NASCIO: Key Takeaways

In early May, I had the opportunity to attend the mid-year meeting of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).

The conference concentrated on the top ten priorities of the CIO’s as listed on the NASCIO site.

The items that sit on top of this list are:

  1. Security and Risk Management
  2. Cloud Services.

As IBM reinvents itself once again to become a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company, these topics fit right in our wheelhouse!

SessionsNASCIO provided an opportunity for States to hear presentations on their priorities, as well as have conversations with providers that have solutions to offer on those topics.  It was a learning experience irrespective of whether you were a state participant or a corporate member.


One of the breakout sessions that drew a large crowd was entitled “Creating Value Through Partnerships: Ohio and IBM”.  Stu Davis, the CIO from the State of Ohio and Kevin Hill from IBM led the session for an audience of over 100 people.  As you may or may not know, in 2013 Ohio State government awarded IBM a 10-year contract to consolidate its data center.  The contract was anticipated to save the State $150 million over the first five years (a goal that Ohio acknowledges it is close to reaching today).  The State’s cloud computing environment was designed to provide a secure, high-performance and dependable foundation for computing, while costing the State less than the existing infrastructure.


Benefits of the project include: moving from 9,000+ individually managed servers to 5,200+ servers with a net efficiency gain of 860%; improved use of service management tools, service desk operations and change management process; improved use of floor space to consolidate and repurpose available square footage; and, opened possibilities for innovation and continuous improvement. The next phase will design a private cloud portal that will allow agency administrators to log in and see how servers and applications are running.  Servers, storage, tests and development will also be auto-provisioned through the portal.  The goal of the State’s IT consolidation is to substantially reduce IT infrastructure services spend, and reallocate those funds to applications and services that support the citizens and businesses of Ohio.


Since joining IBM I have continued to hear about the need to create and share “repeatable solutions”.  This presentation at NASCIO reinforced for me how important this “repeatable” process is for us and for our clients.  Having the State CIO from Ohio take the lead in presenting to his peers on the success of our partnership was 100 times more powerful than if IBM had been there alone.  As IBM, we need to share our successes within our sectors openly, identify additional clients that would benefit from these successful solutions, and find those client champions who are willing to help us tell our story.

Director, IBM Global Government Industry

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