Legislation introduced on Friday by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson seeks to strengthen the state’s push to the cloud, the role of the Chief Data Officer, and the state’s IT modernization efforts.

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is now offering a cloud computing specialization as part of its Information Systems Technology (IST) associate of applied science degree. The specialization, which was first introduced for the 2018 fall semester, is one of the first cloud computing programs in the nation offered by a community college, according to NOVA.






The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released SP 1800-4A, a guide on how organizations can secure mobile devices used for work, on Thursday, offering suggested solutions for enterprise mobility management and mobile device management.






The California Community Colleges (CCC) announced an ambitious new project late last month–they will consolidate all of their libraries onto a single state-funded, cloud-based, system-wide Library Services Platform (LSP). All participating colleges are expected to go live with the new LSP by January 2020. The move, according to CCC will “effectively connect all students with the most useful, high-quality resources in a single collection.”






The Texas State Legislature is considering two pieces of legislation that would move the state government out of its two data centers and into the cloud, with the goal of securing sensitive state data and saving taxpayer dollars.






In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the city of Houston made it a priority to embrace technology, taking steps to use cloud, share data, and improve resiliency.






Much like how Akron’s most famous native, LeBron James, changes how opposing teams defend him—the City of Akron is hoping to adjust its own defensive strategy by protecting its computer systems with cloud-based technology.






The Tucson, Ariz., Fire Department is using the assistance of cloud technology to study the risks of certain cancers that firefighters can develop.






The Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) is moving to the hybrid-cloud to deliver state services with the hope of improving services and lowering costs.






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Research firm Gartner has released its 2018 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report, which found technologies like artificial intelligence platform as a service, blockchain for data security, and quantum computing reaching the peak of inflated expectations, while technologies such as mixed reality and blockchain were on the downswing of excitement.






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