Articles By Rob Carnegie

Local government IT roles have changed radically over the last decade

According to my calculations, this is my 115th submission to Technology in Government. Unfortunately, this will also be the last issue of TIG as a standalone publication. Back in the winter of 1996,

Published on: December 14th, 2006 Rob Carnegie

Local governments in B.C. are in the spotlight with Bill 25

B.C.'s local government IT departments are about to take delivery of a new database that will raise the bar in terms of the data security expectations imposed upon them. Bill 25 is a

Published on: September 15th, 2006 Rob Carnegie

B.C. local governments make partnership work to everyone’s advantage

Local government technology partnerships fail by design in all but the rarest of cases. We don't like to talk about it, but it's hardly a secret, especially in those projects for which the

Published on: June 12th, 2006 Rob Carnegie

Lack of standards and strategies on PDAs means PC history will be repeated

Wireless network-connected personal digital assistants such as the Blackberry, the Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Palm SmartPhones and Java-enabled cellular phones are going to reach new levels of adoption this year. Not long ago

Published on: March 24th, 2006 Rob Carnegie

The only thing that’s Extreme about the new Intel processor is the price

Before the personal computer became a commodity, it was pretty easy to tell what you had. Everybody knew that a 386 was faster than a 286. After some initial confusion about pronunciation, everyone

Published on: February 1st, 2006 Rob Carnegie

Municipalities have the right to offer free wireless services as another perk

It's funny how technology has an insidious way of becoming an essential part of our lives. There is a dwindling population of individuals who still remember marvelling at the wonder of a flush

Published on: November 7th, 2005 Rob Carnegie

Local government wants beauty and brains in same software package too

Buying software for local government-specific business functions often presents the kind of challenge that is likely faced by NASA and the military on a regular basis. Like these organizations, our needs are often

Published on: October 4th, 2005 Rob Carnegie

B.C. holds onto the old, paper-based way of conducting elections

Local governments in B.C. are preparing to hold general elections on Nov.19, and by now many are dusting off the “old” election technology in anticipation of the event. The emphasis on the “old”

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Rob Carnegie

User lust for techno toys has to be satisfied on a planned basis

All good IT people who work in local government know it is the role of the IT professional to be a purveyor of business solutions and not technology. That said, it is very

Published on: May 10th, 2005 Rob Carnegie

Outsourcing your IT may not always be the best choice for every project

Local governments who outsource their IT operations should consider switching back to in-house employees. Coming from a long-time proponent of outsourcing, these words might sound like heresy. For certain CUPE national reps, this

Published on: March 8th, 2005 Rob Carnegie

B.C.’s outsourcing laws make it harder to cut corners on IT practices

New outsourcing rules in the province of British Columbia have included provisions that could reach deep into information technology operating procedures. These rules are embodied in amendments to the Freedom of Information and

Published on: January 24th, 2005 Rob Carnegie

Local governments need to take a closer look at open source offerings

Microsoft's reign over the information technology empire has been long and prosperous, but like most empires there are always small factions of dissidents nibbling away at the edges and waiting for an opportunity

Published on: December 7th, 2004 Rob Carnegie

Note to software vendors: Local governments have the memory of elephants

Laws of nature dictate that small fish will be eaten by bigger fish, who will in turn be eaten by even bigger fish. If you are an IT industry watcher, this fact of

Published on: November 19th, 2004 Rob Carnegie

Police need improved access to criminal communications online

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) recently made a plea for increased access to e-mail and Internet monitoring provisions during its conference in Vancouver in August. The association's spokesman said police

Published on: October 13th, 2004 Rob Carnegie

Privacy advocates oppose B.C.’s plans to outsource medical services plan

The Province of B.C. announced plans on July 24, 2004 to amend information privacy legislation in order to protect information provided to U.S.- based outsource contractors from disclosure under the U.S. Patriot Act.

Published on: September 14th, 2004 Rob Carnegie