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Mainframe as a Service Is the Bridge to the Future for New York

Getting off the mainframe is a priority for New York CIO Angelo “Tony” Riddick as he transforms the state’s IT infrastructure. And he is looking to off-premises cloud services as a vital step on the road to modernization.

New York CIO Angelo Riddick
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One of the primary drivers for transitioning away from legacy technologies is that IT teams don't have the skills within their workforce to properly manage them.

At the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Midyear conference earlier this month, New York Chief Information Officer Angelo "Tony" Riddick cited this specific challenge when it comes to the mainframe. Many large government organizations still rely upon mainframe technologies for core systems, but Riddick is looking to as-a-service solutions to usher in the next phase of transformation for New York.

In the interim, however, Riddick points to a hybrid environment as the right solution for the state, with a mix of on-premise and outsourced technologies.

"We have to make sure that we use a hybrid model because we want to capture some of the resources that we have in place like our data center," he said.

Noelle Knell has been the editor of Government Technology magazine for e.Republic since 2015. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter.
Lauren Harrison is the managing editor for Government Technology magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and 15 years’ experience in book and magazine publishing.