Major programs in Pennsylvania

Justice Network. JNet uses the Web to connect the state's criminal justice databases. Since 1998, JNet has delivered 9,000 electronic alerts to criminal justice officials.

Commonwealth Connect. All state agencies have migrated to a LAN for use by more than 54,000 employees. The e-mail system is Microsoft Exchange Server with Microsoft Outlook as the client. The Bureau of Desktop Technology developed a server farm and storage area network at the Commonwealth Technology Center to support the system.

Data Powerhouse. The state has consolidated 21 data centers that had been run by 17 state agencies into one contractor-maintained center.

CIO Charlie Gerhards said state officials secured the data center in less than an hour on Sept. 11, 2001, far faster than would have been possible with separate data centers.

PA PowerPort. The PA PowerPort, the state's main Web site, at, offers state and local government information and 24-hour e-government services. The site has tools to help users navigate through topics such as business, tourism, government and education.


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