Saturday, December 29, 2018

State Tech Leaders' 2019 Priorities Issued by NASCIO - Smart & Resilient Cities

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has released the state technology leaders’ top priorities for the coming year. Security remains the top priority for the sixth year, according to a recently-issued news release from the Lexington, Kentucky-based non-profit organization. Noteworthy, although not surprising, there was no change in the top four priorities from 2018. Serving as an annual message to the marketplace, NASCIO also utilizes the annual list of priorities to develop strategic areas of focus for the coming year, formulate new committees and working groups, as well as planning conference sessions and publications.

The NASCIO Top Ten rankings of strategies and technologies noted in the report reflect voting by forty-nine state Chief Information Officers.

Digital government remains as a high priority and is receiving more attention from state CIOs and agencies. This is reflective of the increase in citizen expectations for how they want to do business with state government, according to the report’s authors.

“In addition to the duty to safeguard state systems and citizen information, increasing efficiency and fostering innovation are clearly indicated as key objectives for state CIOs in 2019”, said James Collins, NASCIO president and chief information officer for the state of Delaware. “It is promising to see that states also plan to focus on expanding partnerships and leveraging the power of data analytics for public good. Partnerships with state agencies and private IT companies are key ingredients for transitioning to NASCIO’s ‘CIO as Broker’ operating model.”

“Identity and access management (IAM) appears on the top ten list for the first time,” remarked NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson. “Enterprise IAM approaches and solutions are gaining more traction in the states, and are essential for managing secure employee access and supporting digital government platforms for citizens,” added Robinson.

Most recently, NASCIO, as noted in an article on this site, recognized industry leaders at its Annual Conference. During the event, the organization also issued a separate report, detailed in a feature published by Smart & Resilient Cities, on the evolving nature of technology leadership, focusing on the role of CIO as communicator. Earlier in the year, the organization issued a report titled, “State CIO as Broker: A New Model.” The purpose, according to NASCIO, and as reported on this site's news was to generate open discussion and explore the underlying forces of change that are driving the need for a new operating model.  

For its part, the mission of NASCIO is “To foster government excellence through quality business practices, information management, and technology policy.” Founded in 1969, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 association representing state chief information officers and information technology executives and managers from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The primary state members are senior officials from state government who have executive-level and statewide responsibility for information technology leadership. State officials who are involved in agency level information technology management may participate as associate members, according to the non-profit’s website. Representatives from federal, municipal, international government and non-profit organizations may also participate as members. Private-sector firms join as corporate members and participate in the Corporate Leadership Council.

NASCIO provides state CIOs and state members with products and services designed to support the challenging role of the state CIO, stimulate the exchange of information and promote the adoption of IT best practices and innovations. From national conferences, peer networking, research and publications, briefings and government affairs, NASCIO works to maintain its role as the premier network and resource for state CIOs. Each program year, NASCIO develops and supports committees which enable members to examine key issues in depth and deliver research briefs and other products. NASCIO also creates ad hoc working groups with clearly prescribed charters to focus on high-priority and time-sensitive issues for the states.

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