“We are in the midst of a digital revolution. Technology has made
us more efficient, more informed and better connected,” Governor
Rauner said. “The Department of Innovation and Technology will
modernize our aging technology systems and lead to better, quicker
and more efficient service for taxpayers. This technology
transformation is critical to enhancing our competitiveness.”
Executive Order 16-01 will create a strategic, statewide technology
plan to accelerate Illinois’ modernization. All information
technology decisions and spending will be centralized and
consolidated under this new agency. DoIT will develop statewide IT
solutions that take a 360-degree view of a resident or business.
This will allow the state to use data to provide more tailored
services while reducing inefficiencies and costs to taxpayers.
While there has been some consolidation of IT services under CMS,
each agency was left in charge of developing its own technology
solutions. That created a patchwork of systems that were often
redundant, not interoperable and vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Currently, agencies often cannot share data easily to identify
waste, save taxpayer money, and more efficiently serve businesses
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“Centralizing Illinois’ information technology systems will allow us to make
more strategic decisions to improve service for residents and businesses,”
Hardik Bhatt, Illinois Chief Information Officer said. “DoIT will be focused on
helping each state agency leverage technology solutions to provide the best
service for Illinois constituents.”
Twenty nine other states, the City of Chicago and much of the private sector
consolidate technology functions into central departments. This new agency will
be led by state CIO, Hardik Bhatt.
[Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner]