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Data Center and Disaster Recovery Services Consolidation
The cost of the data center and disaster recovery services consolidation has
been greater than expected. For fiscal year 2008, the Texas Department of
Information Resources' (DIR) original estimate of TDLR's cost was $ I 63,630.
Fiscal year 2008 billings through March, only the seventh month of the fiscal
year, indicate that the actual cost will be at least 1.5 times the projected
cost. Billings to date from DIR for the consolidation have been based on
outdated and incorrect information. Each invoice has been carefully analyzed
and disputed with corrected amounts forwarded to DIR. This continued lack
of current information about project costs will make projections for the 2010
and 201 I Legislative Appropriation Request difficult. This consolidation has
also required a greater commitment of time from agency staff than originally
planned. In addition to the in-scope contract costs, the agency will incur
significantly increased costs for network bandwidth, a direct result of the data
center services consolidation.
Future Needs and Lessons Learned
The Texas Legislature continues to assess and consider other licenses and
regulatory duties that may be viable candidates for consolidation or transfer
to increase efficiency and achieve cost savings. Because TDLR has established
a successful record of undertaking such programs, the agency may continue
to see additional growth in the upcoming session. TDLR will work closely
with the Legislature to ensure that the lessons learned from previous sessions
are applied to new programs and program transfers. These lessons include
evaluating and providing the necessary resources to address:
" cost of office space;
" cost of data processing with data center consolidation;
" need to increase the out-of-state travel cap;
" retention of skilled staff (workforce initiatives);
" cost and time of database conversions; and
" liabilities such as outstanding court cases or unpaid expenditures
from consolidated agencies.
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