Oct 30 2014

Top 10 State CIO Priorities for 2015

Security, cloud services and consolidating and centralizing services are top of mind for state CIOs, according to a new survey by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. NASCIO ranked the top ten priorities for CIOs in 2015:

  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. Cloud Services: cloud strategy, proper selection of service and deployment models, scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities provided "as a service" using internet technologies, governance, service management, service catalogs, platform, infrastructure, security, privacy, data ownership

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

  4. Broadband/Wireless Connectivity: strengthening statewide connectivity; implementing broadband technology opportunities

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

  6. Human Resources/Talent Management: human capital/IT workforce; workforce reduction; attracting, developing and retaining IT personnel; retirement wave planning; succession planning; support/training, portal for workforce data and trends

  7. 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

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

  9. Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity: improving disaster recovery, business continuity planning and readiness, pandemic/epidemic and IT impact, testing

  10. Customer Relationship Management: building customer agency confidence and collaboration, internal customer service strategies, service level agreements (demand planning)

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