• Tennessee placed second in the Center for Digital Government's 2005 Best of the Web contest. The state's priorities for 2006 to 2008, according to the Center for Digital Government, include a phased enterprise resource planning (ERP) modernization initiative, which will replace more than 40 formerly discrete systems, and which is expected to be completed by 2008. Also, Tennessee is working on a statewide automated court case information system to reduce paperwork and improve timeliness in the court system.

  • Wisconsin -- Jim Doyle, the incumbent, won re-election, but the state still faces a change in top IT management. CIO Matt Miszewski resigned in February.

    The state's priorities for 2006 to 2008 are ERP modernization to replace 59 existing financial management systems and 38 existing human resources systems, according to the Center for Digital Government. The state Division of Enterprise Technology also intends to automate and improve nearly 100 business processes with an eye toward harvesting business intelligence to make data-driven decisions.

  • Ohio -- Ted Strickland, a challenger, won in a race with no incumbent running. State CIO Mary Carroll retired in January, after guiding Ohio to a third-place finish in the 2006 Digital States Survey.

    According to the Center for Digital Government, Ohio's priorities for 2006 to 2008 are developing a statewide intelligent transportation system, including interactive mapping for advanced way-finding tools. In addition, the state will embark on an ERP implementation, slated to start in December 2006, to support advanced knowledge or business intelligence features in the biennium ahead.

  • New York -- Eliot Spitzer, the state's former attorney general, won a race with no incumbent running.

    New York jumped considerably in the 2006 Digital States Survey rankings -- moving from beyond the top 25 in 2004 to 18th in 2006. Hard work went into the state's ascent in the survey rankings, and the question now becomes how New York will approach IT strategy under the new administration. Spitzer is no stranger to technology. While delivering the keynote speech at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City in early 2006, he summarized a proposal to provide affordable broadband to all New York citizens.

    Spitzer made a potentially interesting move shortly after the election, naming Paul Francis as his budget director in December. Francis is former CFO for Priceline.com, which helped pioneer the online travel industry.

    Shane Peterson  |  Associate Editor