Minnesota State Government Consolidates IT
Editor’s Note: State Government IT consolidation affects MnGeo and all state agency IT work. Read on for details.
Based on a law passed during the 2011 legislative session, the former Minnesota State Office of Enterprise Technology has been renamed and reorganized into a single, consolidated IT organization called MN.IT Services (pronounced “minute”).
The new agency incorporates all information technology services and resources for the executive branch, operating both centralized and agency-specific IT services. The change affects all State IT staff, including those involved in geospatial activities.
The new statute requires the consolidation of management of all IT systems, budgets, services and resources under MN.IT, which is a significant increase in the organization’s responsibilities. The expanded organization now encompasses over 2100 staff and a $400 million+ budget.
The consolidation effort is being led by Carolyn Parnell, the State Chief Information Officer, with wide participation and input from state employees and customers.
The Minnesota Geospatial Information Office formally migrated from the Department of Administration to MN.IT Services Central on July 1, 2012. No spatial move was associated with the transfer; the 15-person staff will remain in their offices in the Centennial Building on the Capitol complex.
Dan Ross, the State’s Chief Geospatial Information Officer, said he expects some of MnGeo’s services may change as a result of the consolidation. The MnGeo team along with its advisory councils and partner agencies will look at specific ways to reorganize services. This work will also involve resource modeling with agencies, working with them to plan the resources and skills needed to deliver the services. Ross noted that GIS may benefit from shared services and moving some of its work to the cloud. MnGeo’s 2009 strategic plan will also be updated and a new tactical plan created.
Agency IT Staff Transfer
Other agency-based IT staff are being administratively transferred in phases to MN.IT Services. Their primary responsibility will remain the same – to serve the business needs of the agency where they work – such as the departments of Natural Resources, Transportation or Public Safety.
For more information about the consolidation initiative, see these webpages: