Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Invest in state's computer systems


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Invest in state’s computer systems:

The high-tech expert hired by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to upgrade the state’s aging computer and technology systems received a national award for extraordinary achievement last month, so Hawaii’s “F” in a national rating of how states provide online access illustrates the complexity of the problem. The Legislature’s proposed reduction of the upgrade’s budget would be a significant blow that should be avoided.

Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, the state’s chief information officer of management and technology, asked for $29.7 million in each of the next two fiscal years to proceed with an ambitious improvement of the technology infra- structure and avoid “catastrophic and irretrievable loss of data and information.”

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