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On the latest episode of StateScoop’s Priorities podcast, Pennsylvania CTO Jim Weaver says the technology part of legacy modernization is the "easiest" part.
Jake Williams is currently the Associate Publisher & Director of Strategic Initiatives for StateScoop, based in Washington, D.C., where h...
There’s a common phrase in the state government information technology community — people, process and technology.
For Jim Weaver, Pennsylvania’s chief technology officer, it applies across all parts of the enterprise, but especially in the legacy modernization space.
“It’s too often our focus on modernization is being driven by a technology component,” Weaver says on the latest episode of Priorities. “The technology component is probably the easiest part of the discussion. Do not minimize the people and process part of the effort.”
In Pennsylvania, which has included modernization in all four parts of its information technology strategic plan, the workforce component transcends both the capabilities and resources aspects of any “successful modernization effort,” Weaver says.
“When looking at process, knowledge or organizational management spend, data lifecycle management — things of that nature — those are all equally critical,” Weaver says. “I would really tell my peers to spend time on those areas and the technology components become significantly easier to deliver. Too many times, it’s been on the technology.”
To take that one step further, the Commonwealth’s “Future State” model — or vision going forward — is built upon a “solid foundation of people, relationships and supporting agreements,” Weaver says.
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