Managing technology assets for an entire state is a complex endeavor. As part of the strategic planning process, CIOs must constantly weigh resources against business needs throughout the enterprise. Over the past few years, many CIOs have cited concerns over the expense of maintaining legacy technologies like the mainframe.
But at last month's NASCIO Midyear conference in Virginia, Montana CIO Ron Baldwin pointed to another reason why he doesn't envision keeping mainframes in his portfolio much longer: He soon won't have staff left in his workforce who can support the technology.
As far as the path forward for those systems that remain on the mainframe, Baldwin has his sights set on the cloud. "We're looking at modernization and transformation and re-platforming of the systems that are on the mainframe," he said. "... I hope to go to a cloud provider and host it there."
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