Named the nation's top state government Web site in the 2003 Best of the Web competition, Utah.gov epitomizes the best in its breed by combining innovative technology with first-rate customer service. Revamped and redesigned last year, Utah.gov uses XML, the standard language for displaying data on the Web, to effectively manage content on its home page. Utah's portal is also the first state in the nation to offer around-the-clock support by phone, e-mail, or live chat. Additionally, Utah.gov uses Web services for many of its interactive applications. Web services are individual functions that, when stitched together, can create enterprise-level applications, such as Utah.gov's OneStop Business Registration, which combines federal, state, and local processes into a single, easy-to-use online service.
At the close of 2003, Utah.gov boasted more than 100 interactive applications, hosted 76,000 unique page visits a day, and processed an average of 183,000 online transactions a month.
"We went for broke last year," said Utah CIO Val Oveson. "Former governor Mike Leavitt and I wanted a portal that would transform the way the state interacts with its citizens. We wanted a portal that was 24/7, high tech, and now. Utah.gov delivered."
Congratulations to Oveson for his leadership and his team for an outstanding effort. If anyone questioned Leavitt's decision to make him CIO, this has to make them stop and think twice. Under his leadership, Utah has risen to digital prominence.
A lot of liberal cry babies are complaining the with Nader in the race, Kerry loses votes. Of course, you could extend that logic and complain that with Bush in the race, Kerry loses votes. I guess they're concerned that Kerry can't compete---"just put him in a one man contest and he'll bring in the votes!" Maybe if the Democrats would nominate who someone real people could vote for without feeling like they'd just turned the country over to Jane Fonda and Ted Kennedy, they wouldn't have to worry about other candidates stealing the votes from them. I know this will come as a shock to lots of people who live close to the coasts, but elections are about choices and Nader has just given people a choice they didn't have before.
A number of people have asked what I thought about Howard Dean's meteoric fall from front runner to has-been. The implication being that somehow this kills the theory that the Internet represents a new way for politicians to connect. On the contrary, I believe in the axiom that nothing kills a bad product faster than good marketing. Dean looked good to a lot of folks until they got to know him. The Internet was probably helpful in that regard.
Harvard is now in the porn business. The Crimson reports that the College has approved a student run magazine where students will pose nude. It even has a faculty advisor. Just as long as they don't talk about religion. That might offend someone.
San Jose techno-writer Chris Gulker ought to stick to technology. In his blog he says:
Justice Department is demanding that hospitals turn over records of women who have had abortions. I think this is going way too far to push a religious agenda using the U.S. Government's resources...
Since when is being against killing something a purely religious issue? Why is it that folks like Gulker would scream bloody murder (no pun intended) if the Justice department failed to investigate charges of racial profiling, but want the same department to turn a blind eye toward violations of laws they don't happen to agree with. There's a law on the books, let the Justice department prosecute, let the courts rule, let freedom ring! That's the American way.
A marvelous article at AlwaysOn on how Howard Dean is just like pets.com. You should read it. Here's a piece:
And like Pets.com, which was able to attract money from some of the most famous investors, even at its peak, the Howard Dean for President campaign was able to attract an endorsement from Al Gore precisely at its peak. According to the Iowa Electronic Markets, Gore bought Dean (IOWA: DEAN) on December 9 at 36—and as of Feb 3, Dean was trading at only 5—meaning DEAN lost 86% of its value in less than two months. Can you say dot-bomb?
In a way, I'm sorry to see him go. Dean would have been interesting, even if he'd won, I would have enjoyed watching him. Kerry is boring and Bush is going to crush him. Hasn't the Democratic Party learned that the country doesn't want a president from Massachusetts, unless maybe its Mitt?