Government websites should be pro-active, not re-active. In developing the necessary changes that are obvious in this dialogue discussion there should also be a vision for the future. Make necessary changes now and then make continuous improvement part of the overall objective. The goal for governmental sites should be to incorporate technologically advanced ideas in the forming of user-friendly portals of information. ...more »
IT and Infrastructure
What can we do to improve information technology and infrastructure to more efficiently manage federal websites?
One hour dialogue-a-thon Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm ET
Government agencies should move towards VMWare environments (multiapp servers) and hosted, lightweight solutions such as IaaS and SaaS to strategically align with Kundra's 25 Point Plan (e.g. cloud first policy and data center consolidation). IaaS is scalable and cost effective. Upfront capital expenditures are reduced and the Government is able to leverage a "just in time inventory".
Cutting data center costs allows for more efficient operations. Utilizing green server technologies not only conserves electricity, but saves money and helps the environment.
Liquid (oil) submerged servers can cut data center cooling costs by up to 90% and can save overall data center energy costs up to 60%, lower the PUE and save some tax payer money for more needed causes.
It is imperative the government uses Open Source Technologies, but to a predefined extent. Meaning, yes they should use technologies such as UNIX, Apache, Tomcat and other Open Source software technologies, mind you, software that's always being tested and patched to keep it safe and secure. Yet, when it comes to the actual content management systems and other vital information aggregation and dissemination systems, in ...more »
Make sure ALL goverment agencies have bilngual content managers who understand how to communicate with the public.
Put all government forms into a categorized central database. This would free up bandwidth on most government websites, make them more secure and make forms searching easier.
It would be a more centralized form of application tiering.