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STAR Project

The State Transforming Agency Resources (STAR) Project will connect the State’s 120+ IT software and systems into one comprehensive system. This is more efficient and cost-effective than having each agency purchase, maintain and support its own administrative systems.   More Info....


More Resources for You

The STAR Project will give employees modern, professional tools to support the important work you do for the citizens of our state.  More Info....


Future Risks

The State’s IT systems have been neglected for far too long and will no longer be able to be supported in the near future.  More Info....


Other States

Many other states have successfully implemented a statewide enterprise resource planning initiative.  More Info...



Current Systems

The outdated systems have an impact on the State’s ability to do business.  The 2005 analysis performed by STA listed factors that are still relevant today:

  • The State currently has no enterprise-wide procurement, asset management, or human resources systems in place.  Therefore, the State does not have the ability to track the entities that purchase goods and services from State contracts.

  • Aging and obsolete systems are difficult to modify to meet business needs.  This also exposes the State to the increased challenge in hiring and retaining staff with appropriate knowledge of those systems.

  • The current systems do not meet agency business needs, making the State’s business processes less efficient and effective.  STA said that “agencies continue to spend significant amounts of money on systems with functionality that is contained in ERP systems – money that could be spent toward the implementation of a single, statewide ERP system.  For example, DHFS [now DHS] and DOC spend approximately $1 million per year to maintain and support their shared Fiscal Management System.”

 Below is a snapshot of the State’s current systems:

Accounting/Financial Systems


  • Implemented in 1993
  • No longer supported by vendor

Fiscal Management System

  • Implemented in 1980’s

  • Modified to an extent where the warranty was dropped

DOT has home grown system

Asset Management

  • No state-wide system in place


  • State’s procurement system was not compliant with Y2K

  • System turned off in 1999 and never replaced



  • WisPer and WisPay are COBOL systems implemented in mid-1980’s

 Human Resources

  • No state-wide system in place other than for job announcements

  • PMIS – Position budgeting system implemented in late 1970’s


  • 1960’s system being replaced by a modern system using Dynamics CRM/Microsoft SharePoint

  • New system not integrated with the financial, position budgeting or payroll systems