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Millions in Savings Expected from Montana Consolidation Effort

CIO Ron Baldwin talks about what he expects to gain from an executive branch consolidation now underway.

Montana CIO Ron Baldwin
Ron Baldwin, CIO, Montana
David Kidd/Government Technology
At the NASCIO Midyear conference in Virginia last month, we talked to many state CIOs who echoed the importance of the priorities that make up the organization's top 10 list for 2017. It's a set of priorities that align closely with those gathered by the Center for Digital Government's* 2016 Digital States survey. Both lists rank cybersecurity as job No. 1, with high marks for cloud, as well as budget and cost control.

Also reflected on both lists, many CIOs are in the midst of consolidation efforts in which infrastructure and services are shared across agencies that used to operate independently. Here, Montana CIO Ron Baldwin talks about how consolidation is taking shape in his state.  

*The Center for Digital Government is part of e.Republic,
Government Technology's parent company. 


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.