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Domain Naming Services (DNS)

WaTech Domain Naming Service (DNS) is available to all agencies connected to the State Government Network (SGN) or the IntraGovernmental Network (IGN).

Washington State administers the .wa.gov and state.wa.us domains.

The .wa.gov sub-domain is now available to cities and counties – it had previously been available only to state agencies, boards, and commissions. Local governments currently use a variety of domain names, such as city.org or county-state.com. Cities...Read more

Managed Server Hosting

WaTech can provide flexible and professional server support for your computers using the state's substantial IT resources. We currently manage a wide variety of platforms including: HP-ProLiant servers and Sun Solaris, and Linux.

You may choose from the following levels of support: you own and maintain your servers, which are hosted in our state-of-the-art data center where you have round-the-clock access; or, we can provide total support of your owned or leased servers.
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SharePoint

In today’s business environment, collaboration with team members inside and outside your organization is essential. SharePoint Service 2013 provides these opportunities and helps your staff collaborate. SharePoint organizes all of your shared information, tasks, events, and more – whether you’re working with a team of six or an interagency community of hundreds.

If your agency is on the State Government Network (SGN) and using the Enterprise Active Directory (EAD), you’re ready to...Read more

Usability Lab

The state-of-the-art Usability Lab located at WaTech headquarters in Olympia helps state and local government and qualified non-profits create usable websites and applications by conducting studies involving real users.

This one-of-a-kind service provides the space and equipment to conduct studies where users provide valuable input during the entire development process. The WaTech Usability Lab supports a diverse range of activities including card sorts, focus groups, paper...Read more

User Experience

User Experience (UX) is the overall feeling or experience that a person has when using something. It includes how easy it is to use, how satisfying the experience is, whether it is useful or not, and how well it meets the person’s needs.

Regardless of whether your product is an external or internal-facing website or system, has four users or four thousand, making an investment in ensuring a positive UX can yield many benefits.

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Virtual Server Hosting

Server virtualization is the process of dividing one physical server into multiple isolated virtual operating systems – meaning servers are shared instead of dedicated to single operating systems. Server virtualization maximizes the use of the state’s IT infrastructure and reduces costs for users.

Server virtualization provides new efficient ways of operating, managing, moving, and maintaining applications.

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Web Accessibility

Web Accessibility is the design and development of websites, web applications, digital documents and hypermedia for people who experience disabilities. The concept of accessible design and development ensures both direct and equal access that is compatible with a person's assistive technology including screen readers, alternative input devices or screen magnification.

Census data shows that between 12% and 20% of the U.S. population experience a disability that impacts their use of...Read more

Web Server Hosting

WaTech offers reliable, quality hosting options for websites of all sizes. Shared servers are available through WaTech for small, less complex websites. Complex and active sites can be hosted on leased virtual servers. Customers have the option of either Linux or Windows web platforms for large or small websites.

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Website Services

Websites are our first and most vital opportunity to reach those who use our services.  Every organization should have a comprehensive, up-to-date website that allows you to engage with your customers.  

We understand that you may not have in-house web expertise, but still need a website that serves your users. The Web Platform service offers you a modern, usable, accessible, responsive website with no technical expertise required.  We'll build it, host it, maintain it -- you manage...Read more