State Governments Need Room to Brainstorm

COLUMBUS, OHIO - A handful of states hope to create a venue in which their information technology organizations can exchange ideas and lessons learned, according to Richard Webb, chief information officer at North Carolina.

North Carolina, Washington and Kentucky, among others, are talking about building "communities of interest," for states that have similar challenges. "We are 50 different states with 50 different approaches to IT. Where do we have common interests?" Webb said.

North Carolina and Washington have had discussions about the idea, using video-teleconferencing technology, Webb said. IT managers from the two states also met face to face earlier this year at a NASIRE conference. "We found the states of Washington and North Carolina are very similar in our organization and some of the issues we face," he said.

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