Illustration: Colorado CIO Mike Locatis

The Colorado Office of Information Technology (OIT) issued a request for information (RFI) April 13 that seeks to obtain ideas, methodologies and approaches from the private sector for incorporating the concepts of shared/common services into the state's IT consolidation program.

The RFI represents the start of a series of steps the state government is taking to solidify the achievements already gained from this program. Within the RFI are specific questions the state is asking respondents to answer. The state anticipates that private-sector IT vendors will share their approaches for incorporating shared/common services applications into an overall strategy for maximizing the benefits from the IT consolidation.

"We are hoping for a lot of participation from the private sector on this. RFI respondents are encouraged to give us their best shot at applying 21st century concepts of shared/common services to our current and planned situation," said Mike Locatis, the CIO of Colorado.

Like many other states, Colorado is working through budget shortfalls at all levels. Many of the state's public-sector entities (e.g., municipalities, counties, special districts, K-12 education, higher education, etc.) continue to face sacrifices in IT maintenance, replacement and enhancements for the duration of the current economic downturn. The RFI seeks information that will result in higher degrees of infrastructure sharing among and between public-sector entities. The question is: How to accomplish sharing in the current IT infrastructure environment, where these entities have a wide variety of IT solutions in various stages of their life cycle?


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