InformationWeek 500: 10 Government Organizations That Understand IT Innovation

Cheaper, faster, better isn't just the rallying cry of the private sector

September 15, 2009

IT professionals in government, as in all industries, are under pressure. Sure, resources are tight, and legacy IT systems and processes are the norm, but there's also a growing expectation among the public that government agencies be more transparent and efficient and that their services be Web-enabled. What are government IT organizations to do?

Many are getting creative in how they apply technology to meet their mandates. At the local, state, and federal levels, government technologists are employing Web 2.0 tools, cloud computing, and new applications and systems. "There are innovators throughout government," says Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Media, co-sponsor of the Gov 2.0 Summit and Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase with TechWeb, publisher of InformationWeek. O'Reilly says the Obama administration's emphasis on transparent, participatory government gives government IT pros "air cover" for doing things differently. "I'm seeing a lot of receptivity," he says.

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