Top 10 IT Priorities for State CIOs

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-04-2013 Email Print this article Print

They work within a tight budget that might only get tighter. Yet, at the same time, they're tasked to oversee transformative change with respect to consolidation, cloud migration and other IT innovations. In this case, "they" are the CIOs of the U.S. state governments. And if their challenges sound familiar, then it's safe to conclude that there really is less distinction these days between overseeing a private-industry IT department and running a state government version of the same. Given this, you may find the following top 10 list of strategic and managerial tech priorities to serve as interesting reading. They were compiled by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), as part of the organization's annual list of priorities for the year ahead. Cyber-security tops the list this year. But mobility, shared services and overall IT portfolio management aren't far behind. "We'll clearly see more discipline and investment in managing portfolios at the enterprise level—pursuing the right projects with the right governance and oversight," says Doug Robinson, executive director of NASCIO. For more about the list, click here

  • Security

    This includes risk assessment, governance, data protection, user training and awareness, and third-party practices.
  • Consolidation and Optimization

    State CIOs are looking to consolidate services, operations, resources, infrastructure and data centers, among other resources.
    Consolidation and Optimization
  • Cloud Services

    "As a service" emerges as a norm within state government, bringing up issues related to governance, security, privacy, data ownership and vendor management.
    Cloud Services
  • Project and Portfolio Management

    Enterprise portfolio management (EPM) and IT investment management (ITIM) efforts must be tracked back to overall mission.
    Project and Portfolio Management
  • Strategic IT Planning

    More state governments now recognize IT as a strategic capability, with tech innovation to be integrated within all vision-driven initiatives.
    Strategic IT Planning
  • Cost Control

    Budget limitations remain a perennial challenge for state CIOs, who are constantly directed to do more with less to save taxpayer dollars.
    Cost Control
  • Mobile Tech

    Like private industry organizations, state governments seek to accommodate BYOD user demand for new apps while keeping the enterprise secure.
    Mobile Tech
  • Shared Services

    State CIOs are working to transform organizational structures through a shared-services portfolio management and service catalog approach.
    Shared Services
  • The Interoperable Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

    Also known as the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), this network promises to provide emergency responders with the first-ever high-speed, national network dedicated to public safety.
    The Interoperable Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network
  • Health-Care Data

    The federal Affordable Care Act, along with the migration of health data to online portals, keeps health care-related tech innovation high on the radar.
    Health-Care Data
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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