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
Use open source software like Linux, Open Office, etc.
Publish government data as datasets for download. Software developers can build applications using the data (e.g. visualizations, reports, etc.) without the government having to spend money on software development or having to spend money to host applications. This is being done at the federal level. http://www.data.gov/ Example: Detailed imports and exports data for Washington State Example: Trip planner (county ...more »
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 »