The state IT departments should widely support open source products especially during a time like this – Hire competent IT specialist that can support/maintain open source based operating systems , and office productivity solutions. Start saving annual software licensing and maintenance costs; which are generally a large chunk of most agencies operating budget. Most LARGE corporations use Open Source solutions to dramatically ...more »
Currently Washington State is spending a small fortune on non-essential IT upgrades. Instead of running the latest and greatest what vendors might offer, maybe instead of 3 years running a PC .. keep it for 5 years. Instead of the latest Office...keep Office 2003. For 65,000 users an email server upgrade runs in the several millions.
Look at consolidating IT systems amongst the various departments. Reduce the number of systems and applications. Leverage proven solutions to improve operational efficiency and identify projects with timely ROI