Staff Study on the Cost of New York State's Information Technology Resources

At the time of our study, New York State government used 60 mainframe computers, 180 minicomputers and more than 25,000 microcomputers. We tried to determine the total cost of using these information technology resources and found that there was no practical or cost-effective way to make such a determination. We believe that, with accurate cost information, State policymakers could better assess the need for central policies addressing the management of information technology. While at least 29 other states had central policies of this kind, New York State did not. We recommended that a task force be established to consider such policies and to develop a system for accounting for information technology costs. 94-D-20