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The Modernization Imperative: Illinois Undertakes Enterprise HCM

On the heels of a major financial upgrade, Illinois CIO Jennifer Ricker talks about what’s at stake as the Department of Innovation and Technology stands up a core HR system for tens of thousands of state employees.

Illinois Chief Information Officer Jennifer Ricker
Government Technology/David Kidd
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As the secretary and CIO of the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology, Jennifer Ricker is modernizing large-scale systems that have tremendous impact on the state. We talked to Ricker this week at the NASCIO Annual Conference, where she outlined an ambitious agenda.

"What we've been focused on is very foundational, sort of back to basics," she said. "Not necessarily always the most flashy projects, but things that are really fundamental that make big, transformational changes for the state at the same time."

Having recently completed a major upgrade to state financial systems, she and her team are now turning toward establishing enterprise human capital management — an endeavor aimed at improving the overall HR experience for tens of thousands of state employees. Initial phases will impact upward of 50,000 people, according to Ricker, while the upcoming payroll portion will affect an even larger group.

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.
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