Many state IT leaders are achieving results leveraging data across agencies, while others are still working on establishing the necessary policies to enable the breakdown of departmental data silos.
At the NASCIO annual conference in Orlando last month, Mississippi CIO Craig Orgeron offered a few key takeaways from the state's Lifetracks program, described as an interoperable data system. Uniting information on all levels of education — from early childhood education to post-secondary — policymakers can make projections about workforce needs and adopt policies that drive economic development.
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