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New Georgia ERP System Key Component of Future Workforce

As the state makes a big push to the cloud, CIO Shawnzia Thomas explained how replacing Georgia’s 20-year-old ERP platform with a new, standardized solution will help set the stage for the next generation of state staff.

Georgia CIO Shawnzia Thomas
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Georgia CIO Shawnzia Thomas told GovTech at the NASCIO Annual Conference earlier this month about how she’s working to build a talent pipeline of staff for her agency. That next generation of workers at the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) is part of the motivation behind the state’s new ERP system as well.

Thomas explained that a more modern ERP is a major project at GTA and will replace a 20-year-old system. The old system was highly customized, and Thomas is looking for something that’s more standard and that will support the new talent coming in statewide.

Thomas’ planning for future employees goes hand in hand with Chief Technology Officer Dmitry Kagansky’s efforts toward change management with existing state staff, making sure they have training in skills that will serve them long term as technologies evolve. Kagansky is shepherding Georgia through a major push toward the cloud, and that means both upskilling current employees as well as making sure the next class of talent is comfortable with the systems GTA and the state as a whole have in place.
Lauren Kinkade is the managing editor for Government Technology magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and more than 15 years’ experience in book and magazine publishing.