Emerging technology gets a lot of attention. Talking about pilot projects and use cases for artificial intelligence and drones in government is an exciting look at the future of how states, cities and counties can better achieve their core missions.
But what many public-sector tech leaders know is that beneath all of the well-deserved buzz generated around these forward-looking projects remains the legacy systems of gov tech: the mainframes, the data centers, the paper processes that government is in many cases looking to move away from in favor of the cloud and other digital options.
At the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Midyear Conference in April, GT talked to state CIOs about both sides of this coin. Tennessee Deputy CIO Stephanie Dedmon touched on projects like using data-driven policy to make headway on the opioid crisis and help decrease traffic incidents, but when asked what technology she’d like to get out of her state’s portfolio, she pointed to a need to keep modernizing and moving away from legacy systems and applications.
Dedmon, a 2018 Government Technology Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver, discussed the ongoing process of moving Tennessee’s agencies to newer technologies, which will likely set the stage for some of those more headline-grabbing projects.