The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is shedding most of its data centers as it turns to a cloud provider for infrastructure services. And thanks to that initiative, Tony Encinias, CIO of the Governor's Office of Administration, expects to cut costs while delivering better services.
"Our constituents want mobility and ease, and they expect more today -- whether it's to get a license, apply for benefits or get information. So we need to be in a position to accommodate that in a more flexible fashion," he says.
Encinias, 48, says his department plans to close seven data centers as it switches to the cloud service over 30 months. He expects savings of about $200 million over the next 10 years.
In addition, Encinias has other initiatives aimed at simultaneously driving down costs and improving services. Those projects range from developing more mobile apps to examining whether to outsource the enterprise portal platform and implementing a next-generation telecommunications system.
"I really look to work with the business units and our vendor partners to make sure we're doing IT that really benefits the business in the best way it can," he says, noting that he regularly communicates that approach to the agency CIOs reporting to him.
Encinias' strategic plan is "visionary," says Kelly Powell Logan, secretary of the Governor's Office of Administration. "Many in government have the tendency to say, 'We've always done this this way,'" she says. "But Tony takes a fresh approach and asks based on his experience, 'How can we do this better and save significant dollars?'"