This year’s Digital States Survey asked state CIOs to identify their primary areas of focus for the next two years; topping the list were shared services, cybersecurity and budget and cost controls.

The biennial technology survey requests comprehensive information from state technology leaders on their current technology practices. Survey data is analyzed to arrive at letter grades that rank each state based on how effectively it demonstrates technology leadership in a variety of different business areas. The Digital States Survey is conducted by the Center for Digital Government (CDG), the research and advisory division of e.Republic, publisher of Government Technology.

While most survey data is analyzed to arrive at each state’s letter grade, respondents’ also rank technologies and initiatives based on the likelihood that each will receive increased focus over the next two years. These rankings were not scored, and did not factor into the grade each state received.

Here are the top technologies and initiatives identified by state CIOs:

1. Shared Services

2. Cyber Security

3. Budget and Cost Control

4. Portal/E-government

5. Health Care

6. Data Center Consolidation; and Cloud Computing (tie)

7. Virtualization: Server, Desktop/Client, Storage, Applications

8. Broadband and Connectivity

9. Social Media

10. Hire and Retain Competent IT Personnel and Disaster Recovery/Continuity of Operations (tie)