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Priorities for the CIO: What We can learn from the Local Government

billsToday’s CIO has to stay on top of his game to prepare for the IT changes of tomorrow. When the information being dealt with is the government’s, the changes are even more important. Steve Towns, of Governing.com, examines the top 3 priorities of state and local government CIOs right now.

Cybersecurity: More and more states are investing in new security programs, and with good reason. Organized crime has now gone digital, and cybersecurity is no longer a technology problem but a business risk.

Transforming the workforce. New workers with specific skillsets are in demand. While old employees are still valued for their knowledge of the organization, in some cases, such as in the state of Tennessee, employees are being required to reapply for their jobs.

Shared systems: Having 50 different systems for 50 different states seems cumbersome, but moving to a shared system is costly. One day CIOs hope to share functions like Medicaid management and unemployment insurance that are common across states or localities.

In the end, it doesn’t matter what IT organization you work for, a lot can be learned about the future of IT from the government CIO’s top priorities. 

 

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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