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November 19, 2008

Registries Look to Future

by @ 1:39 pm. Filed under Archived, Technology

In a show of foresight that is unusual for government agencies, the registers of deeds in Massachusetts have begun investigating options for the next generation computer system for the Commonwealth. From my perspective, this is not driven by any dissatisfaction with the current system. I find that the ACS system now in use is perfectly adequate for our present and (short term) future needs. But the computer business changes with lightening speed, and it’s important for registers of deeds and everyone else to pay attention to trends and projections about where this is all heading. Otherwise, we risk being surprised by new and disruptive technologies. Rather than react to developments, we want to be in a position to anticipate and plan for new developments. The only way to do this is to look five or more years down the road and try to imagine how the registry of the future would best operate while at the same time using current technology to its maximum potential. Since our “replacement system” is something that doesn’t even exist yet (which is good because there won’t be money to buy anything for the next few years), our present task is to educate ourselves on the “big picture” in computer trends.

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