Rhode Island encourages state-local partnerships with data center

CTO Tony Lupinacci discusses how his state is trying to break down barriers at the National Association of State Technology Directors' annual conference.

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Rhode Island Chief Technology Officer Tony Lupinacci admits that his state is “the size of postage stamp compared to other states,” but he believes his staff still has plenty of work to do to encourage more collaboration with state and local governments on IT projects.

“There are 39 different cities and towns, they all operate very distinct and separate, and a lot of fiefdoms [built up] over the years,” Lupinacci told StateScoop at the National Association of State Technology Directors’ annual conference in August.

But the CTO also said Rhode Island is making a lot of progress when it comes to breaking down those barriers.

The state built a new data center in Warwick back in 2011 to support all the state’s executive branch agencies, but Lupinacci’s staff has since been able to entice local governments to use the center’s services as well.

“We even have some cities and towns that are starting to see ‘why not take advantage of this?’” Lupinacci said. “The state’s paying for it, we can collaborate to save money for the cities and towns. They’re all using 39 different [enterprise resource planning] systems, why not use us as a private cloud? Those barriers are starting to break down.”

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