Budget constraints are pressuring jurisdictions to find ways to lower their operating expenses. Consolidating systems and processes is an effective approach to cutting costs and enhancing services. Although consolidation offers numerous benefits, it can also present challenges. Concerns about consolidation and new technologies can cloud perceptions and slow the opportunity for organizations to advance. Governance, funding, and control of the consolidated body can many times prevent adoption. But experience has shown that agencies with consolidated operations have greater access to federal and state grant funding.
Sciens collaborates with agencies to assess their current environments, examine the real value of any consolidation to each of the jurisdictions, and make recommendations based on information – not perception. Our consolidation plans include a budget, technology recommendation and timeline. More importantly, we support efforts to build a consensus for change.