Tribpedia: Data Consolidation

The state's seven-year, $863 million contract with IBM Corp. to merge the data operations of dozens of state agencies has been troubled from the beginning.

A series of server crashes in the Texas Attorney General's Office jeopardized Medicaid fraud cases, and revealed serious problems in IBM's ability to back up state data. Agencies repeatedly complained of outages and ...

Perry shakes hands after a speech in the Texas House.
Perry shakes hands after a speech in the Texas House.

State technology chief resigns

The executive director of the state's data and information technology agency stepped down last month. Brian Rawson, who spent the last three years overseeing the state's data consolidation and telecommunications efforts for the Department of Information Resources, will run "statewide data initiatives" for the Texas Education Agency.