Government Technology magazine published the findings of its biennial Digital States Survey last week, showing very positive results for Connecticut. The survey evaluated all 50 states on the degree to which their governments' adoption of technology helps serve their citizens. Connecticut was the most improved state, rising from a C to an A- grade in the two years since the last survey. Only Michigan, Missouri and Utah obtained an A grade, and there were four others with an A-.
According to the survey's official criteria, states that are rated A "are trending sharply up. They show results across all survey categories. Modernization is used to realize operational efficiencies and strategic priorities. There is evidence of meaningful collaboration, and performance measures and metrics are widely adopted."
The survey also details advances in particular areas, with some interesting conclusions for the data sector. According to the results, open data is one of the hot topics for states, who rank it as their fourth biggest priority for the next two years, behind cyber security, cloud migration and shared services. Already, it is second only to mobile-enabled websites in terms of implementation.
Conversely, the report reads, "only a quarter of states report having mechanisms in place to manage and secure big data." This will undoubtedly change in the coming years, as big data is poised to become a significant point of emphasis for governments and private companies alike. As the amount of available data grows exponentially, it will become increasingly important to have the means to process and analyze all that information.
Connecticut FileMaker developer Kyo Logic can furnish local organizations with custom database software, allowing them to gather and sift through as much data as they deem necessary. This can help any business streamline and focus its operations, gaining a significant edge on the competition.