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This blog is to give everyone an opportunity to openly discuss IT consolidation in an environment where true feelings and thoughts could be expressed without reprisals.

posted to work by George, Knight of Space (14 comments)


Yoko, Barbarian of Imagination,

Does anyone know what happened at the 11/10 meeting?

Yoko, Barbarian of Imagination,

Any new updates on the consolidation?

Ari, Sommelier of the Wicked,

Ping...

George, Knight of Space,

Budget Working Groups Budget working groups will examine spending for the state’s largest agencies, including the departments of Transportation, Health, Mental Health, Human Services, Corrections, Public Safety, Education, the Division of Medicaid, Institutions of Higher Learning, community colleges, boards and commissions, state facilities, and information technology consolidation. The first meeting of the budget working groups will be: Aug. 22 - 10 a.m. K-12, 11 a.m. IHL and Community Colleges, 1 p.m. MDOT, 2:30 p.m. Buildings and Grounds, and 3:30 p.m. Boards and Commissions Aug. 23 - 10 a.m. Departments of Health, Human Services and Mental Health, 11 a.m. Medicaid, 1:30 p.m. Corrections, and 2:30 p.m. IT Consolidation. Other meetings are set for September 7-9, September 19-21, October 11-13, October 24-26, and November 9-10. Time and location are pending.

Candy, Druid of Light,

What are the pros? What are the cons? We need to be able to identify why this is bad for our agencies.

George, Knight of Space,

It has the potential to reduce State spending and increase the State's purchasing power if implemented correctly. It gives ITS power to implement IT initiatives across State agencies seamlessly. It has the ability to provide greater security for the State's network, and it will provide the vision for a unified technology model for the State. It will also make ITS the nexus of everything IT. Moving to a centralized IT model will mean State IT jobs will decrease. It is fair to say a 20% to 30% loss will be seen soon after consolidation. If anyone says otherwise, ask the folks in Georgia and Louisiana. We should also expect directives to move equipment into the State's datacenter or implement the use of cloud solutions. Agency IT budgets including staff salaries and IT contracts budgets will be shifted to ITS. We will see an increase in time delays for projects and services due to policy changes. The goals of ITS will be in contrast to the goals of the agency in many cases. This is clearly shown by the fact the consolidation conversation is not being discussed openly with the people it will affect. This move to consolidation will bring a massive change to State agencies. Change that will touch every aspect of State Government. It is astonishing the State IT community along with State Agencies are not being brought to the table for the discussion.

Estelle, Monk of Arts and Crafts,

Is there any proof of this?

Frank, Warlord of Good,

Yes.

There is a story on WJTV, dated 8-1-16, about legislators creating a joint panel to examine taxes and budgets. The IT Consolidation committee is listed there. Unable to post links on this site.

Stevie, Devourer of Light,

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George, Knight of Space,

We are working on getting the names of those on the committee and send out via email

Stevie, Devourer of Light,

I have the names, would like for me to post them here?

Charlie, Manager of the Satisfied,

Sure...pots them

Stevie, Devourer of Light,

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Frank, Warlord of Good,

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