Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 001
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

DoITT HONORED FOR IT INNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE AT ANNUAL 'BEST OF NEW YORK' AWARDS CEREMONY

Recognized for Achievements in Greening Efforts, Public Safety, and IT Collaboration

The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) has been selected by the Center for Digital Government, a division of e.Republic, to receive three of its 18 ‘Best of New York’ awards for 2008.  The annual awards are the highest level of professional acknowledgement within New York State’s public sector IT community.  Final selections were made based on criteria that included collaboration among organizations, innovative uses of technology and projects that best advance services provided to the public.  The awards were presented this afternoon in a ceremony at the Albany Marriott.

“As New York City’s technology agency, we take great pride in being recognized for our dedication to better government through customer service,” said DoITT Commissioner Paul J. Cosgrave.  “Each of these awards speaks to our focus on the initiatives detailed in PlanIT—New York City’s first-ever comprehensive technology strategy—including innovative approaches toward enhancing public safety, streamlining citywide administration, and employing more energy-efficient uses of the City’s IT assets.  I commend our staff on their continued, exemplary dedication to these aims.”

DoITT was recognized with ‘Best of New York’ awards for the following projects:

Special Award for Excellence in Public Safety – for Notify NYC.  A pilot program to deliver emergency public information by email, text messages and reverse-911 alerts, Notify NYC allows anyone to sign up and receive information about significant emergency events in four pilot communities: Lower Manhattan, the Northeast Bronx, the Rockaways, and Southwest Staten Island.  The different technologies tested during the pilot will be evaluated to determine the best way to deploy a citywide program.  The Office of Emergency Management and Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit were also recognized for Notify NYC.

Project Demonstrating Best IT Collaboration among Organizations – for the New York City Automated Personnel System (NYCAPS).  A state-of-the-art human resource management and benefit administration system, NYCAPS provides the City a sophisticated management tool to improve turnaround times for personnel and benefit actions, eliminate manual processing and paperwork, and save City time and taxpayer money.  NYCAPS is now used in over 75 agencies citywide to process personnel and health benefit transactions for more than 160,000 employees.  Implementation of NYCAPS is due to the joint efforts of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Financial Information Services Agency, Office of Payroll Administration, Office of Labor Relations, Department of Education, and the New York City Comptroller’s Office

The Green IT Award – for DoITT’s Server Virtualization Project.  Server virtualization contributes to the greening of the City by enabling agencies to install and run multiple virtual machines on the same physical hardware.  Each virtual machine has a dedicated operating system that shares a pool of underlying hardware resources, including memory, CPU, network interface cards and disk capacity.  The ability to share hardware resources among virtual machines creates an environment that maximizes hardware and resource utilization—and funding for virtual machines is less than 10% of the cost of a physical server.  With virtualization, agencies can reduce the number of servers and related IT hardware in the data center, leading to reductions in real estate, power and cooling requirements, and resulting in significantly lower IT costs without sacrificing availability or performance.  These costs benefits go hand-in-hand with reductions in emissions.

The full listing of 2008 Best of New York Awards can be found on: www.centerdigitalgov.com

DoITT works to transform the way the City interacts with its residents, businesses, visitors, and employees by leveraging technology to improve services and increase transparency, accountability, and accessibility across all agencies.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local governments.

e.Republic, Inc. is the nation’s leading publishing, research, event and new media company focused on information technology for the state and local government and education markets.

Nicholas Sbordone (212) 788-6602