Demonstrating the Value of IT for Government Executives

Article by Dean Iacovelli originally posted on Public CIO

“In government, as in life, there are cuts that injure and cuts that heal. As they continue to slog through the wreckage of the Great Recession, state and local leaders have a challenge to be surgeons rather than hacks and make this era of crisis into a season of fresh starts.” — Time magazine, June 17, 2010

With the November 2010 U.S. election still fresh in our minds, and with a host of newly elected officials (and newly appointed CIOs) preparing to make their mark on civic life, now seemed an opportune time to examine the relationship between these two groups more closely. More specifically, in the midst of the Great Recession described in the Time magazine quote above, how does a new CIO articulate and demonstrate IT’s value to his or her administration’s overall political agenda and guide government leaders toward the aforementioned “cuts that heal?”

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