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The Download - November 2015

Agency Communications

Internet Explorer Support

Effective January 12, 2016, Microsoft will only support Internet Explorer (IE) 11 on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. This means that in order to receive IE updates—including security updates and technical support—Franklin County needs to upgrade to IE11 prior to the January deadline to maintain our security and support standards.

In the coming weeks, you can expect to receive communications from the Data Center which will provide instructions and timelines regarding when your agency will receive the upgrade. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Customer Service Center at CSC@franklincountyohio.gov or 614-525-3282.

Team Foundation Server

By Tasha Hyler, Project Coordinator, Franklin County Data Center

Have you ever heard that two heads are better than one? Well, the Data Center is extending our collaboration service offerings through the implementation of Team Foundation Server (TFS). As of 11/13/2015, Data Center developers will be utilizing TFS for ColdFusion applications. The execution of TFS for version control and deployment services will serve as a valuable method to enhance existing verification measures and further ensure that the code published to our production environment is stable and correct. Extending the use of this service to our agencies and vendor partners facilitates teamwork, support, and an efficient production environment on which everyone can depend. If you are interested in learning more about TFS and the Data Center's other service offerings, please contact our Customer Service Center at CSC@franklincountyohio.gov or 614-525-3282.

Did You Know...

Gartner Wrap Up

By Sean Snyder, Director, Application Development, Franklin County Data Center

Earlier in October, three Franklin County Data Center directors attended the 2015 Annual Gartner Symposium in Orlando, Florida. The Symposium is host to public and private sector IT executives from around the world, and the team gathered some valuable insights to bring back to Franklin County.

Gartner Wrap Up

Here are the top insights from the 2015 Gartner Symposium:

  1. Franklin County needs to leverage peer–to–peer engagement in order to avoid potential issues when beginning an unfamiliar project or technology. If we can study how another county organization solved the problems they encountered when undertaking the same or a similar initiative, we can avoid spending valuable time and effort trying to resolve an issue that already has been solved by another entity.
  2. 'Digital Workplace Technology' is becoming increasingly important in a fast–paced, technological environment. By implementing several new smart tools in our own workplaces, employee agility and engagement will be better suited to fulfill county business needs both now and in the future.
  3. The cloud is here to stay. We should look for opportunities to best leverage it and understand where it can create new capabilities and capacity with low overhead.
  4. Algorithms are our keys to success. We should know, inventory, and share them for the benefit of the county and our constituents.
  5. We should always choose 'Influence' over 'Control' because 'Influence' scales.

Ultimately, the Gartner Symposium allowed us to remain informed on current technology trends and IT business practices. It also provided us with the opportunity to network with our peers, sharing experiences, challenges, and successes and exchanging relevant knowledge.

GIS

By Haley Callahan, Executive Administrative Assistant, Franklin County Data Center

GIS Day

GIS Day is Wednesday, November 18, 2015. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is the capture, analysis, and management of all types of geographical data. This technology is used by cities and counties in government business for a multitude of reasons. For example, the Franklin County Auditor's Office uses GIS to appraise and reappraise the thousands of parcels of real estate within Franklin County. According to the Real Estate Department in the Auditor’s Office, using GIS to help with this process has a positive impact by "greatly increasing the auditor’s information storage, retrieval, inventory and analysis capabilities, ultimately resulting in equalized taxation for the taxpayers of Franklin County."

The Ohio GIS Day event is being held on November 18 at Kent State University. The day’s events include an address from Stu Davis, CIO of the State of Ohio. The Ohio City/County Information Technology Association will also be hosting a drone information session presented by Ryan Smith, Director of UAV Technology for the Ohio Department of Transportation. The event will be held from 10am to 2pm and is open to anyone interested in attending.

Source: https://www.franklincountyauditor.com/real-estate/gis

Tech Corner

Using UAVs to Solve Problems

Watch the video below to learn more about how unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology is being used by government and businesses to facilitate difficult maintenance initiatives.

IT Leadership Forum

October Franklin County IT Leadership Forum

By Max Starner, Client Executive Manager, Franklin County Data Center

The use of drones — unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) — can evoke negative reactions. At the October Franklin County IT Leadership Forum, however, Ryan Smith of the Ohio Department of Transportation enlightened the attendees on the State of Ohio's initiative to promote this evolving technology. Alex Fried from Asymmetric Technologies also presented, demonstrating how UAV technology is being used by government and businesses to facilitate maintenance in hard–to–reach areas like towers, tunnels, and pipelines.

IT Leadership Forum

Mr. Smith said the Governor's UAV initiative is being carried out by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). ODOT has developed a strategy for UAVs that is referred to as "create – elaborate – and fly". They have partnered with the State of Indiana to form a key knowledge industry for the State of Ohio which promotes and assists with UAV initiatives. These initiatives are essentially whatever functions government officials and businesses decide, from the surveying of land to delivering goods to the consumer. An Ohio / Indiana UAV Center has been created which offers an array of resources and variety of test ranges to support research, development, and testing for business, government, and academia. Mr. Smith also elaborated on what flying credentials and permissions are needed to fly UAVs in Ohio.

The meeting adjourned to the Courthouse basement, where Mr. Fried demonstrated the equipment his company uses on UAV–contracted assignments. He provided a visual representation of how Asymmetric Technologies were able to fly a UAV around a high voltage electric tower to find a faulty chipped insulator at the top of the tower. The fault was located on the first pass, and the use of a UAV eliminated the need for the energy company to have a member of its staff climb the tower and spend hours conducting a dangerous visual assignment.

Ultimately, the October forum offered a perspective on the benefits of UAV technology and the positive impact it could have on government.

The Franklin County IT Leadership Forums will resume in February 2016.