California state government invested over $105,118,000.00 in November 2008 indicating that, while times are tough, the business of the government must go on, according to a report by YB Marketing. This dollar figure was made up of some 585 contracts, said the company, from large companies to those designated as certified small business (SB) and disabled veteran business enterprise (DVBE).
For the same time period in November 2007, California government invested approximately $133 million in information technology products and services through 815 contracts.
In further discussions with various state departments, the company noted that while being sensitive and aware of the financial issues, some departments have seen no slowdown whatsoever; however, there is a tremendous focus on cost-saving technology and technology that offers virtualization and reduced footprint.
Additional conversations with project delivery management staff from a large U.S. based systems integrator the public sector manager noted "no projects have been affected by the economy."
YB Marketing believes that the state of California IT staff are most responsive to ideas in IT. And, they are cognizant of their responsibiltiy to the taxpayers and that suggests IT investments will continue.
Research gathered through various department reports, direct interviews, and public record. This may not include all branches and constitutional officers.