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Led by Mayor Bloomberg and NYC’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, this initiative is a great example of making consolidation work by taking advantage of shared resources. Like many cities and states, New York’s current IT infrastructure is hampered by fragmentation and siloed technology assets, so this project will centralize servers and databases across agencies, which will distribute computing power more efficiently and allow systems to talk to one other.
Another aspect of the agreement will improve and expand New York’s Gov 2.0 capabilities as the City has expressed significant interest in using technologies like Town Hall to facilitate online discussion groups that will engage constituents in new ways. Cloud technologies will also make open government data sets readily available to city residents, increasing transparency and allowing locals to build new apps based on public data.