Gartner Group Advisory Services provide a strategic view of technologies,
products, and vendors in the information technology (IT) field. Research
includes current trends, product discussions and comparisons by vendor, case
studies, and strategic planning assumptions in many different areas of IT. State
agency personnel can contact the Assistant Director regarding the use of Gartner Group services.
Gartner Group Research
Gartner provides research reports on a vast array of information technology
subjects. All of these research documents are available on the Internet at their
site. Visit the Gartner Web site at www.gartner.com to perform keyword searches. If you find
research that would be of any value, please contact the
Assistant Director for instructions on downloading the documents.
Gartner provides access to thousands of information technology analysts
throughout the world available for teleconference calls at your request on any
subject. If you wish to have a conference call with an analyst about a specific
topic, then contact the
Assistant Director by email and include a brief description of the specific
issue to be discussed or problem to be resolved. Be specific enough to ensure
that the appropriate analyst will be scheduled. Analysts are available for
general discussion but they will also review short bids, responses and contracts
if provided ahead of time. After the initial inquiry is sent to Gartner, they
will assign a reference number and respond with optional dates and times for an
analyst conference all. Those options will be forwarded to you to select the
best date and time for your call. After you have selected your teleconference
date and time, your email response will be used to schedule the call. You will
receive an email confirmation of the analyst name, date and time of the call,
the number to call and the call reference number. The Assistant Director will
have to initiate the call to establish you as a State of Alabama account.
National Association of Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)
NASCIO represents state
chief information officers and information resource executives and managers from
the 50 states, six U. S. territories, and the District of Columbia. State
members are senior officials from any of the three branches of state government
who have executive-level and statewide responsibility for information resource
management. Representatives from federal, municipal, and international
governments and state officials who are involved in information resource
management but do not have chief responsibility for that function participate in
the organization as associate members. Private-sector firms and non-profit
organizations may join as corporate members.
NASCIO's mission is to foster government excellence through quality
business practices, information management, and technology policy.
NASCIO's vision is government in which the public trust is fully served
through the efficient and effective use of technology.
NASCIO further promotes the effective use of information technology in public
sector by publishing extensive standards and guidelines developed by
Committees focused on specific issues relative to State government
technology. These publications are the basis for some of the State’s
policies and procedures. States may also solicit information from other states
as part of a listserv.
Agencies wishing access to information from NASCIO may contact the
National Association of Telecommunications Directors (NASTD)
NASTD is a member-driven
organization whose purpose is to advance and promote the effective use of
telecommunications technology and services to improve the operation of state
government. NASTD represents telecommunications and technology professionals
from the 50 states, divided into four regions, and the private sector. State
members provide and manage state government communications services and
facilities for state agencies and other public entities, often including
hospitals, prisons, colleges and universities. These members also play a
strategic role in planning and shaping state government communications
infrastructures and policies. Corporate members provide communications
technology, services and equipment to state government. States may also solicit
information from other states as part of a listserv.
Agencies wishing information from NASTD may contact the
National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)
is an organization committed to efficient and effective government
through the prudent adoption of geospatial information technologies
(GIT). Members of NSGIC include senior state geographic information
system (GIS) managers and coordinators. Other members include
representatives from federal agencies, local government, the private
sector, academia and other professional organizations. A rich and
diverse group, the NSGIC membership includes nationally and
internationally recognized experts in geospatial information
technologies, data creation and management as well as information
NSGIC's Mission is to promote statewide geospatial coordination
activities in all states and to be an effective advocate for states in
national geospatial policy and initiatives, thereby enabling the
National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).
NSGIC advocates the benefits of geospatial technologies and data that
can only be realized through intergovernmental and private sector
cooperation, coordination, collaboration and partnerships. The current
NSGIC Advocacy Agenda is available online.
Agencies wishing access to information from NSGIC or information from
other state GIS programs may contact the
Senior GIS Coordinator.