Deep Dive Session: CIO Perspective on AI/Automation

NASCIO and the Center for Digital Government, with support from IBM, surveyed state government leaders about the potential and promise of artificial intelligence (AI) approximately one year ago. At the time, AI was just starting to gain traction in state government. A lot has changed in 12 months. Today, after facing massive upheaval from the COVID-19 pandemic, state governments are using AI more than ever before to gain efficiencies and more quickly respond to increasing numbers of constituents who need vital services. To better understand the role and impact of AI during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond, NASCIO, IBM and the Center for Digital Government called on state CIOs – in the form of in-depth interviews – to discuss their strategies and plans. This session will review key findings from these interviews and highlight the innovative ways agencies are currently using AI, machine learning and robotic process automation.

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The Intersection of Workforce, Innovation and the Cloud – The Opportunities, Challenges and Lessons Learned

“Innovation and Transformation through Technology” has arrived on the list of State CIO Top 10 Priorities for 2020. “Cloud Services” continues to make a strong showing in the top three. We are in a new era when most people are working remote which requires new methods for communicating and leading. The current circumstances related to COVID19 bring with them unprecedented challenges that have given rise to rapid adoption of new ways to do work, new kinds of work, new skills, and new ways to manage and enable the state workforce. Learn how state CIOs are introducing new perspectives and initiatives to prepare for these changes that are ushering in a new state CIO operating model requiring new skills, knowledge and experiences. Learn how CIOs are purposeful in their communications and engagement with state employees in their organization in order to fulfill the changing mission of the state CIO.

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The Future State CIO: How the Role will Drive Innovation

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.


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State CIO Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities for 2020

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The 2019 State CIO Survey

In its 10th iteration, the 2019 State CIO Survey, The Responsive State CIO: Connecting to the Customer, takes a deep dive into how state IT leaders are targeting their responses to customer needs, in addition to managing the evolving IT responsibilities of state leaders. The survey is a joint publication of NASCIO, Grant Thornton LLP and CompTIA and includes responses from 49 state and territory CIOs on a range of issues. Two new topics for this year are customer relationship management and state and local collaboration. The 2019 State CIO Survey also highlights CIO business models, IT cost management, workforce, cybersecurity, performance management, acquisition, cloud services, digital government, data management and analytics and emerging technologies.


Achieving the Promise of Artificial Intelligence

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.


The State CIO Operating Model: A Playbook for Managing Change in a Sustainable Way

This is the fourth in our NASCIO series “The CIO Operating System:  Managing Change in a Sustainable Way.”  It is also the culmination of the work from NASCIO’s project team and a partnership with Integris Applied, Inc., a corporate member of NASCIO, that began in January of 2018.  This is a playbook of eleven plays that any state or territory can utilize in order to move into a new operating model.  This operating model creates a highly disciplined state CIO organization that proactively engages with state agencies, understands current and emerging program and citizen needs, as well as maintains market awareness of current and emerging trends and offerings.  Moving into and maturing this model is essential for each state and territory to effectively map capability demand with capability supply.

This report looks to the past in that it is the highlight and culmination of the first year of this special project, synthesizing all the previous work which includes three reports, a recorded webinar, a survey of state CIOs.    It looks to the future in that the plays will be further developed with necessary guidance on how to effectively execute these eleven plays.  The next big push in this project will be the development of the “DevOps” for the new multisourcing operating model.  This playbook then becomes the launching point for the future.  In many ways this report and the project that produced it is an inflexion point coincident with NASCIO’s 50th anniversary.  Much has been accomplished within the NASCIO community in the past 50 years.  And we celebrate all of that.  Then we look to the future and consider “what is possible?”  This playbook is the first step into that future.  So fasten your seat belts, and get ready for the next major phase.  Its going to be a wonderful ride!