Kentucky recruits new CIO to lead IT optimization effort
December 11, 2017
Retired U.S. Army Col. Chuck Grindle will continue an executive IT modernization project already several years underway.
In an interview with StateScoop TV, Mississippi Chief Information Officer Craig Orgeron detailed how updating the state's IT helps improve government operations.
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Mississippi's IT modernization efforts are driving efficiency throughout government, according to the state’s chief information officer.
Craig Orgeron, a past president of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, and a winner of a 2014 and 2015 StateScoop 50 GoldenGov award, told StateScoop in a video interview at NASCIO’s Midyear Conference in Baltimore that as his department works with other agencies to modernize systems, it's finding ways to streamline processes and save money.
“We’re doing a lot of modernization projects in partnership with many agencies,” Orgeron said. “Those things aren’t overly sexy, people want to talk about [things like] cyber, but you’ve got to make government go — and a lot of these systems do.”
In his own Department of Information Technology Services, Orgeron is implementing an enterprise resource planning system to assist the state’s accounting and finance departments. Orgeron also noted a few other ITS-supported modernization projects:
Meanwhile, the state has also partnered with academia to make better use of its data. Orgeron touted the state’s education data portal, which uses the expertise of several agencies and a Mississippi State University research group to tackle big data.
That effort "drove a lot of points home in terms of bringing smart people together around the table,” Orgeron said. “Partnerships with research universities are a potent thing."