Posts Tagged ‘Department of Technology’

“Cloud-First Policy” Comes to SFGov: San Francisco’s Department of Technology Implements New IT Strategy

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

So, basically, SFGov will soon be doing more stuff through a network instead of doing stuff on-site, for better or worse.

Check it:

We implemented a cloud-first IT strategy as part of our effort to address a multimillion-dollar, city-wide budget deficit, avoid staff reductions and implement business-enabling IT solutions. Our cloud-first strategy has allowed us to roll out a wide-ranging series of transformative virtualization and cloud initiatives with CommVault Simpana software as the foundation of our data management strategy,” said Gina Tomlinson, Chief Technology Officer for the City and County of San Francisco. “These successful initiatives have helped us expand our footprint in the cloud and anticipate future demands to ensure our cloud services fulfill and grow with the needs of our agencies and community.”

Here‘s the PowerPoint.

OK, then. We’ll soon have Cloud Computing First to go with our existing Transit First policy. What other Firsts will we soon have?

Anyway, all your local government data, your parking ticket payment history records and the like, are heading up to the sky. Let’s hope they stay safe up there.

It’ll look something like this:

The company that got the contract to do this has a lot of blah blah blah about it.

See it after the jump

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“iPhone-Smashing” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Visits the Mission District

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

The first thing you may think upon meeting Federal Communications CommissionChairman Julius Genachowski is that he looks like a lawyer who just might have gone to school with Obama. Bingo!

Then you read up on how he wants to smash open the iPhone over the recent AT&T / Google Voice lockout brouhaha. You see, Jules acted with a shocking quickness. Is it because he “gets” technology? Could be.

Anywho, Mr. Chairman came to the lovely Valencia Gardens housing projects (seriously, the best in the City, more appealing than the Fillmore Center Apartments anyway) on a dreaded sunny day to highlight “the importance of broadband access in low income communities.” Check it:

Julius, second from right, chatting with the Mission Digital Connectors:

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And with other Missionites:

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Can people in the area around 14th and Valencia open up their netbooks to catch 5/5 bars worth of WiFi goodness at 54 million bits per second? Yes we can.

There’s your schmoozefest of the day.

 FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI TO HIGHLIGHT BENEFITS OF BROADBAND AT SAN FRANCISCO HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Chris Vein, San Francisco’s Chief Information Officer
and Henry Alvarez, Executive Director of the San Francisco Housing
Authority (SFHA) will welcome Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC), for a Mission neighborhood event
highlighting the importance of broadband access in low income communities.

Chairman Genachowski will tour the technology facilities at Valencia
Gardens, a SFHA community, and meet with residents of Valencia Gardens and
community leaders. Valencia Gardens is a national model for bringing high
speed internet access to public housing sites. Through the San Francisco
Department of Technology’s partnership with the Internet Archive, residents
are able to receive speeds of over 50 mbps. In addition to access, the
Department of Technology has coordinated a wide range of training and
support programs for residents of Valencia Gardens.

The Department of Technology has led an initiative to bring broadband
access to 4399 units of public and non-profit housing developments.

WHAT: FCC Chairman tours Valencia Gardens Technology Center

WHEN:           Sunday, August 2, 2009
                       3:00 P.M.

WHO:             FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
                       San Francisco Chief Information Officer Chris Vein
                       SFHA Executive Director – Henry A. Alvarez III
           Hydra Mendoza, Education Advisor to the Mayor of San Francisco
           Alan Greenley, One Economy

WHERE:        Valencia Gardens Technology Center
           360 Valencia Street
           San Francisco, CA 94103

One Tweet Does It All – Twitter Joins San Francisco’s 311 Telephone Service

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

San Francisco’s 311 telephone service, which you already know all about, now can be accessed through Twitter. Read all about it in the press release, after the jump.

Here’s a straight take of today’s press conferenceat the 311 Call Center near Van Ness and Market. And here’s writer Jackson West’s perspective. The thing about today’s announcement is that it doesn’t come with all that much of a bill, so that’s good. For what it’s worth, Washington D.C. is taking a different path with its 311 service.

Twitter co-founder Christopher Isaac Stone yucking it up with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom  at today’s presser.

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Throwing in Nancy Alfaro, “Director of 311″ and Chris Vein, City CIO and Executive Director, San Francisco Department of Technology

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And also signed in and on the scene, for some reason, were the “Virgin America Inflight Teammates”, who wanted credit for being there. Here are a couple of the friends of Oprah - there was something like six of them there today, all told. Let’s hear it for San Francisco’s little hometown airline, still around despite getting pushed around by the big boys all the time.  

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One of the things brought to the attention of 311 today via Twitter was the “illegal” viral campaign promoting the new “District 9″ film. No idea how that ticket will get resolved.  

Anyway, as promised, all the deets, after the jump.

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