The governor appointed Oklahoma Chief Information Officer Bo Reese in 2014. He inherited a state technology system that was beginning to evolve into a unified force. Just a few years earlier, the governor had signed the Information Technology Consolidation and Coordination Act to bring state agencies under one IT umbrella.
Before implementation of the act began in 2011, most Oklahoma state agencies integrated IT within their agency with an inability to leverage buying power, the overprovisioning of IT and personnel, expensive requirements to share data between agencies and significant security risks. A 2009 legislatively mandated study found:
The Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services Information Services division was left to fix these segmented and broken systems. CIO Reese’s leadership has been instrumental in overseeing many successes:
Streamlining IT functions
By the end of this fiscal year, 78 legislatively mandated and more than 30 voluntary agencies will have unified their IT, reducing duplicative systems and resources and with an estimated reduced spending and projected savings of $129 million. Read more in the Progress on Unification quarterly reports.
Combating threats to Oklahoma’s IT security
The Oklahoma CyberCommand Security Operations Center responds to hackers, viruses, spam email campaigns and more, addressing over 475,000 cyber events in 2016. To learn more, read “Every Vigilant: Protecting the State’s Data”.
Moving the DHS Data Center
OMES migrated 55 critical data systems housed at Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services. Previously, the systems took up 8,222 square feet. Through virtualization, the space was reduced to seven racks and the mainframe in about 100 square feet at the OMES Data Center. Read more in the FY 16 Q4 Progress on Unification.
Improving public safety
The Criminal Justice Information Systems Center for Excellence unifies IT functions and accommodates specialized IT needs of Oklahoma law enforcement agencies. It provides a place for criminal justice agencies to share ideas, modern technologies and data.
Leveraging IT purchasing power in and outside of Oklahoma
Oklahoma saved $46 million from statewide IT contract purchases in FY 16. View the Procurement Savings Report.
Wi-Fi and broadband service for Oklahoma students
The Oklahoma Connect and Learn Initiative strives for Wi-Fi in and affordable high-speed broadband service for all Oklahoma classrooms. Launched by Gov. Mary Fallin, OMES is partnering with state, national and local organizations to improve the capacity and affordability of fiber-optic connections for public schools. Read more in the FY 17 Q1 Progress on Unification.
Updating core agency services with unified communications
OMES is updating core unified IT services of email and phone for more than 100 offices in over 60 state agencies. Microsoft Office 365 allows agencies to share documents and emails and to hold online interagency meetings. Hosted Voice Services updates telephone services and networks, while retiring an aged system previously located in the state Capitol. Phone updates are scheduled for completion by early FY 18.