Georgia goes to the private sector for major improvement with network transformation.
Georgia needed to make a change. With an aging IT infrastructure, slow network speeds, inadequate security and no failover mechanism, the state knew it had to make a big leap forward in a short period of time. Georgia turned to AT&T and IBM for industryleading expertise on infrastructure and network services.
The AT&T agreement, for managed network services, covers five years and is worth $346 million. While the state is only in year two of the network transformation, it’s already seeing significant benefits.
The Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) is overseeing the agreement for the state. “AT&T had managed this in a different form before,” said Chris McClendon, technical architect with GTA. “They had a contract where they were delivering voice and data services, but in a very fragmented way. Each agency bought their own solution, based on their needs and what they could afford. Under this contract, we’ve brought it under one umbrella. AT&T is managing the entire network services landscape from one end to the other, so there’s a common set of services that all the agencies have.”