How State CIOs Are Focusing on the Enterprise

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-04-2015 Email

Most state CIOs are implementing enterprisewide strategies to best support business efforts and make better investment decisions, according to a recent survey from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and Infosys Public Services. The resulting report, titled "Is State IT Working on the Right Things?" indicates that these CIOs are taking proactive steps to ensure that IT efforts are current and properly aligned with business. They're also moving forward with consolidation efforts to establish a single system for tracking and managing business requests. Most of the survey results are encouraging, but there are areas in which state CIOs can improve: Relatively few are measuring benefits of completed projects, and they're still spending too much of their budget on the maintenance of existing systems as opposed to innovation. While the findings are focused upon CIOs in the public sector, they provide useful perspectives for tech leaders within all industries who are dealing with the same challenges. "While state IT departments are starting to address shortcomings in their decision criteria and processes, there is still a lot to be done," said Doug Robinson, executive director of NASCIO. "Accelerating the pace of change will require principled direction, well-defined operating schemes and improved investment in management practices." A total of 34 state CIOs and other senior-level state IT decision-makers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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