Cities are spending money on IT — is it worth it?

Across the U.S., states are weighing the pros and cons of large-scale IT projects to benefit city processes.

To answer the question of whether IT is worth the cost, Temple University assistant professor Dr. Min-Seok Pang presented the IBIT Report, released last year from Fox School’s Institute for Business and Information Technology, at this month’s OpenAccessPHL meetup. The goal of the report is to help people understand the measurable benefits that IT can have amidst a ton of complex factors.

According to the IBIT Report, on average, a $1 increase in the budget for chief information officers (in our case, Deputy Secretary John MacMillan) leads to a $4.05 per capita decrease in city expenses and capital depreciations.

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