Government Technology

Technology Management Changes Save Indiana Millions



November 30, 2008 By

Photo: Indiana CIO Gerry Weaver

 

A quip that rings true is that IT management should be more of a dictatorship than a democracy. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' 2005 executive order creating a state CIO position and the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) embodied that philosophy. The office overhauled the state's technology landscape, consolidating IT infrastructure -- such as the network, e-mail, payroll and help desk -- across 70 agencies. That enabled the IOT to consolidate purchasing for those functions and reorganize hardware. As a result, the state saves more than $14 million annually, said Indiana CIO Gerry Weaver.

"When the governor started this, he gave us the authority -- you might say dictatorial powers -- to drive cost savings and improve performance," Weaver said.

Before the consolidation, agencies ran their own IT, leading to costly, disparate systems.


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Anonymous    |    Commented October 27, 2008

Wow...I really liked this article..I think I like the new system even more than before... Not only has the new system already saved the state money but it will continue to do so! Hopefuly, this new system will catch scam artists and detect fraud like never before... (as I am sure any taxpayer would love to see)... And the new system also allows people to apply for benefits/assistance from the privacy of their own home now...via online or over the phone. Honestly, I say way to go Indiana for taking a step into 21st century technology.

Anonymous    |    Commented October 27, 2008

Wow...I really liked this article..I think I like the new system even more than before... Not only has the new system already saved the state money but it will continue to do so! Hopefuly, this new system will catch scam artists and detect fraud like never before... (as I am sure any taxpayer would love to see)... And the new system also allows people to apply for benefits/assistance from the privacy of their own home now...via online or over the phone. Honestly, I say way to go Indiana for taking a step into 21st century technology.

Anonymous    |    Commented October 27, 2008

Wow...I really liked this article..I think I like the new system even more than before... Not only has the new system already saved the state money but it will continue to do so! Hopefuly, this new system will catch scam artists and detect fraud like never before... (as I am sure any taxpayer would love to see)... And the new system also allows people to apply for benefits/assistance from the privacy of their own home now...via online or over the phone. Honestly, I say way to go Indiana for taking a step into 21st century technology.

Anonymous    |    Commented October 27, 2008

Wow...I really liked this article..I think I like the new system even more than before... Not only has the new system already saved the state money but it will continue to do so! Hopefuly, this new system will catch scam artists and detect fraud like never before... (as I am sure any taxpayer would love to see)... And the new system also allows people to apply for benefits/assistance from the privacy of their own home now...via online or over the phone. Honestly, I say way to go Indiana for taking a step into 21st century technology.


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