King County Information Technology receives award from CIO Magazine for innovation
Honorees recognized during CIO 100 Symposium & Awards CeremonyKing County, Washington, 08/27/2013 --
King County’s Department of Information Technology (KCIT) received recognition for generating business value through creative uses of technology earlier this month at the 2013 CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. IT Strategic Planning Manager, John Klein, accepted the award on behalf of King County.
"It was a great experience to hear how others are using technology in innovative ways and to have King County included within that group of leading technology innovators," said Klein. "While some might perceive government to be rigid and inflexible, the opposite is actually the case in KCIT where we have to be imaginative in order to meet the higher standards expected of modern government. I was proud to receive this award on behalf of KCIT and those who implemented the WorkSource solution."
KCIT was recognized for a successfully implementing Thin Client technology at a central WorkSource location to efficiently connect job-seekers and employers.
WorkSource is a critical tool for employment-seeking residents; approximately 50,000 a year walk through the doors, and receive employment and training services. At the Renton WorkSource location old computers were strung together with cast-off parts and ingenuity, and were expensive to maintain and at risk of failure almost every day. Since no fees are charged to users who are interested in using the facility's equipment to update resumes, take basic computer training classes, and otherwise become eligible candidates for jobs - replacing the old equipment with new computers was a financial challenge. Stuck with old equipment, the WorkSource team could not efficiently fulfill their mission to connect businesses and job seekers with the necessary resources and tools for successful employment, life-long learning, and business development, to ensure a strong and vital economy.
After some brainstorming, and re-thinking through the technology troubles, Master LAN Administrator Quang Truong began experimenting with Thin Client technology, to replace the aging PC's in the facility's computer labs and training rooms. Truong, along with IT Services Manager Michael Litt, and Work Training Program Administrator George Dignan, soon realized that this solution would enable a greater degree of flexibility for the computer labs. Utilizing technology, the WorkSource team can now offer an efficient connection to employment opportunities.
"It’s invaluable to have a flexible, easily deployable technology infrastructure in place where security is achievable and management of the system is seamless," said King County CIO Bill Kehoe. "We are honored to receive this award since the CIO 100 not only celebrates IT innovation, but opens communication for IT leaders to share successes at their organization and propel business forward."
"For 26 years now, the CIO 100 awards have honored the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value," said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & events. "Our 2013 winners are an outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage."
The 26th annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).
About the CIO 100 Awards:
The recipients of this year's CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of judges reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and voted on the final 100.
Complete coverage of the 2013 CIO 100 awards is online at http://www.cio100.com and in the August issue of CIO magazine.
About King County IT
KCIT is transforming the way we provide technology services by leveraging enterprise tools and capabilities created through standardization and alignment to our Strategic Plan. KCIT staff are champions of knowledge, collaboration, innovation, and teamwork.
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