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Why NASTD's mainframe survey warrants a closer look

by Claire Bailey

This summer, the National Association of State Technology Directors released survey results indicating a rather bleak future for the mainframe in state government IT. News coverage seemed to imply that state IT teams couldn’t migrate off the platform fast enough. But before IT leaders consider this as just the latest validation to abandon their mainframes, they’d be well advised to take a closer look. The survey does make valid points — for example, a…

State technology offices continue pushing away from the mainframe

by Colin Wood

Mainframes, the giant computers that house many of state government’s most critical services, are continuing their crawl out the door, according to state technology leaders who responded to a recent survey. Data presented by the National Association of State Technology Directors at the group’s annual conference in Big Sky, Montana, this week revealed that challenges surrounding cost and workforce are continuing to push the technology out of government. Some surveyed said…

Virginia signs Unisys for $242 million data center contract

by Jackson Barnett

The Virginia Information Technologies Agency announced Wednesday it has awarded a six-year $242.4 million contract to Unisys to manage its server, storage and data center services. The contract joins five others already signed by the state and other vendors as part of its new services model that allows a variety of shorter contracts from different suppliers, rather than the single IT contract the state has held with Northrop Grumman since…

How Denver integrates automation into HR processes

by StateScoop Staff

The City and County of Denver is on its way to becoming more efficient after streamlining its workflows and its heavily customized HR system. Shortly after going live with the Workday Human Capital Management software, Denver’s employees reduced their time spent verifying HR and compliance issues and could focus more attention on serving their constituents. In a recently published case study from Workday, Karen Niparko, executive director of HR, and Chris Longshore,…

How Louisiana saved $70 million with IT consolidation efforts

by StateScoop Staff

The state of Louisiana recently organized an office consolidation and IT modernization project that has so far achieved $70 million in cost savings. The state brought together all of its IT departments from across 20 executive branches. Under this new structure, it has been able to consolidate legacy systems, work toward IT modernization and cut costs by using a shared services model. A new report published by Splunk shows how…

How one Virginia county benefited by moving data to the cloud

by WorkScoop Staff

Fairfax County benefits from improved operational intelligence and cost savings from a reduced data center footprint, a new report says.

Giant no-bid IT contracts at Kansas revenue agency prompt surprising layoffs

by Ryan Johnston

The Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) will lay off 56 employees after two multimillion dollar no-bid contracts with CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc., the company behind the torrid rollout of Healthcare.gov in 2013, the Wichita Eagle first reported this week. KDOR will move its information technology services over to the company after signing at least two no-bid contracts in February 2017 and February 2018 worth $59 million and $53 million, respectively. Some lawmakers…

How to strengthen security seamlessly with cloud

by WorkScoop Staff

State and local government agencies are turning to cloud to streamline and strengthen their organizations' cybersecurity efforts.

Lawmakers pause IT consolidation in North Dakota

by Colin Wood

IT consolidation is considered a top priority of state chief information officers, but lawmakers in North Dakota have asked the state’s IT office to pump the brakes on its own consolidation project after they say they learned of major projects advancing without their approval. Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley said last week that he has paused consolidation efforts at the request of the state’s legislature, the Bismark Tribune reported, but that…

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