States Get Passing Grades for Digital Innovations

The results of the 2016 Digital States Survey revealed that all 50 states received passing grades for employing information and communication technology. There were no failing grades and more ‘As’ were awarded than in years past. More states are embracing technology to drive innovation, improve collaboration and ensure strategical goals and programs align with the priorities of the citizens they serve.

According to “How Digital is Your State?,” by Colin Wood, Noelle Knell, Elaine Pittman, Jessica Mulholland, Tod Newcombe, Eyragon Eidam, Ben Miller, Ryan McCauley, and Jason Shueh on, the Digital States Survey revealed more states are using information and communication technology (ICT). Governors and legislators are increasingly placing a high priority on ICT as the country continues to grow out of the most recent recession.

States receiving ‘A’ grades included Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Utah and Virginia, with trends focusing on “cybersecurity, shared services, cloud computing, IT staffing, budgeting and use of data.” Notable initiatives include a public safety program in Missouri, health and human services projects in Virginia, and innovative efforts in Utah that includes transportation projects, citizen engagement, transparency, and mobile and social media opportunities. One of Utah’s transportation projects includes an Automated Traffic Signal Performance Metrics program which monitors vehicles – whether they arrive on a green or red light, how they move in traffic, and resulting traffic flow. As a result, they have been able to reduce the number of stops at red lights. They are also sharing their software with other states, improving collaboration and citizen services in other areas.

As governmental agencies, and corresponding budgets, bounce back after the recession, technology appears to play a growing role in governmental operations. An enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution will support key governmental initiatives by providing an easy-to-use platform for capturing, monitoring and analyzing data. Agencies can manage financials, inventory and suppliers, projects and grant programs, human resources and payroll, and other core tasks within a comprehensive ERP solution. Leaders can use dashboards and other business intelligence features to monitor key metrics and budgets in real-time to ensure programs are on the right track and goals will be met.

Be a part of the digital revolution by replacing legacy systems with more modern solutions. Contact AKA Enterprise Solutions for guidance with choosing and deploying an ERP solution to drive innovation, streamline operations and improve relationships in the community you serve.

By AKA Enterprise Solutions, a Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP Partner for Public Sector

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