Efficiencies will save more than five million dollars in the next 10 years, perhaps more.
Chief Information Officer Ed Toner has been on the job for four months, moving to centralize information technology service and eliminate duplication.
“The cost savings to date: $71,650 in one-time savings. We have a total of $5.3 million over the next 10 years,” according to Toner. “I expect that to increase dramatically. We have just scratched the surface.”
A number of different initiatives have been instituted by the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO ) to eliminate waste, mostly through consolidation of computer services.
The office cites 20 different cost saving moves. Not all are just savings to the state.
Ninety counties have contracted with the state, giving up local servers to use the centralized location hosted by the OCIO. Toner says the move will reduce maintenance costs as well as the upfront cost of buying servers. Every Nebraska county, except for the three largest, Douglas, Sarpy, and Lancaster, have made the move.
The Nebraska State Patrol became the first state agency to move all of its servers to those maintained by the OCIO, which Toner says will serve the patrol better while providing improved security for its data.
Five agencies, OCIO, Roads, Labor, Corrections, and Health and Human Services, are moving to consolidate help desk support services.
The initiatives are projected to save $5,321,050 over the next 10 years.
Gov. Pete Ricketts promises to increase efficiency while improving services.
“By bringing some of the private sector experience that Ed has to that Office of the Chief Information Officer, we’re centralizing services, being able to cut out some of the wasteful spending and because of that, save $5.3 million,” according to Ricketts.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]