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Louisiana Consolidation Illuminated Need to Retire Old Tech

State Chief Information Officer Dickie Howze has a ready answer when asked which technology the state currently uses that he'd like to cast into retirement.

by / April 20, 2018

When Lousiana consolidated its IT infrastructure a few years back, the state realized millions of dollars in savings. But uniting so many distinct and disparate systems introduced a lot of complexity, and few CIOs would welcome the opportunity to add additional legacy systems to their portfolio. 

When GT checked in with CIO Dickie Howze at the annual NASCIO conference in Austin last October, we asked if there was any old tech that Howze would rather leave behind. For Howze, the question was a simple one.

"There are a large number of applications in our Public Safety Department that are built on really old technologies," he said. "It's very, very hard to maintain and modernize those systems, mainly because there's so many of them." Hear the rest of his answer in the video above. 


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Government Technology editor Noelle Knell has more than 15 years 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.

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