November 5, 2010    /    by

Transitioning to 2011 Priorities

There are many ramifications from the state and local government election results this week, such as this article which highlights new Governors to bring big turnover of State CIOs. So what should current (or prospective) government technology professionals be doing now to prepare for 2011?

 There are many ramifications from the state and local government election results this week, such as this article which highlights new Governors to bring big turnover of State CIOs.  So what should current (or prospective) government technology professionals be doing now to prepare for 2011?

 One place to start is the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) latest priority list. Here’s a quick peek at the top five priority strategies for 2011:  

1. Consolidation / Optimization

2. Budget and Cost Control

3. Health Care

4. Cloud Computing

5. Shared Services

 

The top five priority technologies for 2011 include:  

 

1. Virtualization (servers, storage, computing, data center)

2. Cloud computing (software as a service, infrastructure, applications, storage)

3. Networking (voice and data communications, unified communications)

4. Legacy application modernization / renovation

5. Identity and access management

 

I also recommend reading this Governing article on Managing Through a Transition, which was written by the well-respected Scott Pattison back in 2006, but is still just as relevant today.

 

Another document worth reading is this “issue brief” from the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices on state government redesign efforts in 2009 and 2010.  

 

Of course, all politics are local, so understanding the priorities from the incoming elected officials is vital.

 

It’s a good idea to visit the website of our soon-to-be leaders and read about their plans and approaches. Some websites even solicit ideas and take resumes.

 

Here are a few examples: Governor-elect Rick Snyder in Michigan     

                                       Governor-elect Rick Scott in Florida &

                                       Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie in Hawaii

 

What are your thoughts on transition planning or planning for 2011 and beyond?