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The good folks at www.pulppr.com asked me to show you their new infographic. See below. Their home page is an original, an effect I had not seen before. Check it out too and follow them at @pulpPR They raise a good point here, I''d like to expand on just a bit.

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Make a Difference - Work For Us

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We are hiring a ton of positions over the next few months. The jobs are posted on [link]. More information can be found there and you can apply on line. Why is Chesterfield VA a great place to work? Lots of reasons. Excellence - We have been the #1 digital county in the USA twice in the last 4 years. In 2010 we were voted as having the best county website in the nation. We have won numerous awards and recognitions.

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CIO Musings - Life as a Public Sector CIO: Transparency

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Nice article on #ChesterfieldVa openness & transparency. link] #cio #localgov. Time to fill out the next Digital Counties survey by the Center for Digital Government, will fit this in someplace. Posted by Barry

I Have A Job For You

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We are hiring a ton of positions over the next few months. The jobs are posted on [link]. More information can be found there and you can apply on line. Why is Chesterfield VA a great place to work? Lots of reasons. Excellence - We have been the #1 digital county in the USA twice in the last 4 years. In 2010 we were voted as having the best county website in the nation. We have won numerous awards and recognitions.

New Years Resolutions - Technology Style!

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New Years is a great time for reflection. A new start. A new set of opportunities. A time to do things differently. While you are cleaning out your closets and figuring out which gym to join, spend some time planning how you can do some new great things in your technology life. Here are five places to start. I've left "Backup your stuff" off the list this year. If you aren't already doing that, I can't help you. Security - Let face it folks, it is time to get serious about information security.

Three Innovation Hints - Millennial Style

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“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old” Peter F. Drucker Innovation has been the focus of our conversations recently on my job. How to innovate. What it means to have an innovative culture. How to define the value of innovation. Innovation is one part of my vision for the department. My deputy CIO recently gave an award for innovation within his area, and it went to one of our rockstar millennial employees, Christopher Long (@Chris_Long_VT).

Fun Linux Things

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Unix has always fascinated me. I was hired to be a Unix communications programmer in 1986. I taught myself C, learned the X.25 protocol, HDLC, the seven layer ISO model and started struggling with the bourne shell. By this time I had been coding for 11 years, having started with BASIC in 7th grade. What stuck with me through all the years and versions and languages and floppy disks is the incredible versatility of Unix.

Apple Success Isn't About Innovation

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On September 9th 2014 Apple made several major announcements in a well choreographed event in California. Consumer electronic companies all over the fruited plain were heard to say as one. Why didn''t we think of that? So, why is that?

Smart Ring Roundup

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One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. Sauron, Mordor, Middle Earth. Wait a minute. Smart Rings? Yep, thats right.

E-Government: A Graduate Class

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It has been 6 months since I posted anything to this blog. Not setting a very good example I am afraid. It has been a busy winter and spring, and I have a lot of material stored up. Now if I just had the time to write! One thing I am working on for this fall that I am very excited about is a class at VCU that is near and dear to me: E-Government.

Citizen Opinion - What Influences It?

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I just finished a graduate degree in public leadership from Virginia State University. My research for the degree focused on the opportunity to improve citizen satisfaction with local government by leveraging the trends of social media and the internet.

Survey Says.

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One chart from a recent survey I did on citizen involvement in local government. Interesting that as many people get information on their local government via word of mouth as by TV and Newspaper. More research to come! 119 Responses from 15 States

Liftoff Tips for a Social Media Program

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I frequently talk to customers, both internal and external, about how to get started with social media. These three things always come up in these conversations. There are a hundred other details that people talk about (need for a policy, how to measure effectiveness, how to get 1M followers, etc).

Social Media and Public Employees - Conclusion

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NOTE: Go back and read parts 1, 2 and 3 of this series if you have not already. It provides a wonderful basis for this. Technology trends always have the potential to create tension in the workplace. The rapid growth of social media and internet access are two such trends.

Social Media and Public Employees - Part 3 - CIO Musings

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Thalacker & O'Mara (2012) report an increase in public employee's claims of the first amendment protection in defense actions for firings or discipline for social media use: An Alabama paramedic fired in March 2012 by the

Social Media and Public Employees - Part 1 - CIO Musings

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Note: I recently completed a class for my Masters degree on personnel management which required a paper. I selected a topic for the paper based on my interests and experiences. The actual title of the paper is "Social Media

CIO Musings - Untitled Article

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Five New Years Tech Resolutions New Years is a great time for reflection. A new start. A new set of opportunities. A time to do things differently. While you are cleaning out your closets and figuring out which gym to join, spend some time planning how you can do some new great things in your technology life. Here are five places to start. Mobile Security - Smartphones are amazingly easy to lose, and it happens all the time.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

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All around the country kids have returned to school and written their papers on how they spent their summer vacations. Blogging. That is how I spent my summer vacation. I applied for and was accepted into the GovLoop featured bloggers challenge. Essentially, we agreed to post a blog entry every week for a bunch of weeks over the summer. This explain my hiatus from this blog. I was too lazy to cross-post the entries as I wrote them, so I wanted to summarize them here.

