Show-me state shows how to consolidate storage


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Future direction
Ross and Carter are looking ahead to the looming retirement of a number of veteran data center staff. Ross has gone so far as to set up an IT recruitment storefront on Second Life, the 3D virtual world. "I'm 58 years old and I never thought I'd have an avatar, but I do," says Ross, whose avatar, Second Life's slim, muscular male default avatar, along with avatars for other top IT executives, is busy recruiting technology people. They've already hired one techie and as the retirements start hitting, they'll be pounding the virtual pavements of Second Life and elsewhere for more hires.

By the end of summer 2008, a few of the agencies in the Missouri IT consolidation project had yet to be combined. With an election looming this month and Governor Blunt choosing not to run, the consolidation project will lose its biggest and most powerful champion. There's a possibility the new administration won't continue the consolidation or that some agencies may take it as an opportunity to bolt.

"But it will be hard to go back," says Carter. Ross, who has been reciting the mantra of budget savings and cost avoidance, expresses confidence that it won't be rolled back. Still, it's all politics, so anything can happen.

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This was first published in November 2008

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