What is the overall purpose of this program?
The purpose of this program is to reduce complexity, increase efficiency and realize savings for the State of Ohio within its IT infrastructure and improve service within its IT service delivery. The State maintains redundant hardware, software andinfrastructure across the enterprise which causes the State to spend more money on IT than necessary. For example, there are more than 30 data centers, 14 statewide networks and multiple email systems operating on different platforms. These duplicated operations and systems consume valuable financial and human resources that could provide more benefit to the State and its citizens if they were allocated to support the missions of the agencies.
What is the difference between IT Optimization and IT Transformation?
IT Optimization is the State’s overall strategic vision for Information Technology.
IT Transformation refers to the tactical projects and work that will modernize the State’s approach to IT for the most efficient delivery of services.
The term Transformation was very important when the Transformation Office of over 100 IT staff was formed to conduct the analysis and planning for the transformational projects that the State would need to undertake to achieve its strategic goals for Optimization. Regardless of the terms we use, the most important thing to remember is the reason the State wants to optimize in the first place – we want to lower the cost of IT and invest those savings into new capabilities and the businesses of the agencies.
Does the Governor support the IT Optimization initiative?
Yes, IT Optimization is fully supported by the Governor as he has a goal to move the State’s IT into the 21st century, and the time to move is now. The money and resources saved through the elimination of unnecessary IT redundancies can then be redirected into newer types of IT services and the agency businesses where citizens will see and receive benefit.
How much will IT Optimization cost?
What is the projected timeline for IT Optimization?
IT Optimization Information Center
02/16/2018: IT Optimization Summit (.pdf)
03/01/2018: IT Optimization Summit (.pdf)
03/22/2018: IT Optimization Summit (.pdf)