State CIOs Benefit From Shifts in IT Management

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-06-2014 Email

If you think you have a lot on your plate, you should take a look at what state CIOs are taking on: A significant number are taking the lead role in dozens of major IT projects, with most budgeted at more than $20 million, according to a new survey from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), TechAmerica and Grant Thornton LLP. While there are major differences between public-sector tech project demands and those in private industry, it's always beneficial to find out what's working for state CIOs. Among the rising trends: data center consolidation, outsourcing and agile project management. In addressing the latter, one CIO survey participant said, "We have had a recent, sharp focus on keeping the duration of all projects under two years. We have found that longer projects are less successful, as business rules and leadership continue to change. Larger projects must be broken down into smaller phases that each deliver business value. We have found that this generates multiple release strategies that make success more likely and lessens the project team desire [to cram everything] into the initial release." Sounds like advice that could work for any CIO in any sector, no? CIOs from a total of 52 NASCIO member states and territories participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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