Project Update: CalSTRS Pension Administration System

Procurement of a new pension administration system for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) is on schedule and work continues to ready the organization for the arrival of a contractor in spring 2015.

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Governor Signs Bill Adding IT Advisers for Big State Projects

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring the state CIO and Department of Technology to draft a report on how a team of technology ……

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Bids & Contracts, Bytes, Market News

Three California Cities Select New ERP Systems

The cities of Fremont, Tracy and Watsonville have selected Tyler Technologies’ enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to replace their legacy systems.


University of California Proposes $250 Million Venture Fund

Regents are expected to vote Thursday on the proposal, which is the latest change of course in the university’s investment strategy.

Local Government

DataSF Relaunches After Open Data Strategy Update

A new minimalistic design and interface changes were pushed by a desire for usability and discoverability — virtues emphasized within San Francisco’s new Strategic Open Data Plan.

Bids & Contracts

Nevada Scores Another Tech Win with Intel Supercomputer

UNLV confirmed today that it received Intel’s “Cherry Creek” supercomputer, which will be stored at Switch’s SUPERNAP Data Center.

Local Government

San Francisco Tech Firms Giving Public Schools a Boost

Mayor Ed Lee and San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza will join leaders from the Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation to announce plans to pair a technology company with each of the city’s 116 public schools.

State IT

Oracle America Accuses Oregon of Violating Federal Copyright Law in Health Exchange Fight

Oracle wants to keep the dispute in federal court, and hopes its new allegation about copyright law — a federal statute — will bolster that claim.

Bids & Contracts, Market News

Amazon Plans to Boost Cloud Spending

The company is in the final stages of winning tax breaks and local government approval to build a $1.1 billion data center in Dublin, Ohio.


Permits for Self-Driving Cars a ‘Game-Changer,’ DMV Official Says

The Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday approved permits for the Volkswagen Group of America, Mercedes and Google to test autonomous vehicles in California, as regulations governing automated driving in California went into effect for the first time.

Bids & Contracts

California Seeks Maintenance Services for Huge MMIS Data Warehouse

The Department of Health Care Services’ Medicaid Management Information System/Decision Support System (MIS/DSS) stores all the eligibility enrollment information and provider data that the department uses to do enterprise analytics.

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San Francisco Airport Launches #Converge@flySFO Innovation Space

#Converge@flySFO is a place for travelers to innovate and collaborate while waiting for their flights.

Market News

Report: Internet of Things Could Drive Trillions in Industrial Growth

Global investment in the Industrial Internet of Things — generally defined as the combination of sensor-driven computing, industrial analytics and intelligent machine-machine devices and applications — is expected to reach $500 billion by 2020.

Local News

Ride Services Decimate S.F. Taxi Industry’s Business

It’s been evident that the booming popularity of app-dispatched ride services like Lyft and Uber have dramatically eaten into the taxi industry’s business. But a report on the status of the taxi industry reveals the depth of the impact.


City Concerns Halt Airbnb Law in San Francisco

Issues over insurance, enforcement and taxation spur supervisors to revise short-term rental legislation for Airbnb hosts.

Industry Briefing, Video

Video: Sept. 10 Industry Briefing: Davood Ghods, Chief, Office of Technology Services

During a TechWire Industry Briefing on Sept. 10, 2014, Office of Technology Services Chief Davood Ghods gave an informative presentation summarizing the office’s roles, ……

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News, State IT

OTech Service Management Platform Goes Cloud-Based

With a renewed emphasis on customer service, the Office of Technology Services (OTech) is now using a cloud-based solution to improve operations and respond …

Bids & Contracts

New Due Dates for Centralized Revenue Opportunity System Bids

The state is seeking an integrator for the The Centralized Revenue Opportunity System (CROS), which will replace the Board of Equalization’s (BOE) patchwork of legacy systems built in the 1990s to collect and monitor sales-and-use taxes, some property taxes, special taxes and more.

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Market News

$23 Million Govtech Fund Opens for Business

A first-of-its-kind venture capital fund launches to aid a rising tide of government technology startups.

Events, News

Microsoft Sacramento Headquarters Grand Opening on Sept. 18

Microsoft has moved its Sacramento headquarters to a new location across the street from the State Capitol and is celebrating with an open house …

State IT

Covered California Wants to Enroll 500,000 More People

Officials of the exchange created by the Affordable Care Act said they want total sign-ups to reach 1.7 million by the end of a three-month enrollment period that begins Nov. 15.

Bids & Contracts

Why Web Giants Like Microsoft Are Betting Big on the Gaming Industry

With games come built-in communities of players that are as big as any other in the entertainment industry – the exact audience pools that the Microsofts, Amazons and Facebooks of the world are eager to reach.

Local News, State IT

Big Solar Plant in Mojave Desert Gets State’s OK

The proposed BrightSource Energy facility would be the latest in a series of solar plants that the Obama administration is subsidizing in the Mojave Desert.

Sponsor Updates

CalCloud: How does it work?

Sponsored by IBM

Instead of separate IT systems for each user, the CalCloud service model allows government entities to share a common pool of computing …

State IT

Inside the Department of Health Care Services’ IT Strategy for 2020

Chris Cruz, deputy director and CIO of the California Department of Health Care Services, continues to push the envelope on analytics, virtualization and more with sights on 2020.

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State IT

Data System Helps CalRecycle Track Recycling Fraud

Some estimates have pegged the fraud in the California Redemption Value program at anywhere from $50 million to $200 million annually in losses for CalRecycle over the years.

Local Government, Market News

Stockton Picks New Land Management Platform

Accela recently announced that Stockton, which serves a population of nearly 300,000, will utilize the company’s land management solution to replace a legacy system.

Local Government

L.A. Fire Department Introduces New Website for Finding Local Stations

LAFD noted that new features will be added in the coming months, such as an intranet which will help the department communicate better internally, linking communication across stations and fire units throughout the city.

Legislation, State IT

California Says Ride Firms Can’t Have Carpools

The companies all added features in recent weeks that let users opt to share rides with other people traveling in the same direction. However, that feature wasn’t contemplated in the framework the PUC created to allow the companies to operate in California.

Local Government, Local News

Is a California Community the Most Prepared in the U.S.?

Bel Air Crest, Calif., is preparing to be self-sustaining after a disaster.

#Innovate, News

Google to Test Cars Without a Driver at NASA

NASA is working with Google on the project and hopes to gain useful information for its own efforts to develop unmanned drones and air traffic management systems.