When looking forward to 2013, state CIOs put consolidation, optimization and cloud computing at the top of the priorities list, according to a NASCIO survey released Nov. 13.

NASCIO conducts the survey annually to identify the top 10 strategies, management processes and solutions for states, as well as top priorities in technologies, applications and tools, according to a press release.

Since last year's survey, many of the priorities have remained the same, but some, like cloud services, mobility and security, have increased in focus for CIOs. A new entry, the interoperable nationwide public safety broadband network, also entered the list. The “current fiscal conditions” are the main driving force behind IT strategy, according to the press release.

“The top priorities reflect the fact that state governments are under continued pressure to do more with less, and that leads to innovation, collaboration and sharing,” said NASCIO President and Nebraska CIO Brenda Decker. “State CIOs are demonstrating how technological innovation can enable new business models, business process enhancements, and 'joining up' of state and local governments to not only deliver government services to meet demand, but also to provide better services.”

Results of the survey produced two top 10 lists -- one of strategies, management processes and solutions; and a second of technologies, applications and tools.

The top three strategies, management processes and solutions are:

  1. Consolidation/Optimization
  2. Cloud Services
  3. Security

The top three technologies, applications, and tools are:

  1. Cloud computing
  2. Mobile workforce technologies
  3. Virtualization

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