When Lousiana consolidated its IT infrastructure a few years back, the state realized millions of dollars in savings. But uniting so many distinct and disparate systems introduced a lot of complexity, and few CIOs would welcome the opportunity to add additional legacy systems to their portfolio.
When GT checked in with CIO Dickie Howze at the annual NASCIO conference in Austin last October, we asked if there was any old tech that Howze would rather leave behind. For Howze, the question was a simple one.
"There are a large number of applications in our Public Safety Department that are built on really old technologies," he said. "It's very, very hard to maintain and modernize those systems, mainly because there's so many of them." Hear the rest of his answer in the video above.