The Public Sector plays an important part in the lives of communities — whether it be funding programs or running programs that make a difference in people’s lives. Keeping track of everything can be difficult, especially when technology is outdated and no longer serves the purpose your organization needs.
Like many agencies, Public Sector agencies can benefit from modernizing their technology. Since the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act, which allocates funds for agencies to update their systems, a push for IT Modernization has become a focus for several agencies.
- 75% of IT spending in 2016 was allocated to upkeep for legacy systems. Agencies are spending money on obsolete systems. (source)
- Automating your agency’s routine tasks can lead to freeing up 266 million working hours and saving $9.6 billion each year. A full update of an agency’s IT system could give back 1.1 billion working hours per year, with a potential savings of $37 billion. (source)
- Automating routine tasks could also free as much as 30% of the government workforce over the next decade. (source)
- Few believe that automating tasks would lead to workforce reduction, but instead, it will free staff to focus on projects that will make a bigger impact on the community they serve. (source)
- Modernizing your systems also protects you from hacking threats, saving you thousands of dollars. A HIPPA violation can cost a single agency a maximum of $1.5 million annually. (source)
- 96 agencies recently had their systems assessed, and it was found that 74% were either “At Risk” or “High Risk” meaning that immediate improvements were crucial. (source)
- The state of Louisiana, after their IT system overhaul, began renewing children’s eligibility or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) using data from other agencies, and 95.4% of children were found to still be eligible, and less than 1% lost coverage due to procedural reasons, as opposed to the national average of 29% of children losing coverage during renewals. (source)
Based on the data, it’s surprising that so many agencies haven’t taken steps to modernize their IT systems. From saving time to spend making an impact within the community to protecting their system from hacking attempts, there are many reasons to consider upgrading to a new software. To get a better understanding of how software can help, click here to learn about some of the options available.