Top 2014 IT Priorities for State CIOs


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Security, consolidation, cloud services and enterprise portfolio management top the list of critical state CIO priorities in 2014, according to state information technology leaders surveyed by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The prioritized rankings of strategies and technologies reflect voting by state CIOs.

This year, NASCIO’s annual top 10 ranking shows IT security strategies and tools are at the forefront of discussion around the states, with ‘Security’ topping the list of Priority Strategies, Management Processes and Solutions and ‘Security Enhancement Tools,’ such as continuous diagnostic monitoring, coming in second among Priority Technologies, Applications, and Tools. Following closely behind were efforts at consolidation and a continued transition to cloud services.

Project and Portfolio Management enters the top 10 for the first time in NASCIO’s rankings and assumes position 4. Security, always a member of the top 10, moves to position 1.

“It is significant that security has now risen to the number one priority on our top 10 list,” said NASCIO President and Mississippi Chief Information Officer Craig Orgeron. “As I presented in congressional testimony before the Committee on Homeland Security last week, cyber-attacks against state governments are growing in number and becoming increasingly sophisticated. Security has to be the top priority for all sectors. Clearly from our top 10 voting results, the state CIOs agree on this.”

According to Orgeron, “We will clearly see more discipline and investment in managing portfolios at the enterprise level – pursuing the right projects with the right governance and oversight.”

Here are the Top 10 Priority Technologies, Applications and Tools

1. Cloud computing: software as a service
2. Security enhancement tools: continuous diagnostic monitoring (CDM), digital forensics
3. Mobile Workforce: technologies and solutions
4. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
5. Virtualization: servers, desktop, storage, applications, data center
6. Legacy application modernization / renovation
7. Business Intelligence (BI) and Business Analytics (BA): applications, big data
8. Disaster Recover / Business Continuity
9. Identity and access management
10. Networking: voice and data communications, unified
Here are the Top 10 Priority Strategies, Management Processes and Solutions

1. Security: risk assessment, governance, budget and resource requirements, security frameworks, data protection, training and awareness, insider threats, third party security practices as outsourcing increases, determining what constitutes “due care” or “reasonable”

2. Consolidation / Optimization: centralizing, consolidating services, operations, resources, infrastructure, data centers, communications and marketing “enterprise” thinking, identifying and dealing with barriers

3. Cloud Services: scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities provided “as a service” using internet technologies, governance, service management, service catalogs, platform, infrastructure, security, privacy, data ownership, vendor management, indemnification, service portfolio management

4. Project and Portfolio Management: project management discipline, enterprise portfolio management (EPM), oversight, portfolio review, IT Investment Management (ITIM), training/certification of staff, traceability to mission and strategy, scope management, execution

5. Strategic IT Planning: vision and roadmap for IT, recognition by administration that IT is a strategic capability; integrating and influencing strategic planning and visioning with consideration of future IT innovations; aligning with Governor’s policy agenda

6. Budget and Cost Control: managing budget reduction, strategies for savings, reducing or avoiding costs, dealing with inadequate funding and budget constraints

7. Mobile Services / Mobility: devices, applications, workforce, security, policy issues, support, ownership, communications, wireless infrastructure, BYOD

8. Shared Services: business models, sharing resources, services, infrastructure, independent of organizational structure, service portfolio management, service catalog, marketing and communications related to organizational transformation, transparent charge back rates, utility based service on demand

9. Interoperable Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (FirstNet): planning, governance, collaboration, defining roles, asset determination

10. Health Care: the Affordable Care Act, health information and insurance marketplaces, health enterprise architecture, assessment, partnering, implementation, technology solutions, Medicaid Systems (planning, retiring, implementing, purchasing), eligibility determination

 

Posted by James Finnan.

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