IT consolidation has been a high-priority government and education initiative for many years. While many state and education organizations are already on board, or boarding quickly, the move may be born of a different catalyst than you may expect—certainly different than federal agencies.
Federal agencies are consolidating IT efforts largely in response to federal mandates such as the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) and the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). For state and local government and education, however, consolidation is coming far more from a need to create a unified IT approach as well as a need to enhance value.
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