State CIOs Reveal IT Trends


 

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The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) recently released its 2010 state CIO survey report, “Perspectives and Trends from State Government IT Leaders.” Forty state CIOs participated in survey.  Here are a couple of intersting findings for contractors.

First, the majority of CIOs expect budgets to be tight through 2013.  Many expect ongoing maintenance spending to continue, but new funding will be limited. To balance budgets, some CIOs are cutting staff.  While 64 percent reported a decrease in budgets, 23 percent expect their budget to hold steady, and 13 percent expect an increase due to funding from sources like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

CIOs also provided feedback on the importance of emerging technologies such as cloud computing, social media, and green IT.  Half of the state CIOs surveyed said their organizations are looking into cloud computing, but have yet to implement it. One in five said their organization currently employs active or pilot cloud computing projects. 

 Though only 25 percent of states have statewide social media policies, nearly half have CIO organizations using social media, including YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Ten percent of CIOs reported their states prohibiting the use of social media.

92 percent of CIOs recognized the importance of green IT in saving money on electricity.  46 percent of those surveyed said state policies are currently in place to mandate green IT while 21 percent reported having no active policies.  31 percent reported these policies were in development.

For IT contractors, it appears the belts will remain tight for another two years.  Still, bright spots clearly exist in the areas of cloud computing and green IT initiatives.

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