CIO Priorities for 2011 Indicate Continued Frugalnomics Focus

According to a survey from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), there has not been much to cheer about this holiday season as a public sector CIO. The 2011 CIO priorities survey highlights, in the face of what is generally considered the worst economic period of modern times, the continued focus on doing-more-with-less and IT operations versus supporting growth and innovation.

Although the desire may be there to pursue improved internal and external customer service improvements via enterprise innovation, most state budgets will remain challenged well into the recovery, yielding a pragmatic, economic-focused CIO. As private sector CIOs begin to consider growth and innovation, state CIO brethren will not have that luxury until at least 2013, according to our projections.

Cost saving consolidation, optimization and services, combined with security and regulations, are driving the budgets. Frugalnomics, the focus on bottom-line value and cost savings, remains in full effect.

The top ten priorities for state CIOs into 2011 include:
1) Consolidation / Optimization
2) Budget / Cost Control
3) Health Care
4) Cloud Computing
5) Shared Services
6) Governance / Accountability
7) Security
8) Broadband / Connectivity
9) Legacy Modernization
10) Data and Information Management

Click here for CIO Insight's take on the State CIO's Top Ten Priorities for 2011


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