State governments will place major emphasis on data management, business intelligence, and information security in 2016, as the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has announced its Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities for the New Year.

NASCIO is celebrating 10 years of its survey of state information technology leaders on what they see as the most critical state CIO priorities for the coming year. Coming in at number one is security and risk management.

This is the third consecutive year that information security has been the number one topic on the minds of state CIOs. Cloud services and consolidation/optimization traded positions for second and third compared to the previous year. But coming on strong are worries about data analytics and business intelligence, which were selected as the fourth most important priority for 2016.

“It is not surprising that these three priorities continue to be a top priority among a majority of our states,” noted Darryl Ackley, NASCIO president and New Mexico chief information officer. “However, as we see data analytics and legacy modernization move up the list, you’re seeing a good illustration of how the responsibilities of the state CIO are expanding. Balancing innovation with legacy investments remains a challenge for our states.”

The complete top ten list includes:

1. Security and risk management

2. Cloud services

3. Consolidation/optimization

4. Business intelligence/data analytics

5. Legacy modernization

6. Enterprise vision and roadmap for IT

7. Budget and cost control

8. Human resource/talent management

9. Agile and incremental software delivery

10. Disaster recovery/business continuity

“An interesting facet of the 2016 state CIO voting is the profile of the respondents,” stated NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson. “This year there are 19 new CIOs that participated in this annual ranking of state priorities for the first time. We can see they are seeking innovative ways to attract and retain talent with state IT workforce appearing on the list again in 2016. However, even more interesting, is the appearance of enterprise vision and roadmap for IT for the first time in our 10 years of tracking these priorities.”

NASCIO uses the annual list of priorities to develop strategic areas of focus for the coming year, formulate new committees and working groups, and plan NASCIO conference sessions and publications, Robinson noted.

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