May 28, 2015 Leave a comment
There’s been a lot of talk lately among state government CIOs around the impending “silver tsunami,” with CIOs expecting as much as one third of their workforce to reach retirement eligibility by 2020. To make matters worse, many CIOs are struggling to recruit, retain, and incentivize the next generation workforce, the so-called “millennials.” A combination of mass retirements and unsuccessful recruiting efforts will undoubtedly leave a large workforce gap in state’s IT ranks and a significant problem for the states at large.
One of the main functions of state IT workforces is to support and maintain the large, aging infrastructure operating in most states. As this “silver tsunami” hits, the states will largely be without the knowledge, expertise, experience, and manpower necessary to operate and maintain their IT systems that keep states up and running. The question of how to keep their infrastructures and systems running is something the states are going to have to grapple with in the near future.