Why Adaptability Is Critical for State CIOs

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-04-2016 Email

To keep up with tech shifts and changing business demands, today's state government CIOs must constantly redefine the way they manage a wide range of IT systems and applications, according to a recent survey from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), Grant Thornton LLP and CompTIA. The accompanying report, titled "The Adaptable State CIO," indicates that most state CIOs, for example, are moving toward outsourcing, managed services and shared services models for IT infrastructure and operations. Most are exploring or adopting agile software development approaches. They're also looking to modernize the wealth of legacy systems that account for a substantial portion of their overall tech portfolio. In addition, many are focusing on ongoing innovations in mobility and the internet of things (IoT). In other words, our nation's state CIOs face very similar challenges—and opportunities—as those in private industry. "(State government) CIOs are adapting to changing circumstances and expectations," according to the report. "This requires agility to respond quickly to the unexpected, but also the strategic vision to anticipate and to plan for a future that cannot be easily predicted. As CIOs view the evolving state IT and business landscape, they are adapting to changing economic circumstances, to innovations in cloud-based software and service delivery, to ever-changing security and privacy challenges, and to the expectations of a millennial workforce." CIOs, deputy CIOs and senior IT leaders representing a total of 50 U.S. states and territories took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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