2006 InfoWorld 100 Awards: Government

www.county.allegheny.pa.us/dhs Distributed Database of Human Service Programs Project Lead: Marc Cherna, Director Project Description: System aggregates multiple source data into a distributed database on a peer-to-peer network, co-hosted by each major stakeholder, and delivers the combined data through Web and SOAP interfaces.

Allegheny County Department of Human Services

City of Chicago www.cityofchicago.org

Service Bus Implementation to Advance SOA Initiatives

Project Lead: Clinton Chow, Chief Application Architect

Project Description: Implemented BEA's AquaLogic Service Bus, ALSB, in an effort to help the city develop and manage its SOA (service-oriented architecture) initiatives. The city's SOA projects are designed to enable the delivery of reusable services that improve the efficiency of city business, including activities such as the issuing of city car registration stickers, building permit data research, and payment processing.

Internal Revenue Service www.irs.gov

Security Patch Management
Project Leads: Allan Roberts, Program Manager, Enterprise Systems Management; and Tina Walters, Program Manager

Project Description: Deployed a custom patch management solution, which consisted of scripts that could automatically audit a workstation for currently applied patches on a routine basis and compare the results to a master list of available patches, hosted on an internal Web server. Whenever discrepancies are found between the preferred configuration and the patches installed on the workstation, the system can trigger other scripts to download and install the missing fixes automatically.

State of Michigan www.michigan.gov
Merging and Extending Data Enterprises
Project Lead: Cathy Kirby, Deputy Commissioner for Consumer Services Division
Project Description: The state’s Office of Financial and Insurance Services merged three agencies, five Web sites, and 14 different databases that previously were not interconnected. It added efficiency and new capabilities, such as online transaction options, to an outdated system. It saved the State of Michigan millions of dollars, and ensured taxpayers did not bear the burden of a system overhaul. The project benefits the 150 OFIS employees who were able to complete their daily functions throughout the duration of the transition. Everyday, the updated system ensures the efficient supply of information to hundreds of thousands of Michigan citizens.

U.S. Transportation Command, a Combatant Command of the Department of Defense www.transcom.mil
Legacy Infrastructure and Supply Chain Overhaul
Project Lead: Air Force Brig. Gen. Mike Basla, U.S. Transportation Command Director of Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems and Chief Information Officer
Project Description: Streamlined distribution systems and eliminated unnecessary legacy applications as part of a move toward a modern infrastructure based on war-fighter requirements, enterprise solutions, and SOA (service-oriented architecture), with the goal of reducing 600 applications to fewer than 100.

Top 10 Finalists
Computing/Tech                                          Distribution/Supply Chain
Education                                                      Financial Services
Government                                                  Health Care
Insurance                                                      Manufacturing
Media/Multimedia                                        Pharmaceuticals
Retail                                                              Services
Sports                                                             Telecommunications
Transportation                                              Unspecified