Pandemic kindled ‘newfound interest’ in government’s IT modernization project

StateScoop: The relative ease with which state and local governments have adopted new technologies forced upon them by the coronavirus pandemic could usher in a more flexible mindset in a sector that has traditionally been slow to change, a Google executive told StateScoop in a recent interview.

Google’s Todd Schroeder, who published a blog post Monday outlining some of the company’s successes in assisting state and local customers as they’ve fielded surges in unemployment claims, requests for health care advice and internal network traffic from remote workers, said that in his recent work with government he’s observed near-overnight transformations to systems, like mainframes, that organizations had avoided for decades.

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