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Disaster recovery a ‘success’
Commonwealth Office of Technology employees successfully recovered all of the computer systems that were tested during a recent disaster recovery exercise.
Sally Arnold, disaster recovery coordinator at COT, said the organization periodically tests its disaster recovery ability to ensure that the state’s critical applications will continue to function successfully should a catastrophic event occur. 

Innovation reigns supreme in annual ‘Best of Kentucky’
(Click here to see photos of all award winners)
Kentucky Department of Homeland Security recently received recognition for its Suspicious Activity Reporting System (SARS) at the 2011 Digital Government Summit in Frankfort.
The SARS program was one of four innovative state IT projects honored with a Best of Kentucky Award during the annual summit sponsored by Government Technology Magazine that was held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Frankfort on April 19, 2011.  The program took top honors in the “Best Application Serving the Public” category.

Service mapping helping COT better serve customers
Commonwealth Office of Technology is using Microsoft’s service mapping methodology to better understand the relationship between the state’s IT infrastructure and business services of state agencies.
Medium and large IT shops often get caught up in the detail of managing IT assets, but lose sight of the customer’s view of simply noticing that a service is not available, according to Daniel Arnold, assistant director of COT’s Division of Technical Services.
“The service mapping exercise helps us bridge a gap between managing our infrastructure and supporting an agency’s business,” Arnold said. More

Governor Beshear Signs Legislation Creating One-Stop Electronic Business Portal
Gov. Steve Beshear today joined members of the Kentucky General Assembly at the state Capitol to sign SB 8 into law, creating a one-stop shop to conduct business in the Commonwealth. 
The bill authorizes the establishment of an electronic portal that will serve as a single, unified entry point for business owners to access information about state services and requirements for operating a business in Kentucky.

Governor Beshear Announces Two Firms to Create High-Tech Jobs in Lexington
FRANKFORT, Ky.– Gov. Steve Beshear today announced Lexington-based Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals Inc. and Frogdice Inc. will together create 28 new jobs, 23 of which are considered high-tech and technical support jobs paying an average annual salary, exclusive of benefits, of more than $59,000 and $49,000, respectively.

Secretary Walker speaks on improving government efficiency and services
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine N. Walker took part in today’s government digital summit, speaking on the importance of enhancing constituent services and improving government efficiency through increased use of information technology.  Secretary Walker participated in today’s conference, which brings together information technology personnel from across state government, to speak about the Secretary of State’s office use of information technology and the development of a full Business One Stop. More

Governor Beshear Announces Nanotechnology Firm to Create High-Tech Jobs in Louisville
FRANKFORT, Ky.– Gov. Steve Beshear today announced Louisville-based NaugaNeedles LLC will create seven new high-tech and technical support jobs, paying an average annual salary of more than $62,000, exclusive of benefits.
NaugaNeedles is a supplier of high-performance, cost-efficient custom probes for use in scanning probe microscopy, as well as for nano-force and nano-bio sensors in research and industrial applications. The company was founded in July 2007 to develop and commercialize a platform technology discovered at the University of Louisville’s Electro Optics Research Institute and Nanotechnology Center.

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Techlines Trivia Question of the Month

Question:  How many Best of Kentucky awards were presented at the 2011 Kentucky Digital Government Summit?

Answer:  Five awards were presented at this year's event in the following categories: Best Application Serving the Public, Most Innovative Use of Technology, Best Risk Management Initiative, Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations, and a Visionary Award.

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Last Updated 5/20/2011