The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), released a new guide May 14 on the topic of “multisourcing.” NASCIO describes the guide, which it developed in partnership with Integris Applied Marketing, as a “playbook” that can be used by any state, local, or tribal government to “design a path towards a modern multi-supplier delivery model that supports the demands and forces placed on the state CIO.”

“While each state and territory has its own unique governance structures and political circumstances, all state CIOs have a common and collective obligation to deliver intuitive, intelligent and elegant digital services to citizens,” said NASCIO President and Delaware CIO James Collins. “It is imperative that we foster a culture and service delivery models that enable digital government that is accessible any time, from anywhere and on any device.”

The guide was created by interviewing state CIOs, as well as a survey answered by 48 states. NASCIO said the guide “synthesizes a multi-year effort which includes three reports and a recorded webinar,” and provides a “modernized operating model.”

“The role of the CIO has been changing for years,” said Patrick Moore, Integris Applied Managing director and former state of Georgia CIO said. “Leadership, empathy and the ability to articulate a vision are more important qualities than understanding the ins and outs of a data center. This ‘Playbook’ is intended to help governors, legislatures, and CIOs understand the state CIO’s evolving role and the critical role the CIO occupies in any government enterprise.”

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