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Savings from State Agency IT Collaboration hits $129 Million Mark
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma state agencies are realizing an ever increasing amount of savings from Oklahoma government's ongoing information technology unification reform.
On Wednesday, Oklahoma Chief Information Officer Bo Reese told the House Government Modernization Committee that the reform has saved $129 million – a significant increase over the $115 million Reese testified to last fall during a House Appropriations & Budget Committee study.
"Today's testimony demonstrates that savings to the taxpayer are rapidly accelerating as more and more state agencies continue to come together and pool their IT resources for the betterment of all state government," explained committee Vice Chairman Tom Gann, R-Inola.
Reese attributed much of the most recent savings to the recent involvement of the Department of Human Services (DHS) in the unification effort.
In recent months DHS has consolidated their 8,200 square feet of data center space and 55 separate IT systems into just 100 square feet of data center space at the state's shared data center. The old DHS data center space is now available to use for office space allowing the department to give up leased office space.
"DHS provides an exemplary example of a state agency that has been willing to put aside the antiquated culture of resistance to reform and shared services with other agencies." stated committee Chairman Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie. "The millions in savings will continue to occur year after year because of the commitment of DHS and the commitment of the other civic, reform-minded state agencies who are now working together."
Reese told committee members that the multi-year IT unification plan is nearing completion and is expected to reach completion by the end of the current fiscal year.