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Kentucky’s Approach to Modernizing State Agency Apps


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Service delivery is the focus of CIO Chuck Grindle’s second year at the IT helm.

The Commonwealth Office of Technology is looking at rejuvenating some of Kentucky state government’s older applications, having spent the past year consolidating IT infrastructure.

COT charges other agencies rather than receive a budget, but the Kentucky Finance & Administration Cabinet worked with the state legislature to secure $10 million a year in seed money for the next two years to optimize enterprise services.

Single sign-on, identity management and better service delivery platforms will all be explored, Chief Information Officer Chuck Grindle, who’s been on the job a year, told Route Fifty.

Grindle’s team is currently going agency to agency and asking their struggles before deciding which apps to modernize.

“Once we get to a point where we can do a one-for-one tradeoff dollar for dollar, plus the integration cost, we then can do an implementation,” Grindle said.

By proving COT can tend to the state’s IT infrastructure and adding talent to his team, Grindle hopes to build agency trust in their work.

At the same time, COT is working with commercial entities on delivering fifth-generation wireless service where financially viable—densely populated areas to start.

“Evaluating those densely populated areas that may be underserved right now is a principle focus working with our partners,” Grindle said. “And then being able to see if we can extend that out to some of the rural areas and then what is the trade off.”

Watch Route Fifty’s complete interview with Grindle at the National Association of State CIOs 2018 annual conference in San Diego below.

Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor at Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.

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