Recently completed and ongoing projects throughout the country are saving state governments money and time, and increasing efficiency and information-sharing in ways that couldn't have been imagined even three years ago. And the ultimate customers--the state's citizen taxpayers--are seeing the difference.
The success of such projects is fueling the anticipated growth in state-government IT spending that--in light of how tight budgets are these days--are still projected to grow at least incrementally: Spending for state-government IT is expected to reach $32 billion this year, and will grow to nearly $34 billion by 2006, according to Fed Sources, a McLean, Va.-based market research firm. Expect more if there's a turnaround in the budget woes, experts say.
Following is an excerpt from 5 Outstanding State Solutions , in which we detail how one state teamed up with a proven value-added reseller and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 to find a better way to track down deadbeat dads.
The Challenge: Getting deadbeat dads (and the occasional MIA mom) to pay up