Remain Calm. All is well. Maybe Not. - CIO Musings

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The Commonwealth of Virginia IT Symposium (COVITS) is an annual event that brings together the IT staff, managers, CIOs and dignitaries from state and local government in Virginia. The focus of the conference is

State Tech Magazine Recognition - CIO Musings

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So, I am getting ready for bed and I notice I have a twitter mention on my smartphone. Bill Greeves had tweeted and posted on FaceBook that my blog was recognized in the StateTech Magazine inaugural list of the the 50

Citizen Engagement - The Rule of Three

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NOTE: This entry is also posted at [link]. I have been invited to be a featured blogger for them, which I am really happy about. Do you believe that the involvement of citizens in the management of the government makes government better? Are you willing to do things differently to reach a different segment of the population? One of the leaders I respect the most has often been heard to say that public servants are at their best when they partner with citizens.

Wearable Technology: Fad or Trend?

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This article caught my eye today. Apparently many folks who buy wearable technology don''t keep using it over time. This doesn''t surprise me, read on to find out why. I have seen a variety of form factors of wearable technology advertised or reviewed recently including watches, rings, cuffs and bracelets. I have some of them on order. I use a Pebble smart-watch almost every day at work. I use a fitness tracker bracelet for sleep monitoring several times a month.

Ten Tips for the The Technology Traveler

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One thing that has changed about travel in the last decade is the amount of technology we take with us. A friend at work asked me for tips on travelling with technology. I don''t travel that much, perhaps a trip every 2-3 months. For me there isn''t that much difference between personal travel and business travel. I use a personal laptop during each, and take about the same amount of gear. I think there are two types of technology travelers.

Ethics for (young) Technology Professionals

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Every year I give a presentation at a local technical high school through Junior Achievement on ethics. The kids in this program are sharp, sharp, sharp. They have tremendous potential, and will one day be the CIOs, CTOs, network administrators and innovators in our society. They will have the keys to the kingdon, so to speak, and their need for ethics will be paramount. Ethics are important to these professions and to young people in general.

Five Amusing Mobile Things You Missed

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I have always been fascinated by phones. My dad worked for the phone company, so some of my earliest memories are of him going to work with his tool belt and tester set hanging from it. Needle nose pliers, punch down tools and four conductor low voltage cable were staples in my house. Fast forward 40 years, and I am still fascinated by phones. Smartphones to be exact. I''ve had one of just about everything and I''ve had several different carriers. Mobile technology is one of my favorite topics.

Surviving the Budget Cycle - Tips & Tricks

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We all have to deal with it. We all loathe it. We all complain about it. We all get through it. We are talking about the budget cycle. How many of us actually use it to our advantage? Fiscal years fall on different boundaries for different organizations. Budget approaches vary widely and cost-plus, to zero-based and others.

COVITS 2013 - Opening Comments

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COVITS is the information technology conference for state and local governments in Virginia. This year I was asked to give the opening remarks before the keynote speaker. I was pleased to be able to address the crowd, and even more pleased that the conference organizer (Jack Mortimer, eRepublic) wanted to highlight the participation of the localities in the conference.

Make the CIO Transition - Order Taker to Trusted Advisor

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A recent strategic planning exercise I attended focused on a discussion of the "Balanced Scorecard" concept. This helped tie together a lot of concepts that had been rummaging around in my head and in my organization for quite a while. I must pay homage here to Dr. Robert Kaplan, one of the originators of the Balanced Scorecard concept. I also credit Mr. Richard Billingsley for compiling the information presented in the recent planning exercise.

CIO Musings - Life as a Public Sector CIO: When I Grow Up.

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I think every kid gets asked at some point about their career aspirations. What do you want to be? Interesting that the people asking the question and the kids answering the question all assume an occupation is what defines

CIO Musings - Life as a Public Sector CIO: What's Your Opinion?

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Do you like your local government? Do they help you? Do you know who they are? Do you trust them? It may surprise you to know that your local government has more to do with your quality of life than the state or the federal

Social Media and Public Employees - Part 2 - CIO Musings

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Internet Availability Growth in the use of the internet is an international trend. The International Telecommunication Union (2010) reports that 71% of the population in developed countries are online. In the United States digital

Smartphones & Fitness Apps - CIO Musings

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Chesterfield County VA has a real commitment to the health and well being of our employees. We have a program called "C-Fit" that provides all kinds of classes and wellness programs. Everything from bootcamp to smoking

CIO Musings - Life as a Public Sector CIO: 2013 Cyber Security.

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The 2013 Cyber Security Executive Order (EO) is focused on critical infrastructure and applies to federal executive branch agencies as defined in the US code. I've read the order a few times and have some thoughts. As with