in final implementation, but the testing and user participation was critical. Do not rush to implement a payroll system I guess is the conclusion. Our system was in the $4 to $5 million range. I can't imagine overseeing a $38 million project that resulted in failure. Little tolerance for that.

  posted by David @ 9:47 PM

Friday, October 17, 2003

A recent press release on and its recognition as the top state portal in the nation states that this is the first time the portal has been recognized in the top five. That's not quite accurate. Utah's portal was recognized as the runner up (#2) in 1996.

Al Sherwood and I are on our way to New York for an e-government leadership conference. It will be followed with the award presentation on Thursday night.

I was fortunate to attend an excellent work session earlier this afternoon on interoperability. The goal was to establish standards for sharing data between public safety dispatch agencies or PSAPs. The result was the refinement of several Justice XML standards and the acceptance of the Jabber open standard for instant messaging to enable instant message service between console operators, mobile clients, etc. There are some other potential benefits from implementation of these standards that I will discuss later, but I was excited to see this group of local and state agencies work together to effectively accomplish something that is going to yield some very tangible benefits.

The University of Utah is now installing fire extinguishers in their buildings that are electronically monitored for pressure, presence and obstruction to access. Makes a lot of sense and frees up yet another task that is traditionally assigned to staff while providing thorough documentation. Sounds like a great deal. I'll discuss it with DFCM (facilities management) as something to implement in state buildings (we have several hundred spread across the state) - this would ensure that the process is taken care of - maybe we can tie it into the wireless projects which would eliminate the task of running additional wiring.

  posted by David @ 9:45 PM

Thursday, October 16, 2003  
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