State IT chiefs around the country are spending large portions of their budgets keeping old systems alive, according to a new survey commissioned by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and Infosys Public Services.
Nearly half — 45% — of the CIOs surveyed indicated that they are spending more than 80% of their budget on maintaining existing systems.
The report aims to help state IT decision makers understand the key factors needed to make more effective investments.
Years of decentralized decision-making among numerous agencies with a broad range of goals have resulted in complex systems environments for many states. This now presents a huge barrier for those states looking to adopt change.
The changing practices have also given states limited ability to invest in solutions that have the potential to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Accelerating change will require CIOs to improve management practices, according to the report.