A recent survey of state CIOs shows most want upgraded IT governance and strengthened central IT organizations to provide better services and new efficiencies while working with tighter budgets.
Released Tuesday, July 27, by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), TechAmerica and Grant Thornton, the report found that CIOs are consolidating applications and data centers, rolling out shared services and managed services models, and embracing emerging technologies like cloud computing and social media -- while expecting smaller IT budgets and increased demands for new IT-enabled services.
"State governments will continue to endure tough fiscal conditions, which makes the state CIO's job even more challenging," NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson said in a press release. "However, the results of the survey clearly indicate this situation presents opportunities for CIOs to execute on cost-saving strategies, innovative business models and advance the use of emerging technologies."
Some of the highlights of the report (from the executive summary) include:
"The results of this survey provide valuable insight to state government legislative and executive leadership as they formulate new budgets and enact policy changes in the coming months," Hank Steininger, managing partner of Grant Thornton's global public sector practice said in the release. "With 37 governors' races this year, the information presented in this survey makes available to the incumbents and candidates the candid thoughts of the IT leadership on the current status of state IT as well as ways to improve efficiencies and operations and produce cost savings for states.
The survey was conducted in spring 2010 and included responses from 40 state and territorial CIOs, or their equivalents.