Posts By Amy DeWolf

GIS in the Cloud

From the private to the public sector, organizations are quickly making the transition to the cloud to streamline processes and reduce costs. The cloud is also becoming increasingly more important for GIS professionals. This is because cloud computing offers an alternative to traditional methods of consuming GIS services, allowing consumers to access GIS maps andRead… Read more »

Helping Build Obama’s OpenGov Vision- Lessons Learned

In December 2009, President Obama issued an Open Government Directive requiring federal agencies to become more transparent, collaborative with both the private and public sector, and to increase citizen participation. As a result of this directive, REI Systems, in partnership with Office of Management and Budget, helped create key websites such as,, andRead… Read more »

Improving Data Center Fitness

The mandate has been set- consolidate at least 1200 government data centers by the end of 2015. With this, government organizations are tasked with driving data center efficiency, consolidation, and if possible, shifting workloads to the cloud. We know data center consolidation can reduce costs, improve operational efficiency and provide more flexibility across your agency,Read… Read more »

Alameda County- Business Values to Social Services

Alameda County is one of the largest counties in California, with 1.9 million residents. Like many agencies across the country, the Alameda County Social Services Agency faced a resource crunch and there 2,200 employees were forced to do much more with less. In a report by IBM, Don Edwards, Assistant Director of Administration and InformationRead… Read more »

MeetUp to talk GovCloud

As more and more people move their work into the cloud, security remains the number one priority, and concern, for agencies. But now, Esri’s ArcGIS technology can be deployed in the Amazon Web Services GovCloud US Region. This means government agencies can take full advantage of the benefits of using ArcGIS in the cloud toRead… Read more »

Security Policy Changes for Today’s Threat Environment

In 2012, the number of smartphone users will reach 106.7 million with 94% of these users accessing the mobile internet. With employees accessing all kinds of information on multiple devices, agencies are presented with numerous challenges including, cyber attacks, which continue to be a challenge for IT departments on restricted budgets. In the BYOD era,Read… Read more »

Digital Government, Innovation & Communications

Post Highlights Panel Discussion: “Digital Government, Innovation, & Communications” Innovation and creativity are essential in the era of doing more with less Internal online forums can help collaboration at all levels Today I attended GovDelivery’s annual federal event, Digital Government: The Transformative Power of Communications. The event focused on how digital government, innovation and communicationsRead… Read more »

Backstage Pass: Kaiser Permanente and Integrated Care

The other day I had the opportunity to get a “backstage” tour of the Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center. Admittedly, I didn’t know what to expect when I first walked through the door, which looks remarkably like a hospital within an office building. However, after spending several hours walking the halls and seeing theRead… Read more »