Government Computer News takes a look at California's new Technology Services Dept., created a month ago to streamline datacenters and IT operations. The first step is the consolidation of the Stephen P. Teale and Health and Human Services data centers with the General Services Department’s Network Services Office. GCN quotes Bob Austin, acting director of the department: "We want this new department to be the foundation for supporting the infrastructure of California.
“We are going to try to instill in this new department a culture as a service provider. DTS is not a control agency, but a service provider,” said CIO Clark Kelso. A key advantage will be in software purchasing. “We are exploring [software purchasing] right now with specific companies, so that we buy as a state instead of each department purchasing separately,” Austin said.
California also announced the first of a series of consolidated purchasing initiatives that might eventually encompass servers, software licenses and maintenance agreements, said Kelso. “Industry is going to see a more sophisticated buyer of IT goods and services,” he said.