Toward A More Innovative Government


New innovations are taking state and local government by storm. While these technologies have received ample visibility and legislation at the federal level — most recently with publication of the Federal Source Code Policy1 — some of the most substantial leaps are happening behind the curtain of state and local agencies. The democratization of cloud computing, open data policies, and advanced analytics is flooding a wave of innovation in these corridors, but the new capabilities they offer demand that state and local organizations re-evaluate long-held processes and improve on legacy systems. More than just a technology upgrade, many are grappling with the challenges of a shrinking budget, limited resources, and shortage of IT talent. In order to better understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome such challenges, Government Business Council (GBC) and Red Hat undertook an in-depth research study in October 2016.


To assess the perceptions, attitudes, and experiences that state and local leaders have regarding innovation in their own governments, GBC deployed a survey to a random sample of state and local recipients in October 2016. The pool of 331 respondents includes a largely senior audience, with 81 percent holding VP/senior level positions or above. Respondents also represent all levels of state and local government, including municipal, county, township, and special district governments.

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Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture with Exadata Cloud at Customer and Exadata Cloud Service

The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is engineered to deliver dramatically better performance and cost effectiveness, with inherent high availability features for Oracle databases. Exadata features a modern cloud-based architecture with scalable high performance database servers, scalable intelligent storage servers with state-of-the-art PCI flash, and an ultra-fast InfiniBand internal fabric that connects all servers and storage. Unique software algorithms in Exadata implement database intelligence in storage, compute, and InfiniBand networking to deliver higher performance and capacity at lower costs than other platforms.

Leveraging all the benefits of Exadata, Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service (ExaCS) is now offered in Oracle Public Cloud for customers who want to run mission critical databases in the public cloud and utilize the offsite nature of cloud for Disaster Recovery purposes. For customers who desire the benefits of the cloud, but require their databases to be located local in their datacenters, they can choose Oracle Database Exadata Cloud at Customer (ExaCC). ExaCC delivers the world’s most advanced database cloud to customers and is ideal for customers who cannot move their databases to the public cloud due to sovereignty laws, industry regulations, corporate policies, or organizations that find it impractical to move databases away from other tightly coupled on-premises IT infrastructure. Continue reading “Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture with Exadata Cloud at Customer and Exadata Cloud Service”

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The Business Value of UX- Taking ROI to an Institutional Level: A Conversation with Jeff Horvath

“It’s great to provide solutions that users will love, but if those solutions aren’t providing business value for your organization, then there’s usually not a place for them.

“Most companies, after all, are not providing an altruistic service. Instead, the goal is to provide users with the best possible user experience in a way that provides your organization with the best possible business results.
“That’s why we’re still talking about ROI today because management and executives will always need to be mindful of running their business efficiently and profitably.”

In the end you need to define what gains you hope to achieve from any given UX effort. Your ROI then is simply the ratio of your anticipated gain to your overall investment.

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Bonus Tip: What is user experience (UX)? How do you design websites to be more trustworthy and convincing? Do you know how you can contribute to your organization’s thinking on user-centric strategies?

Human Factors International (HFI) offers a suite of user experience training courses for everything you need to know about UX design—from knowing your users to creating compelling online interactions to growing to industrial-strength UX.


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Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Search- Performance Characterization Using JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Search

Following the release of EnterpriseOne Search in EnterpriseOne Tools, the Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne development team initiated a project to characterize the performance of this feature with standard ‘out-of-the-box’ interactive applications and batch processes. The purpose of the performance characterization was to investigate the efficiency of various EnterpriseOne Search configurations and the impact to standard EnterpriseOne applications and batch performance when users were also running the EnterpriseOne Search feature.

The resulting performance characterization concluded:

1. EnterpriseOne Search returned a result set within seconds when the evaluation of the database query resulted in a database-indexed search. The key factors that affected how fast a database-indexed search performed are the total number of records in the primary table searched and the size of records returned in the result set. For example, a database-index search on a smaller EnterpriseOne table performed faster than a database-index search of a larger table. Similarly, on the same-sized table, a database-index search performed better when the result set returned was smaller. Continue reading “Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Search- Performance Characterization Using JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Search”

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Agile Data Management in 3 steps

Data is the oil of the digital economy. And the quantity and diversity of data just continues to grow. More and more sources of data from within and outside an organization can be accessed and integrated, analyzed and made available to the organization. As an increasing number of directors and managers want to be able to make decisions on the basis of data, the quality of that data is of great importance. This paper aims to show how robust data management can be configured in such a way that data, in whatever quantity, can become and remain a reliable resource. Clearly defined ownership and management of data pave the way to a truly data-driven organization. A way that leads to proper coordination of people, processes and technology so that data can be used efficiently and effectively. And good data management makes organizations agile.

This paper is neither a model for the development of a data vision, nor a manual for reorganization, but rather a pointer. In this paper you will read how to make your organization ready for a data-driven future in three steps using the independent DMBoK data management model. Quint Wellington Redwood has used this approach successfully many times. Two cases illustrate that.

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Source: Quint Wellington Redwood

Bonus Tip: Training your people in agile working is the ideal way to align your organization or project team with the concepts of Agile and its associated methodologies. Although many people talk about using Agile, there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings. Proper Agile training helps to embed the concepts and clarify the differences between the various methods available.

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