Balanced budgets and cost controls, consolidating services, increasing broadband connectivity and reporting the use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds top the list of policy priorities for state chief information officers (CIO) around the country, according to a survey by the Washington-based National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).

Virtualization, networking, document management and cloud computing were the top technological priorities in NASCIO's "Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities for State CIOs," which is available at www.nascio.org/publications.

Top 10 policy priorities

  • 1. Budget and cost control

  • 2. Consolidating services

  • 3. Sharing services

  • 4. Broadband and connectivity

  • 5. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act reporting

  • 6. Security

  • 7. Transparency

  • 8. Infrastructure investment and protection

  • 9. Health Information

  • 10. Data governance


Top 10 technology priorities

  • 1. Virtualization

  • 2. Networking

  • 3. Document/Content/Records/E-mail management

  • 4. Cloud computing

  • 5. Security enhancement tools

  • 6. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) / Legacy application modernization-renovation

  • 7. Geospatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • 8. Business Intelligence (BI) and Business Analytics (BA) applications

  • 9. Identity and access management

  • 10. Social media and networking