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Strategy 4.1 – Link Technology Solutions to Workplace Innovation 

State agencies have accomplished many successful IT initiatives during this past biennium. Selected agency projects are highlighted below. 

Agency Spotlights: Linking Technology Solutions to Workplace Innovation

Agency

Initiative

General Land Office 

The Commission has taken advantage of the latest mobile computing technology available to put information at the fingertips of Railroad Commission staff located in the field all over Texas. Recognizing the need for field personnel to have better access to Commission information and geographic maps, field personnel were provided with mobile personal computers and network capability. This has improved their ability to communicate with the district and home offices, and perform their work more accurately and expeditiously.

Railroad Commission 

The Commission has taken advantage of the latest mobile computing technology available to put information at the fingertips of Railroad Commission staff located in the field all over Texas. Recognizing the need for field personnel to have better access to Commission information and geographic maps, field personnel were provided with mobile personal computers and network capability. This has improved their ability to communicate with the district and home offices, and perform their work more accurately and expeditiously.

Texas Juvenile Probation Commission

Texas Juvenile Case Management System Project (JCMS) is a partnership between the Conference of Urban Counties (CUC), three funding counties (Bexar, Dallas, & Tarrant) and the TJPC. All participating entities (CUC, TJPC, Bexar County, Dallas County and Tarrant County) are working together to design, develop and implement the JCMS. The JCMS Project is a comprehensive juvenile justice information and case management system that will provide for the common data collection, reporting and management needs of Texas juvenile probation departments as well as the flexibility to accommodate individualized requirements. JCMS is a unique partnership that seeks to maximize technology development and to leverage resources of the state and counties through the development partnership and sharing of costs.  

Texas Department of Transportation

TxDOT implemented its Video Teleconferencing (VTC) System Project. This project provides an enterprise-wide system of classroom, conference room, and desk-top VTC systems that allow for full media collaboration for all users. Record/stream capabilities coupled with bandwidth and operational system management allow for efficient use of department-allocated resources. The VTC network has allowed the movement of numerous training and information-sharing events into live or recorded events, resulting in net savings to the state.

Texas Youth Commission

Distance-based psychiatric, medical, and educational services have been planned and implemented to serve remote areas. A new SAS platform will be expanded to assist partners (i.e., juvenile probation departments, courts, and health service providers) in reporting data. These collaborations will streamline the sharing of youth data and improve the continuum of care provided to the youth by juvenile justice partners.  

University of Houston 

Linking technology solutions to workplace innovation: UH continues to invest in initiatives to provide better on-line self-services, such as Global Address List enabling system-wide access to online phone directory services and elimination of paper directories; SharePoint services for collaboration, repositories of information, project portfolios and more; and Media Site lecture capture system which records UH professors in the classroom to enable online presentations using specialized web casting software.  

The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler is using Tegrity lecture-capture software to provide students with on-demand access to course content. Tegrity allows professors to record in-class lectures or other presentations and post them to a website for viewing by students.

The University of Texas at Tyler has initiated a pilot program to test the use of iPads in undergraduate courses. Providing iPads to 60 students in English and Political Science courses, the use of iPads allows students to download applications to enhance learning with online course content.

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