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NASCIO maps top concerns for state CIOs

What: “The State CIO Top Ten: Why it’s More than a List,” a report from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

Why: Every year, NASCIO surveys state CIOs about their top priorities and creates a top 10 list based on their responses. This is part of a series of reports based on that survey.

Findings: Earlier this year, NASCIO released a report that created a framework for state CIOs to serve as a “broker” that is dealing with political, internal, market and customer forces to bring in the IT tools a state needs. This latest report brings that framework to the top ten list.

Customer forces, for example, lead to CIOs prioritizing digital government (fourth on the top 10 list), while political forces create priorities like security and data management and analytics (first and eighth on the list, respectively).

These four forces make for an ever-shifting and complex environment in which to bring digital transformation, the NASCIO report warns.

“One key take away is this, the state CIO must consider what is possible with existing internal resources as well as what is possible with other resources that reside outside of his or her internal organization,” the report reads.

Read the full report here.

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