October 15th, 2013
The public reaction to the updated Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry (OSOR) has been overwhelmingly positive but one question keeps coming up across social media and the web:
“So there’s a registry for sex offenders. Why isn’t there one for murderers?”
Actually, there is. Violent offender registries haven’t received support at the federal level, but the State of Oklahoma operates a violent offender registry that can be used to look up offenders in your community.
As part of our work to update OSOR, we had to separate out violent offender data into its own system. A side benefit of that project is that the violent offender registry now uses much of the same technology and received many of same benefits of the updates to OSOR. It’s faster, more reliable, and more user-friendly.
Unfortunately, the federal funding that paid for the OSOR updates didn’t cover updates to the violent offender registry, so there’s still some room for improvement.
Map searches and location-based notifications aren’t currently available for violent offenders, but they could be easily added if the program receives more funding.
Without the federal mandate that oversees sex offender registries, the violent offender registry will need a champion here in Oklahoma to bring it up to the same level of functionality and refinement.
So if you’re a fan of the work that’s been done on OSOR and think it’s made our state a safer place to live, please contact your state representative and ask them about updating the violent offender registry. If you’re not sure who your representative is, the OK State Legislature site has an easy tool to find out.
October 1st, 2013
In August, our team attended the Oklahoma CIO Symposium in Tulsa, OK, a yearly event put together by Information Systems Leadership of Oklahoma (ISLOK) and Tulsa CIO Forum to offer Oklahoma IT leaders a chance to get together and learn from each other’s successes and mistakes.
It was a big honor to be asked to sponsor the CIO Symposium and we were happy to join a small collection of Oklahoma companies who shared the bill with big names in IT such as Oracle, Hitachi, and Adobe.
We were equally delighted to be able to co-present a success story with one of our clients, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. The presentation (available here) covered our use of rapid application development and Oracle’s APEX solution to rescue the Department of Corrections’ Sex Offender Registry from costly non-compliance penalties.
It was a rewarding experience and we were happy to share what we learned during the process with the audience.
This year’s Symposium was larger that last year’s, with more attendees present and sessions available. The opening keynote, presented by Robert Tipton, was a great message about managing change, something all IT organizations struggle with.
Other sessions were split between deep-dive technical presentations and higher-level management advice. Overall, it was a good mix and those in attendance seemed engaged and happy to be there.
The vendor tables were active and the tone of both vendors and attendees was more energetic than it’s been in the past, possibly due to an improving economy. It was exciting to meet Oklahoma’s IT leadership as well as our peers on the vendor side.
If you’re a CIO, CTO, IT Manager, or just someone interested in pushing Oklahoma’s enterprise IT forward, we’d strongly recommend attending next year’s CIO Symposium. It’s a great opportunity to learn, network, and share what you know about the IT challenges unique to Oklahoma.