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Jul 1, 2014 2:30 PM by Dave Fields

State's IT offices now combined into one Office of Technology beginning today

Tuesday marks the start of the Louisiana's new Office of Technology Services (OTS), which will encompass all state Information Technology departments under one umbrella and will save taxpayers a reported $25 million.

The new agency begins the 2015 fiscal year with a centralized, fully operational technology team who provides all IT support services for executive cabinet agencies. The projected savings will occur, the Office of Administration reports, in the form of strategic allocation of staff expertise, financial resources, and IT systems.

"It just makes sense to have a centralized technology division," said Chief Information Officer Dickie Howze. "The consolidation allows us to better leverage our resources, share knowledge across state agencies, and improve service to our customers."

The new OTS combines the Office of Computing Services, the Office of Information Services and the Office of Information Technology in addition to the internal technology functions of other executive cabinet agencies, creating a single organization that manages the State's IT needs.

The state's Office of Telecommunications Management will be added into the fold later in 2014.



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