The state now takes an enterprise approach to issues such as security, budget management and governance, Miller added.
For example, now that it has moved about half of its data centers into a new, central facility, the state is saving about $1 million a year on utility costs, Miller said.
Denver’s consolidation journey dates back to 2005, when an executive order created the Technology Services department, charged with providing IT and telecommunications services to the city and county of Denver.
Although some departments still employ staff to maintain specialized legacy applications, Technology Services manages most of the city’s IT infrastructure and applications.
Part of the focus now is on standardizing business applications and moving into the cloud.
While dedicating themselves to specific organizations, those ITS employees also can spot opportunities for agencies with similar needs to work together, said Miller.