Kansas – Shining Beacon of Open Government Leadership

Recently we participated in a global Smart Cities Cisco telepresence session: Open Government, Big Data and Innovation.

This was based around Kansas City showcasing their Google Gigabit broadband services and the role it plays in enabling local innovation.

Cloud-Powered Participative Democracy

We also showcased Kansas State last year in our Open Government Webinar‘.

In this session Sean McGrath of Propylon demonstrated in his presentation ‘Re-inventing participative Democracy, one Cloud at a time‘ how Kansas is deploying a new Cloud-based application that will reinvent the legislation process for the Kansas Legislature.

In short: Cloud-Powered E-Democracy!

CIO Don Heiman explains in the logic behind the project, including the critical point about the value of Cloud Migration: Their key system was a mainframe which they could no longer support because the only expert retired!

Before this migration to Cloud computing there process consisted of cutting out pieces of paper and gluing them to the current bill being debated!

The Propylon case study of KLISS is here.

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