State moving to upgrade IT
BATON ROUGE- With the help of a private consultant, the Jindal administration plans to give a tuneup to a state government IT system that employs hundreds of workers and costs nearly half a billion dollars a year.
The Advocate reports the administration recently sought proposals on how to repair a world of woes, including duplication, ineffective use of resources, a fragmented technical architecture and a limited ability to leverage economies of scale. The bottom line: The administration wants to get more efficient, reduce costs and consolidate.
Roughly 800 people work in information technology, the computer and telecommunication systems that store and use data.
Legislative Auditor Daryl G. Purpera said state government needs to improve its IT track record after spending $100 million on a computer system upgrade plagued with problems.