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Optimizing Infrastructure: Job No. 1 in Arkansas

Chief Information Officer Yessica Jones outlines the many benefits the state hopes to achieve by consolidating its data center environment.

Arkansas CIO Yessica Jones
Arkansas CIO Yessica Jones
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BALTIMORE — Arkansas CIO Yessica Jones is anticipating several benefits from optimizing the state's data center infrastructure. Kicking off the large and complex effort is the biggest item on her to-do list this year, she told Government Technology at the National Association of Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Midyear conference earlier this week. 

Jones detailed the scope of the project, which comes on the heels of an assessment conducted by Gartner in August 2017. As a result, the state is on the hunt for a co-location facility, as well as opportunities to take advantage of cloud technology. Network upgrades will also be needed to power the new setup.

"We're going to establish a program management office to help us plan, manage and oversee the ongoing effort," Jones added. 

Noelle Knell is the executive editor for e.Republic, responsible for setting the overall direction for e.Republic’s editorial platforms, including Government Technology, Governing, Industry Insider, Emergency Management and the Center for Digital Education. She has been with e.Republic since 2011, and has decades of writing, editing and leadership experience. A California native, Noelle 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.