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CIO’s Message

When Governor Ige asked me to serve as the state’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), I was both honored and humbled by the immense responsibility. The Governor has made it clear that modernization is a priority for his Administration. I believe innovation will be key.  
 
Our state technology team is focused on formalizing a results-driven strategy that will build on past due-diligence and progress, while taking advantage of recent technological advancements that allow for the centralization of core services. In areas such as cloud computing that serve to limit inefficient silo systems, Hawaii is already at the forefront through its use of a local private cloud and external, remote cloud services.
 
I look forward to working with the many talented IT personnel throughout our state, engaging their creativity, and seeking out-of-the-box solutions to realize tangible improvements, efficiencies and cost-savings for Hawaii.
 
– Todd Nacapuy, CIO, State of Hawaii

In this Issue...

New State CIO Sworn In

Todd Nacapuy takes the CIO oath of office
CIO Todd Nacapuy with Gov. David Y. Ige and family
It’s official! The State of Hawaii has a new CIO. On Wednesday, Gov. David Y. Ige administered the CIO oath of office to Todd Nacapuy, Hawaii’s third full-time CIO. The Waialua High School graduate has actually been on the job since May 4, starting off a term that runs through Dec. 3, 2018.

Internship Program Wraps 7th Session

Summer Applicants Due June 12

As April drew to a close, the state’s Transformation Internship Program (TIP) also concluded its spring 2015 session. The Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT) together with the Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD) launched TIP in 2013. Through the program, seven sessions of students have had the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining “real-world” experience and helping to improve the state.
TIP spring 2015 participants
TIP spring 2015 participants
TIP participants recapping their spring 2015 experience
Students participated in meaningful work assignments relevant to academic area of study, and they applied business, communications, public administration, information technology, and engineering classroom concepts to work assignments. The direct exposure to public service careers also provided students with a valuable network of professional contacts for future opportunities.
 
Last year, TIP was recognized with a StateScoop State IT Program of the Year award, which honors influential IT programs that have led to cost savings, efficiencies and partnerships between agencies.
 

Call for Applicants

Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2015 session, which will run from June 29 to Aug. 9, 2015. Are you or do you know someone who would be interested in being a TIP participant? The deadline to apply is Friday, June 12, 2015.

Program coordinators will also be conducting outreach to departments to solicit summer TIP projects. Department’s designated Business Innovation Program (BIP) representatives will be contacted shortly.

Hawaii.gov Optimized for Mobile Devices

With mobile devices outpacing personal computers as the tool of choice for Web searches, it’s important for state government to recognize how online behavior continues to evolve.
 
The Associated Press recently reported the mobile device milestone and stated that it “serves as another reminder of how dramatically online behavior has changed since 2007.” That was the year when the first iPhone was released, and since then subsequent versions and other similar devices have made it easier for users to stay connected nearly anytime, anywhere.

When Hawaii.gov was launched in 2013 as a comprehensive update to the state’s main Web portal, it was released in conjunction with upgrades to webpages across all state departments and agencies to enhance mobile, touch and speech capability, as well as increase consistency and improved accessibility. Featuring responsive design, the new portal landing page adapts to mobile devices and numerous Web browsers without losing functionality. Its “touch-first” design makes it compatible with mobile and tablet devices.
Hawaii.gov
In addition, users can log in to my.hawaii.gov to access the services and information they want from state government on any device. From there, citizens can manage personalized notifications, such as alerts when their bills or payments are due, and reminders for a range of important filing deadlines.
my.hawaii.gov
Last year, Hawaii.gov was named “Best of the Web” state portal by the Center for Digital Government, which recognizes the best of all government websites across the country.

New App Helps Locate Accessible Parking

A free downloadable app is now available for individuals searching for an accessible parking space in Hawaii. Supported by the Hawaii State Disability and Communication Access Board, the newly created Accessible Parking Locator App shows photos of accessible parking spaces ranging from those at state parks, airports, parking facilities of government offices, to select shopping malls, medical facilities, and familiar local venues.
dpark.us app
There are currently 500 individual pictures of accessible parking spaces uploaded in the app database, showing photos of designated accessible parking throughout the state.
 
Individuals can participate by downloading the app “dpark.us.” The free app is available at the App Store for Android and other mobile devices. Individuals can also upload new photos using the onscreen instructions to add to the expanding database.
 
The intent of the Locator App is to assist people with disabilities in finding an accessible parking space that they can use. It is not intended to be an enforcement tool to cite violators.

UH News

UH Manoa Designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated the University of Hawaii as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research.
 
The program was created in 2008 to encourage universities and students to pursue higher-level doctoral research in cybersecurity. With this prestigious designation, UH Manoa joins an elite group of other research centers of excellence around the country, including Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, New York University, Princeton University, Purdue University and the University of Maryland at College Park.
 

“We are honored to join this esteemed group of designees. As Hawaii’s only research university, we acknowledge our special responsibility to maintain and strengthen our high-level doctoral expertise, including that of cybersecurity education and research, not only in the critical Asia-Pacific region, but nationally and globally.”

– Robert Bley-Vroman, UH Manoa Chancellor
 

Vital Statistics: Migrations to the Hawaii GPC

Migrations to the Hawaii GPC are nearing 400
Server migrations to the Hawaii Government Private Cloud (GPC) have ramped up, as has interest from various departments in getting on board.
 
The Hawaii GPC went live in December 2014 and is one of the key initiatives supporting the state strategy to consolidate and modernize state technology infrastructure. Fewer individual departments will need to maintain their own servers as a result. In addition to cost-savings on maintenance and new equipment, implementation of a fully virtualized cloud computing infrastructure is incrementally reducing the power demands on the State Data Center as each physical server is decommissioned and software programs are migrated.
Other benefits include full backup and disaster recovery capability for servers in the GPC, the first time in the state’s history that this level of service has been implemented.
OIMT has just completed a GPC Needs Assessment Survey, which went out to all department CIOs and coordinators. The Hawaii GPC Team is now analyzing the responses, which will allow the team to more proactively assist departments, based on their specific needs.

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User Resources for SharePoint and Lync

With more state personnel transitioning to the Microsoft Office 365 environment, there has been increased interest in SharePoint as a tool for collaboration and Skype for Business (formerly Lync) for virtual meetings. Administrators and users are encouraged to bookmark the state Office 365 Project SharePoint site, accessible to all users in the enterprise Active Directory using their existing credentials. 
 
Resources include the following and much more!

SharePoint Lync (now Skype for Business )

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