State of IT to become annual project

By Elliott Richardson in Media News on
iTnews’ State of IT project which was released at the end of September is set to become an annual analysis of state government digital solutions.
Deputy editor of iTnews Justin Hendry led the project and tells Influencing that based on how the market has received this year’s edition, the outlet is looking to produce State of IT annually.
“While we’re still very much in the launch phase, based on the response to this year’s report so far we intend on turning it into an annual project that tracks the progress of governments over time,” he said.
The analysis of state government IT projects has garnered attention from NSW Minister for Digital, Victor Dominello, who publicised the state government being awarded a score of 13/14.
The 2021 State of IT edition was the first since 2014 with Hendry saying the industry has heavily changed since then, and it was time to seriously look at how governments are adapting.
“While iTnews covers day-to-day developments in government IT, just how states and territories have progressed over time has been missing from the conversation. 
“Back in 2014, we assessed the policy and attitudes towards IT across government to understand how they stack up, but things have changed significantly in the intervening years, particularly since Covid-19. And so, given the immense change, we decided to revitalise the report.”
Hendry adds that some smaller states and territories surprised with their results, while overall governments appeared to be much more willing to invest in digital programs.
“We were surprised by how well some of the smaller states and territories scored. Many punched well above their weight, despite having small populations and only limited budgets for IT. 
“Others have used the arrival of Covid-19 to accelerate their journey, with government leaders now more willing to invest in citizen-facing digital services.”

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