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CIO’s Message

I would like to congratulate Todd Nacapuy on his nomination to be state Chief Information Officer (CIO). As acting CIO until his confirmation, I will remain committed to supporting Hawaii’s IT transformation and will do all I can to support our entire technology team in the upcoming transition.

It has been a privilege to serve the people of Hawaii in this role over the past year. Our team has achieved significant progress over that time. This is especially true in the areas of stabilizing and hardening the state’s Content Delivery Network, establishing the state’s first Security Operations Center, standing up the Hawaii Government Private Cloud (GPC), and advancing the Microsoft Office 365 Project to realize cost-savings and improved functionality as well as virus protection across the Executive Branch.

In the years ahead, state employees and residents will further benefit from the Administration’s focused approach to modernize and improve government through Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) targeted projects.

As our state moves forward, I have asked our state technology team to join me in lending support to ensure that progress continues. 
– Keone Kali, Acting State CIO

In this Issue...

Governor Nominates New State CIO

Todd Nacapuy (photo)
Governor David Ige last week nominated Todd Nacapuy to lead the state’s IT initiatives as state CIO.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Senate, which is one step closer following yesterday’s unanimous recommendation by the Senate Economic Development and Technology Committee to do so.

 “Todd has the right mix of technical and business skills to upgrade the state’s technology infrastructure. Under his leadership the office will continue to identify modernization projects that are in process across the various state agencies. He will immediately focus on a few that have broad or significant impact…”

Dashboard Tracks Sustainability Progress

The Office of Information Management & Technology (OIMT) and Information & Communication Services Division (ICSD) are proud to have supported the development of the Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard, a new tool that makes it possible for officials and members of the public alike to track the progress of sustainability goals statewide.
Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard (website)
Aloha+ dashboard on Solid Waste Reduction
On April 1, Governor Ige joined the four county mayors, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), University of Hawaii (UH) and Hawaii Green Growth to launch the Aloha+ Challenge online dashboard, which features indicators for two of the six targets established under the program last year: clean energy and solid waste reduction. Indicators for the four remaining Aloha+ Challenge targets (local food production, natural resource management, smart sustainable communities, and green workforce and education) are in development and will be complete by 2017.
  
The dashboard features data trends for the targets, such as Hawaii’s annual spending on fossil fuels, the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions and the amount of material recycled statewide, as well as more detailed descriptions of each sector. When available, information by county is also highlighted, which encourages friendly competition between the counties.

As state senator, Governor Ige co-introduced the resolution to endorse the Aloha+ Challenge during the 2014 legislative session. Now, as governor, he is committed to state leadership on sustainability in every department. 
 

“I will continue to work closely with the mayors, OHA, state legislature, UH and other partners to make progress on the Aloha+ Challenge in the next four years.”

– Governor David Ige

Multiple state departments, all four counties, OHA, the UH System, and the multi-sector Hawaii Green Growth organization worked together to develop the joint sustainability indicators for each target. This team will continue to ensure that data sets are aligned statewide and effectively track progress on Hawaii’s sustainability goals. 
 

“The Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard is an expansion of the state Hawaii Open Government Dashboard, previously launched to further transparency and accountability. OIMT and ICSD are continuing to work with departments and agencies to add regularly updated information in a consumable format.”

– Karen Higa, Open Government Program Manager
 

News from the Office 365 Project Team

Every month, more department personnel are successfully migrating to the Microsoft Office 365 environment providing them with added functionality and security, not to mention long-term cost-savings to the state. With the Department of Health’s migration substantially complete, the Department of Public Safety is the latest department to initiate its migration.
 
As progress continues, the state’s Office 365 Project Team would like to offer the following news and tips to Office users:
 

Lync Upgrading to ‘Skype for Business’

Example of contact window, inspired by Skype
With Microsoft’s April update for Office 365, Lync will become “Skype for Business” with a new user interface (UI) in the Windows desktop application. State users will soon begin seeing the new interface as it begins rolling out this week as part of monthly updates.
 
The Skype for Business client is inspired by the look and feel of Skype but provides the same level of security and control of the Lync client. This new user interface is an update to the existing Lync 2013 client that will be available in the monthly update for those customers with Office 2013 Pro Plus. 
 
For a bit more information about the client, see Lync Online is becoming Skype for Business.

Turn Your State Smart Phone into a Pocket Scanner

Office Lens is a handy capture app that turns a state mobile device into a pocket scanner. For example, Office 365 users can take pictures of receipts, business cards, menus, whiteboards or sticky notes — then let Office Lens crop, enhance and save them to OneNote.
Before-and-after look at pictures of a receipt and a paper document captured and processed by Office Lens for iPhone (courtesy of Microsoft)
Just like that, all the scanned images via Office Lens are accessible on multiple devices. For more information, see Office Lens comes to iPhone and Android.

For more tips and resources, the Office 365 SharePoint site was created exclusively for state Office users (see “How To and Tips for Users”).

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