The Perfect Storm: The State of Kansas Moves Its HR and Finance Systems to the Cloud

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NASCA, Public Sector, Innovation, Shared Services, Optimized Enterprise, Consolidation, Cloud Migration, Information Technology, Leading Change, Culture Change, Change Management

Learning Objective

This case study explores leadership challenges pacing change, migrating operating systems to the cloud, managing personnel concerns, building capacity, developing effective partnerships, and sustaining innovations.


In 2014, the State of Kansas faced a perfect storm of aging infrastructure, budget constraints and challenges with recruiting and retaining technical resources. This case study examines how Kansas responded and became the first state to host Statewide Oracle/PeopleSoft Human Capital Management and Financial applications in a private managed cloud. It reflects on their approach to upgrading these systems in a timely and cost-efficient manner by creating a cross-departmental team and partnering with a third-party vendor. In addition, it examines how Kansas maintained momentum during gubernatorial change, including the succession by the Lieutenant Governor when Governor Brownback was confirmed as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, and preparations for another election in November.

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