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1. Consolidation/Optimization

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-21-2010 Print

You've been weathering what is generally considered the worst economic period of modern times, and have struggled with limited IT budgets as a result. Yet, you're still pursuing enterprise innovation to best serve your enterprise's internal and external customers. Sound familiar? These are among the top 10 CIO Priorities for 2011 according to a survey from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). Like their private industry counterparts, CIO who oversee IT for the 50 U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia hope that 2011 brings about a turn of fiscal fortune. But, they're still carefully considering solutions that save day-to-day operating costs, while allowing government agencies to address citizen and individual agency needs. They also must continue to meet legislative mandates. "Clearly, the priorities for 2011 are a mirror image of the current challenges state government is facing," says Kyle Schafer, president of NASCIO and CTO of the state of West Virginia. "State government CIOs are collaborating across the country on innovative strategies, methods and technological solutions. Consolidation, optimization, budget and cost control and shared services are all focused on gaining efficiencies, economies of scale and effective IT investment." Here is the final "top 10" ranking of state CIO priorities for strategies, management processes and solutions in 2011:


State CIOs seek to cut costs and increase efficiencies by centralizing infrastructure, data centers.


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