Government CIOs don’t often get the credit they deserve for innovation. But the release of two separate surveys offering insights into what state chief information officers (CIOs) have to say has the industry talking. There may be only 50 of these state CIOs, but they represent some of the biggest organizations in existence, and their problems mirror those of the private sector.
The first survey from the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), along with Grant Thornton and TechAmerica, asked state CIOs to look at their most pressing issues, and published the findings in the report Charting the Course: Leading Collaboration During Uncertain Times. This annual survey, performed since 2010, offers an excellent response rate (52 states and territories this year) and is therefore thought to be an accurate representation of how state CIOs really feel.