Jeff Stiles, Author at Accela

Posts by Jeff Stiles

On Open Data, Platforms and Public/Private Partnerships

Jeff Stiles
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Mark Headd and I were asked by Professor Peter Robertson to share our perspectives at the upcoming Academy of Management Conference. Unfortunately, our Engage Conference precludes us from attending in person, so we filmed a brief video to send on our behalf. We had a chance to discuss the Accela Civic Platform and CivicData.com and to share our thoughts on: Challenges and opportunities agencies face when building open data How standardization is essential to fostering innovation The value of open data to agencies, developers and citizens How public/private partnerships foster innovation How a platform approach is essential for scale How civic engagement and collaborative governance improve communities These things are inextricably linked…. Continue reading

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What Does the Civic Platform Mean to Me?

Jeff Stiles
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You’re going to hear a lot about the Accela Civic Platform. It’s core to our mission of bridging the gap between government and citizens and is designed to help you engage—with citizens, across departments and jurisdictions, and with developers looking to create solutions to help you build better communities. Today, Accela customers describe their environments in a manner of alphabet soup: AA, ACA, AMO, ESME, FIDs and the like. Over the years, Accela Automation has evolved to include a great many capabilities that are, in turn, part of the solutions that you’ve deployed to solve core government business problems in managing land, licensing, assets, and public health &… Continue reading

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Recreation Time!

Jeff Stiles
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Each year, billions of citizens visit our National Parks and Federal and State lands. Yet, most agencies still haven’t found a way to leverage technology to improve the effectiveness of limited staff in collecting entrance or usage fees and helping to manage their natural resources, or in making services available online and on mobile. Imagine reserving your campground from your phone or computer, purchasing parks entrance passes without having to wait in a long line or renewing your boat registration from the comfort of your couch. It means that citizens can spend more time enjoying these natural resources and less time with process and paperwork. Accela is now in a great position to help manage these types of valuable resources with our acquisition of Kinsail…. Continue reading

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Right Way to Manage Right of Ways

Jeff Stiles
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Accela acquired Envista today, and we’re thrilled to have their employees and customers join the Accela family. Envista’s cloud-based solutions provide visibility and real-time insight into street projects and activities of all kinds that occur within the public right of way. This enables proactive management of utility projects, public works, permitting, incidents, traffic and events to optimize street performance, reduce costs and minimize environmental impact. And, citizens have real-time visibility to the projects that have the potential to impact their communities and lives. We will rebrand the Envista solution as Accela Right of Way Management and continue to make this Software as a Service solution available on an annual subscription basis…. Continue reading

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Engaging in Legislative Management

Jeff Stiles
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Accela announced today that we have acquired IQM2, a leading provider of cloud-based solutions to manage public meetings, minutes and video content, and board appointments and governance. We view this as an outstanding opportunity to help our agency customers streamline and accelerate the entire experience of preparing, deciding and sharing the results and content of public meetings online. It’s also a way to offer transparency to encourage citizens to engage and have a voice in government decisions. The IQM2 solution, which will be branded Accela Legislative Management, is purposely designed for the agency staff that manages the public sector meeting process, including pre- and post-meeting efforts to originate,… Continue reading

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Open Data Delivering on Its Promise to Bring Governments and Citizens Together

Jeff Stiles
The open government movement is gaining critical momentum, and that shouldn’t be a surprise. Making the data the government collects publicly available has the power to transform everyday life by better informing our decisions, from what restaurant to eat at, to where to start your business, to what apartment to rent. Just last week we had great presence at events from Sacramento to Berkeley. There was an exciting group of experts lined up to speak at California FWD’s open data event—including Kris Trujillo, the lead architect of Accela’s free open data portal, CivicData.com. Kris talked about open data as the key to bridging the divide between government and citizens and the opportunity for developers and civic entrepreneurs to build businesses by creating useful apps for government…. Continue reading

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Finding Our True North: Bringing Customers, Partners and Developers Together at PDC 2014

Jeff Stiles
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We just wrapped our ninth annual Partner and Developer Conference, and across the organization folks are pretty jazzed. We headed north to Tahoe, and while the weather was overcast and rainy for the bulk of the event, we all gained a lot of perspective from speakers and attendees alike on our collective purpose and potential to bridge the very disparate and disconnected worlds in which our government customers and their customers & citizens live and work We spent time with partners new and old, and the consistent feedback was positive. As we opened the General Session, I asked how many audience members (both partners and Accela employees) were attending for the first time…. Continue reading

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Making Ordinary Citizens Civic Heroes

Jeff Stiles
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Allen Chen and I had the chance to present to the Concord City Council last week. Concord, which is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, is actively using Accela to manage a lot of their land, licensing and assets, and they also have agreed to partner with us to help test, validate and chart the future of Civic Hero, a mobile app for iPhone, Android and Windows phones that lets citizens easily report community issues such as potholes, graffiti or damaged public property to their local government. The City Council meeting was like many others: a Council comprised of many community elders and prominent citizens,… Continue reading

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Should You Be Moving to the Cloud?

Jeff Stiles
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We’re only one month into 2014 and we’re already seeing significant momentum around cloud delivery, specifically as it ties to cloud use by government agencies of all sizes. For Accela, this means helping these agencies realize the opportunity to reduce costs, improve service levels and engage with citizens. And we’re not alone. The Center for Digital Government recently published an issue brief talking about why it is time to move to the cloud. The idea of outsourcing is not new. Government agencies have been outsourcing for decades. However, this latest push toward outsourcing (also known as Cloud Computing) appears to be driven not only by the economy and cost pressures,… Continue reading

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Democratize Your Data with CivicData.com

Jeff Stiles
By now, I hope you’ve heard about the open data movement, and have seen how forward-thinking agencies are driving innovation by leveraging open data in hackathons and events like CityCamp Palo Alto. There are some shining examples of how open data is being used to add value and deliver services to communities. This opportunity is huge and has undeniable potential to impact governing, civic engagement and government business. But the open data movement is in its infancy, and we have a long way to go before the real value of open data begins to be realized. Honest reflection tells us that today, a small fraction of agencies are actively providing open data,… Continue reading

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