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Office of Enterprise Technology Awards / Nominations

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The National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards are a testament to business aligned technology services and the partnerships created between the OET and various Maricopa County agencies. These partnerships allowed each project to move from conception to fruition, while addressing a myriad of process issues in a professional and methodical manner. The awards showcase staff creativity in solving difficult business process issues.

Data Center Colocation
In May of 2015, OET completed the move of its data center to the hosted data center facility, including connecting the data center to a recently implemented 100 GB Optical Network Services (ONS) ring and OET's hosted data center for disaster recovery. The target data center, hosted by a global data center leader, was built to exceed the Tier 3+ standard that is now expected in large enterprise organizations like Maricopa County.
Environmental Health – Mobile Restaurant Ratings
The Maricopa County Environmental Services Department maintains inspection results from food establishments such as restaurants, retail stores, school cafeterias, and mobile food trucks. In August 2015, these inspection results were made available to the public through a new Mobile Restaurant Ratings tool.
GIS Case Management Workflow
Utilizing the Human Services Case Management application (HSD Online), OET developed a GIS mapping application utilized by HSD management and employees to improve the accuracy, efficiency, and responsiveness of case workers who serve this community on a daily basis.
Network Infrastructure Modernization
OET implemented a network modernization initiative to re-architect the County's network infrastructure including the replacement of end-of-life equipment, improved network routing, and establishment of a carrier-grade Optical Network Services (ONS) ring that connects the County's major campuses and technology hubs.
Palo Verde Evacuation
The application of GIS data provides user-friendly access to critical citizen information for responders to use in coordination of yearly tabletop exercises to test emergency policies and procedures, and that would be used during an actual evacuation of this community.
Risk Recycling Website
Risk Management developed a process and established a Risk Recycling website to inform Maricopa County departments on how to recycle waste materials from County operations that may be hazardous to the environment or could result in contamination of ground or water and recycles them, free of charge to the departments.
Threat Management Program
The Threat Management Program is represented as the first line of the defense in an organization's security posture and identifies threats and responds to identified incidents.

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Security Congress (SC) Magazine's "Best CISO" nomination – Mr. Michael Echols, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) was nominated as the Best CISO by SC Magazine for 2016. SC Magazine is a global media outlet designed for Information Security Professionals providing unbiased business and technical information they need to tackle the countless security challenges they face and establish risk management and compliance postures that underpin overall business strategies. The "Best CISO" award nominees are the cream of the crop, having spearheaded a viable IT security program, gained the support of their company's executive leaders, as well as their colleagues. It should be noted that Mr. Echols was ultimately not selected as the best CISO; however, he was nominated along with three other CISOs, which were drawn from hundreds of nomination requests.
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StateScoop Golden Government Executive of the Year Nomination – Mr. Echols was nominated for the StateScoop Magazine’s Golden Government Executive of the Year for 2016. StateScoop features the latest leaders and innovators, news and events in state and local government technology. StateScoop gathers top leaders from across government, academia and the tech industry to discuss ways technology can improve government, and to exchange best practices and identify ways to achieve common goals. The StateScoop 50 Awards annually honor the best and the brightest who make state and local government more efficient and effective. These awards allow us to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our peers and acknowledge their tireless efforts to make a positive impact in the government IT community and in public service.
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Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award - Last year, Maricopa County improved upon the foundation of an already strong GIS program by expanding its use within many departments to support business decisions, improve communication and workflows, and engage citizens. While simultaneously leveraging EEAP to strengthen the County’s internal IT infrastructure and plan for the move to a virtual environment, the County adopted a more comprehensive WebGIS approach. This resulted in a new GIS map gallery, completion of plans for an Open Data Portal (coming later this year), and development/publication of numerous Web applications for targeted business purposes. One such business need was completion of an application resulting in the award of a $750,000 grant over 5 years to the Office of Health Promotion and Education Division of Public Health for Teen Pregnancy Prevention programs, which Public Health and OET attribute, in part, to the incorporation of simple ArcGIS Online maps to show current statistics.
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Runner Up to MAG Desert Peaks Award Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award - The Aerial Consortium was started over 10 years ago to coordinate the purchase of Aerial photography among multiple county departments, municipal jurisdictions, state agencies, Native American communities, and private industry. These agencies can purchase imagery services including aerial photography, oblique imagery, Lidar, Change Analysis (Building Footprints), Planimetrics, Street Level Imagery, Street Lidar, and 3D Models. In addition, these services and products can be purchased at a lower rate to the benefit of all our partners within the region. This program represents the essence of regionalism from the core concept of neighboring jurisdictions working together to acquire imagery services that provide benefit to the community through smart investment of public funds, improving community services, and providing first-class service to the community we serve.
Maricopa County Office of Enterprise Technology
Phone: (602) 506-7116
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