The 2023 State CIO Survey covers evergreen topics like cybersecurity, emerging technology, cloud, legacy modernization and data management and also includes some topics with a new angle—some that we might have covered before, but we tried to put a new spin on the questions asked. The report also includes questions on workforce in many of its sections. Workforce challenges, including continuity of leadership, have and continue to have an impact on the state CIO’s ability to deliver services both now and in the future. There is also a focus on automation and, based on trending adoption, we anticipate further utilization of automation tools and services to streamline business processes; enhance digital citizen experience; and strengthen states’ cybersecurity posture.
This report presents the results of a joint Accenture/NASCIO research project exploring the future role of the state CIO and how the state CIO will drive innovation.
The research included interviews and a survey of state CIOs to understand the role of state CIOs in promoting innovation in government.
- The study explored how state IT organizations build the capacity to innovate and which best practices help in doing so.
- We also examined how state CIOs embrace new and emerging technologies to create the best government outcomes.
- Our report illuminates compelling opportunities, persistent obstacles, strategies for accelerating innovation and inspiring real-world case studies.
- The report presents a set of practical recommendations for driving innovation.
- Creating an Innovation Culture (April 15, 2020)
- Future State CIO: Catalyst and Convener of Innovation (February 17, 2020)
The National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) released Stronger Together: State and Local Cybersecurity Collaboration. With a dramatic uptick in ransomware attacks across the country, governors, state CIOs and state government executives are designing and implementing programs to strengthen local partnerships in cybersecurity. The publication outlines promising programs that states have initiated to enhance collaboration with their local government counterparts for cyber resilience. It also provides high-level recommendations for state officials looking to strengthen partnerships with local government officials on cybersecurity.
NASCIO conducts a survey of the state CIOs to identify and prioritize the top policy and technology issues facing state government. The CIOs top ten priorities are identified and used as input to NASCIO’s programs, planning for conference sessions, and publications.
This year, NASCIO and the Center for Digital Government, with support from IBM, set out to understand state CIOs’ motivations, plans and deterrents around AI adoption. The survey, Delivering on Digital Government: Achieving the Promise of Artificial Intelligence, yielded responses from 45 states. The results reflect state leaders’ eagerness to gain efficiencies and free up their workforces for higher-value work, tempered by caution due to concerns around lack of data maturity and privacy policies, as well as a dearth of employees with the necessary skills for AI adoption.
In this third in our series related to NASCIO’s “The CIO Operating System: Managing Change in a Sustainable Way,” we explore a maturity model that can help state CIOs develop their organization and explain their leadership role to a broad stakeholder audience. This paper creates a connection between trends and action and supports NASCIO’s mission to represent state CIOs in the evolving state government market. The maturity model provides a set of milestones for states to strive toward. Each maturity level is described using key characteristics. This not only provides states with a way for assessing their current state but also assists in creating the next set of goals as they move up the maturity curve. A ratings table is presented that provides a more detailed set of dimensions that characterize the new operating model. The paper culminates with a short assessment of some the key learnings from a survey of the states that was conducted in the third quarter of 2018.