As the State of Minnesota marks the second anniversary of executive branch IT consolidation this month, two significant achievements are early indicators of the success and value of the monumental two-year effort: the just-announced prestigious national award for Enterprise IT Management from the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) and the successful launch of the MNsure website, Minnesota’s custom-built health information exchange.
As the State of Minnesota marks the second anniversary of executive branch IT consolidation this month, two significant achievements are early indicators of the success and value of the monumental two-year effort: the just-announced prestigious national award to the State of Minnesota for Enterprise IT Management from the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) and the successful launch of the MNsure website, Minnesota’s custom-built health information exchange.
MN.IT staff members from @ Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and the Central office provided technical expertise in the creation of the MN Department of Veterans Affairs’ (MDVA) newly redesigned website. The site is part of the MDVA’s continuing efforts to provide the best service and care for the state’s 370,000 veterans.
MN.IT staff worked closely with the MDVA Communications Department, to translate the desires of Minnesota Veterans collected through focus groups, to an extremely user-friendly and easy-to-navigate site. The technical effort included providing a stable development environment, migration of data, design and implementation support. MN.IT also completed extensive testing ahead of the site’s launch.
Since the launch in June, the new site has received a significant increase in hits from as far away as Australia and accolades from Veterans, counties and Veteran groups.
Created specifically with Veterans and families in mind, the website is designed to be user friendly with improved navigation that will serve as a vehicle to help Minnesotans get timely information and news. It is also expected to help Minnesotans better differentiate MDVA from its close partner, the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.
MN.IT @ DNR’s GIS program was presented with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego on July 10. This award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work and innovative use of Esri's geographic information system (GIS) technology.
“This award recognizes an amazing body of work by many individuals to elevate the MN.IT @ DNR GIS program to world-class status,” said Robert Maki, Chief Information Officer for MN.IT @ DNR. “It is great to see the program recognized through this prestigious award. We seldom stop and take stock of our accomplishments. This is a great opportunity to do so.”
The Department of Natural Resources uses Esri ArcGIS technology as an essential tool in fulfilling its three-part mission of providing outdoor recreational opportunities, conserving natural resources and contributing to the economic vitality of the State of Minnesota. MN.IT @ DNR staff oversee all ArcGIS deployments within the department, providing comprehensive geospatial data management services, software development, user technical support and classroom training.
During the GIS program’s 20-year history, the DNR GIS user community has expanded from 20 specialists, to over 800 natural resource scientists and managers, plus millions of citizens making use of mapping functionality on the DNR website. Program staff members have always placed a high value on external collaboration, and championed “no-fee” distribution of public data and software resources within Minnesota and beyond.
Organizations from around the world honored at the Esri UC range across various industries, including agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities.
"The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people that are using the power of geography to improve our world and drive change," says Esri president Jack Dangermond. "At Esri, we are always deeply inspired by the passion and innovation of our users. They deserve recognition for both solving their communities’ greatest challenges and for their invaluable contributions to the continued evolution of geographic science.”
For more information about the 2013 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, please visit esri.com/sag.
St. Paul, MN August 8, 2012 - Microsoft, the State of Minnesota’s business partner on the Enterprise Unified Communications and Collaboration (EUCC) move to the cloud, has received the national Top Tech Integrators Exceptional Service Award for their collaborative work on the project. Microsoft was nominated by MN.IT Services, Minnesota's enterprise IT organization, and selected by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government as one of the 11 best organizations in the country that tailor technology solutions for government.
The Exceptional Service Award recognizes an integrator’s role as a key change agent or catalyst for process or operational change within an agency or jurisdiction. Earlier this year, MN.IT Services and Microsoft joined forces to move 40,000 emailboxes into the Cloud, increasing benefits like collaboration, system security and mailbox capacity, while also realizing decreased costs.
“Our partnership with Microsoft resulted in ground-breaking work for state government,” said Ed Valencia, CTO for the State of Minnesota. “This project pushed the boundaries of innovation by focusing not just on innovative technology, but also through such a strongly collaborative business relationship. We’re very proud of the groundbreaking work our team completed with Microsoft as our partner.”
The EUCC transition was completed in a short time with very little disruption to users. The system is expandable and available to other jurisdictions as well – like boards, commissions, cities and counties. The City of St. Paul has recently migrated to the system, for example.
Winners were selected from nominations, submitted by public sector IT entities, of companies who partnered on projects addressing such areas as health and human services; finance and administration; transportation; and economic and business development.
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.
For more information on the award and the other 2012 winners, go to the Center for Digital Government’s award site.
Northland's News Center featured a story about the work of the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth and MN.IT @ DNR to detect erosion from the 2012 floods. The story explains how the Light Detection and Range (LiDAR) technology can be used to pinpoint erosion that could become problematic in the future. Learn more by watching the video from the Northland's News Center.
The State of Minnesota has received national attention for a successful project that was a public-private partnership with Microsoft and the State of Minnesota’s executive branch. A Microsoft Customer Spotlight features a case study and news release about the project, which moved the entire State of Minnesota’s executive branch and its 35,000 employees to the cloud-based services of Microsoft Office 365.
The project was also featured in a white paper published by the National Governor’s Association, titled Top IT Actions to Save States Money and Boost Efficiency.
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