Stricter IT budgets are changing the way many state government CIOs are embracing new technology.

The 2010 State CIO survey - released by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, Grant Thornton and TechAmerica - round CIOs are searching for new products and services that will allow them to reduce expenses and improve efficiency.

Nearly 66 percent of surveyed CIOs said they expect to have lower IT budgets from 2011 to 2013, while only 13 percent said they expect an increase.

Many CIOs are exploring innovative IT channels such as cloud computing to achieve productivity while not tacking on additional costs.

Roughly half of the respondents said they currently outsource some of their IT infrastructure, and 40 percent said they outsource IT applications. These numbers are expected to increase, as 27 percent said they will expand the magnitude of their outsourcing, and another 19 percent intend on introducing off-site services and infrastructure for the first time.

Using cloud services has become a key solution for many companies battling to survive the recession. By adopting SaaS and IaaS, companies have been able to streamline their business operations and reduce their long-term energy and maintenance costs.ADNFCR-2553-ID-19913514-ADNFCR