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State Priorities

I just returned from the Annual meeting of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) in Austin, Texas. With 46 state governments represented and over 650 technology professionals in attendance, NASCIO continues to maintain its status as the premier conference for access to state CIOs.

Through our membership, NASCIO provides the IBM Government teams with an opportunity to understand the main themes, challenges and initiatives of the US Government market. It is also an opportunity to develop relationships and meet up with old friends. This year was no different, as the picture below of former State CIOs in attendance indicates.


The conference agenda was set around the priorities of the States and so it was no surprise that cybersecurity dominated the agenda. Topics like agile, mainframe as a service, consolidation and cloud were also prominent sessions. By now you are saying, tell me something I didn’t know.

At the conference, NASCIO, Grant Thornton LLP and CompTIA released the 2017 State CIO Survey. If you work with State governments, this is a must read. The report addresses the State CIOs’ perspective on a number of topics, with a particular focus on the continued evolution of the CIO as a broker of shared services, on the emergence of new and disruptive technologies and on strategies being used to embrace digital government.

IBM is in a great position to be a partner with government CIOs as they broker services to their agency clients. All we need to do is listen to their state specific issues and show our differentiated value.

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