State of Arizona Taps IBM Cloud to Strengthen Constituent Services

      State of Arizona Taps IBM Cloud to Strengthen Constituent Services

Cloud managed services on IBM Z will help officials execute statewide IT
strategy and manage operational costs

PR Newswire

ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 10, 2017

ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced
that the State of Arizona has turned to IBM Cloud to help manage its daily
mainframe operational consumption. Cloud managed services on IBM Z will
provide State of Arizona agencies the agility to carry out some of Arizona's
most critical IT operations including mainframe services and disaster recovery

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As part of this new agreement, cloud managed services will be implemented by
the State of Arizona's shared technology services organization, Arizona
Strategic Enterprise Technology (ASET), to develop and execute the statewide
information technology strategy and to offer capabilities, services, and
infrastructure to additional State agencies. ASET is responsible for running a
centralized group for monitoring and overseeing high-risk technology projects
across State agencies that choose to utilize these services.

IBM's unique ability in the market to offer trusted, effective, and scalable
IBM Cloud capabilities met the State's strict security requirements across its
various agencies and institutions. ASET will operate the cloud managed
services environment and provide mainframe services to multiple customers.

"This agreement gives our customers a new level of flexibility and
accessibility to help deliver services more efficiently to Arizonans," said
Morgan Reed, State of Arizona Chief Information Officer. "Additionally, the
State's move to a managed service model, where we only pay for what we use,
reduces our capital and risk and ensures long-term continuity of operations."

These new cloud managed services will help move the State of Arizona from a
fixed cost to a variable cost model across agencies and help its agencies
improve several critical processing challenges, including citizen health
benefits, public safety applications, and tax returns. In addition, the State
of Arizona will be able to scale computing storage capacity as needed, and
implement disaster recovery services.

"Delivering our IBM Cloud capabilities to the State of Arizona will help many
of its agencies transform their computing capacity and execute their IT
strategy more securely and efficiently than ever before," says Philip Guido,
General Manager of IBM Infrastructure Services. "We believe this can serve as
a model for other states to take advantage of the trusted history of the IBM
mainframe to improve the everyday lives of their citizens."

To learn more about Cloud Managed Services on IBM Z, visit

About IBM Global Technology Services
IBM Global Technology Services offers end-to-end IT consulting and business
services supported by an unparalleled global delivery network that is
transforming its business to lead in an era of Cognitive and Cloud. As a cloud
services integrator, GTS is managing the services and underlying
infrastructure in an integrated and unified way. It is modernizing clients' IT
environments to help them meet the increasingly complex customer demands. GTS
provides clients with innovative technology solutions that help them to
improve their business processes and in turn, profitability.

Media Contact
Conor Golden
IBM Media Relations

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