Top 10 State CIO Priorities for 2015

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-04-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Security
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    Security

    Through risk assessment, governance, data protection and training, state CIOs must determine what constitutes "due care."
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    Cloud Services
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    Cloud Services

    State cloud strategies address the development of scalable as-a-service models, while covering platform, infrastructure, privacy and data ownership concerns.
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    Consolidation/Optimization
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    Consolidation/Optimization

    By consolidating services, operations and infrastructure, IT departments overcome barriers to optimal enterprise-driven performance.
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    Broadband/Wireless Connectivity
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    Broadband/Wireless Connectivity

    CIOs are constantly looking for ways to expand broadband capabilities to achieve statewide connectivity.
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    Budget/Cost Control
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    Budget/Cost Control

    With continued constraints on state budgets, "Do more with less" rules the day.
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    HR/Talent Management
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    HR/Talent Management

    A wave of Boomer retirements is creating an urgency to recruit, develop and retain top IT talent. A helpful tool: portals for workforce data and trend analysis.
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    Strategic IT Planning
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    Strategic IT Planning

    A state CIO's success depends on a visionary road map that aligns future tech innovation with the governor's policy agenda.
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    Mobility
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    Mobility

    Through enterprise mobility management, state CIOs can take command over devices, apps, policies, support and wireless infrastructure needs.
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    DR/Business Continuity
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    DR/Business Continuity

    How do CIOs plan for the worst that can happen? By plotting worst-case scenarios, and then conducting the necessary testing to deal with them.
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    CRM
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    CRM

    In serving both taxpayers and internal users, state CIOs turn to collaborative tech to build relationships.
 

In the past, IT professionals who worked for the government were generally at a technological disadvantage: They were on the public payroll and, with the inevitable budget restrictions, remained somewhat removed from the leading edges of tech innovation. This situation, however, appear to be fading, according to a recently released top 10 list of 2015 priorities from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). Indeed, the list also seems to cover every major strategic objective of CIOs within private industry, as state CIOs are intently focused on cloud services, consolidation, mobility/wireless connectivity, customer relationship management (CRM) and other forward-thinking initiatives. At the same time, they're raising awareness and preparedness levels when it comes to security and disaster recovery(DR) and business continuity, given that the protection of ongoing operations and sensitive data remains crucial. "State CIOs understand the real challenges of data governance and the need for more discipline around the management of state data assets," says Doug Robinson, executive director of NASCIO.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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