What makes state and local government IT leaders tick?
That's what StateTech editors Matt McLaughlin and Amy Schurr wanted to know when they headed to NASCIO's 2013 conference. Over the course of three days, they interviewed 13 CIOs and IT decision-makers from 10 different states (and one U.S. territory). These IT leaders expressed a range of concerns, from shrinking budgets to slow procurement processes. While each faces unique challenges, they also recognize the unprecedented ability of technology like cloud computing and Big Data to streamline government while delivering better services.
Here are five videos from the conference that provide an excellent perspective of the current state of IT in state and local government.
"You're basically at war with the enemy -- the cyberenemy -- every single day." — Samuel Nixon of Virginia
"It's at least as hard to buy something in government as it is to build it." — Michael Cockrill of Washington
"Information is becoming the most critical asset that we have, and as a CIO, as an IT organization, we really need to be good stewards of that information." — Bill Oates of Boston
"Security, reliability — they can then focus on other stuff that is more business-oriented or core function-oriented." — Reuben Molloy of the U.S. Virgin Islands
"Agencies can foster innovation in a number of different ways. I think the first thing is that you have to create that culture." — Joe Deklinski of Pennsylvania