The cuts are part of the 2014 proposed general operating budget and the city's Information Technology strategic plan.
The plan calls for outsourcing work in the city's data center, data administration and help desk, said
Palmer presented the 2014 proposed IT budget to
In 2014, the IT budget will increase by
The outsourcing will pare the IT department from 61 to 52 employees. The move was motivated by an aging city data center, Palmer said. The city spent
Outsourcing data centers is a trend in city governments and private business that are putting data into cloud and web storage instead of keeping the information in city-owned rows of computers, Palmer said. The IT department was down nine employees this year over last year because vacant positions were not filled. The result was long waits for city employees who called the help desk, Palmer said. He said city employees will be better served by an outside help desk.
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