State agencies spent $1.047 billion on information technology in FY 2011, down slightly from the previous fiscal year, according to the most recent State IT Annual Report from the Georgia Technology Authority.
The expenditures included:
- $187 million on IT infrastructure operations
- $185 million on IT projects
- $675 million on support for IT applications
The report provides information on many of these strategic enterprise investments and serves as a report card to state leaders, taxpayers, and other stakeholders.
The report's compilation of IT expenditures is the most comprehensive available, although it is not a complete accounting and the total amount spent on technology is actually higher. Not all state entities are required to report their IT expenditures, including the judicial branch and the University System of Georgia, but the percentage of required agencies that submitted data increased to 80 percent from 61 percent in FY 2010.
However, agency investments in technology are only one part of the report. It also outlines current and future technology challenges facing Georgia state government, and provides insights on strategic activities being considered and those under way. For example, improving service delivery through better online access is a common theme for agency IT efforts. In addition, agencies show significant interest in providing access through mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
The report assesses progress on current technology initiatives so stakeholders can monitor the steps being taken to transform the state's IT infrastructure and strengthen technology support for business operations. Improved business outcomes are highlighted to illustrate the critical difference technology is making to improve the delivery of services in state government.
The report contains seven sections:
- IT Current State
- Stakeholder Value
- Business and IT Integration
- IT Governance and Risk Management
- IT Financial Management
- IT Road Map
Reports from previous years are available on GTA's website.