Highlighting Minnesota Government’s IT Innovations

St. Paul, Minnesota

St. Paul, Minnesota


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A new awards program in the Land of 10,000 Lakes selected these four winners.

The Minnesota State Retirement System’s relocation of its largest business application, the Aurora retirement benefit and accounting system, to the IBM cloud in 2016 saved the state more than $1.1 million and won the first Golden GOVIT award for innovation.

One of the largest uses of the cloud for a production system in Minnesota government, it achieved an estimated 60 percent cost reduction while improving service and security.

GTS Educational Events started the awards program this year in conjunction with 36th Annual Government IT Symposium, the Midwest’s biggest, held in St. Paul earlier this month. Awards were given out in three additional categories: service, collaboration and individual leadership.

The Minnesota Department of Education’s project partnering state agencies with local professionals to train teachers and students in sought-after GIS skills won the collaboration award.

MnSpin, Hennepin County Library’s online collection of local Minnesota music that’s free to stream and download, won the service award.

Jessica Parker, who serves as project and services director at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for MN.IT Services, won the individual leadership award for showing the business value of IT using metrics reporting.

Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor at Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.

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