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Technology reform saves Minnesotans $17.4 million

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Staff writer ▼ | December 6, 2013
A bipartisan effort to overhaul the state's information technology (IT) systems is paying off, according to new information released by Governor Mark Dayton and MN.IT Services, the state's IT agency.
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MinnesotaA bipartisan effort to overhaul the state's information technology (IT) systems is paying off, according to new information released by Governor Mark Dayton and MN.IT Services, the state's IT agency.


Since 2011, IT consolidation efforts within the Dayton Administration have saved Minnesotans an estimated $17.4 million by reducing waste, consolidating contracts, reforming administrative processes, and implementing new accountability measures. Governor Dayton praised the state's information technology workforce for those savings, and other IT innovations and reforms at a celebration recognizing the work of MN.IT employees across the administration.

"MN.IT's innovative work during the past two years has produced significant savings for Minnesota taxpayers. Their reforms are also delivering faster and more efficient services to our citizens. I thank Commissioner Parnell for her strong leadership and MN.IT's hard-working employees for their accomplishments," said Governor Dayton.

In 2011, Governor Dayton signed bipartisan legislation to consolidate the state's information technology systems, employees, and administration. As part of that ongoing consolidation, MN.IT Services established a statewide project management office to ensure greater accountability for the state's major technology investments and contracts.

In addition to increasing transparency, the reforms at MN.IT also are saving taxpayer dollars. The agency is now negotiating contracts on behalf of all state agencies, saving Minnesota more than $11 million on software and licensing contracts in 2012. These consolidation efforts are expected to save an additional $6.4 million by the end of 2013.

"These improvements represent only the tip of the iceberg. As IT consolidation efforts continue in the months and years ahead, we will certainly reinvest savings to further improve the IT capability and services provided by the State of Minnesota," said Carolyn Parnell, Commissioner of MN.IT Services and the state's chief information officer.


 

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