Cost-effectiveness in technology represents responsible stewardship over taxpayer dollars as well as responsible and effective management of human resources. Over the years, as divisions developed their own methods of managing computer technology, the basic infrastructure for a unified Departmentwide computer system was overlooked. To unify these disparate systems, reduce duplication of effort, and stabilize the technical environment, the Department has initiated several strategies for improving the technological infrastructure.
IT Consolidation. This strategy employs the sharing and reuse of common, standards-based materials and programs that support the business of computer technology. An example of this strategy is using the same physical systems (networks, servers, and help desks).
Software Standardization. A preliminary inventory of software packages used across the Department revealed that more than 12,000 unique types of software had been loaded on computers. A major initiative is underway to streamline the amount and type of software loaded on employee machines. The standardization process ensures that security is not compromised and that all software is up to date.
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