Legacy Systems and Business Modernization - 071-0550-17

Description of Agency

In 2008, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) identified the modernization of state IT legacy systems as a significant financial, technical, and programmatic challenge to states’ ability to deliver services to citizens and conduct day-to-day business. Legacy systems are the systems, technologies, and security architectures that use sunset, frozen, or unsupported technologies and architectures as defined by the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) policies and standards and the Enterprise Architecture (EA) Technology Roadmap. Legacy systems can pose a risk to State operations including a shortage of individuals with the skills to maintain legacy applications; systems that inadequately support business processes or require significant manual work arounds; systems that cannot be modified without significant technical complexity and cost; and systems that create security risks. In fiscal year 2013, the Legislature established the Information Technology Investment Fund (ITIF) to provide dedicated funding for Enterprisewide IT investment projects including the modernization of legacy systems and infrastructure. From fiscal years 2013 through 2016, DTMB had expended $203.5 million of the $219.5 million appropriated.

Audit Objectives

  1. To assess the effectiveness of DTMB’s efforts to optimize the maturity of the State’s IT investment management processes.

  2. To report on the status of the State’s legacy systems.


Estimated Release Date: September 2018

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