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How Alaska moved 700 applications to the cloud without downtime

On this week’s Priorities podcast, Alaska Chief Information Officer Bill Smith reviews the challenges and successes of his state’s cloud migration, which so far has included more than 700 state applications. He says moving them from the state’s data centers into the cloud has been achieved without interrupting service to Alaska’s residents. Despite having small populations, Smith says, some Alaskan cities were challenged by their remote locations. Smith says the project is now entering its final phase and should be completed in the spring, just in time to integrate with an incoming generation of artificial intelligence tools.

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Priorities Podcast


Each week, the Priorities Podcast will take you through the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending stories throughout the week, as well as feature conversations with top executives across government and industry on things like modernization, emerging technology and digital services.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.