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Brevard County's IT Capital Budget Covers Laptops, Consulting and More

Most of the county’s IT capital funding will go toward purchasing new tech, including NetApp disk shelf flash, laptops, a hybrid phone system, satellite receivers and tuner controllers.

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Brevard County, home to 16 municipalities as well as the Kennedy Space Center and Patrick Space Force Base, has allocated $1.2 million for IT in its fiscal year 2023-2024 operating and capital budget.

According to budget documents, recent IT improvements carried out by the county include:
  • Implementing multifactor authentication to increase security 
  • Updating and streamlining standard computer configurations within Dell for more efficient purchasing 
  • Migrating utility services networks to provide more bandwidth at a lower cost 
  • Migrating SAP servers from the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to the Moore Justice Center for increased performance and to aid in further SAP-required upgrades 
  • Developing a public-facing application for public works to track project milestones 

Meanwhile, current tech-related initiatives include:
  • Planning, procuring and installing a new county data center in the new EOC 
  • Continuing SAP upgrades by performing prerequisites for S4 migration 
  • Implementing countywide mandatory security training 
  • Upgrading Office 2019 to Office 365 countywide 
  • Completing a library firewall implementation 

As for future technology purchases, the county’s budget lists the following:
  • $750,000 for SAP HANA upgrade consulting 
  • $300,000 for SAP upgrade consulting 
  • $100,000 for NetApp disk shelf flash 
  • $16,000 for 16 Dell laptops 
  • $10,000 for satellite receivers and tuner controllers 
  • $2,000 for a hybrid phone system 

The IT department's total adopted budget for the fiscal year is $8.6 million. More information about the county’s operating and capital budget can be found online.
Katya Diaz is an Orlando-based e.Republic staff writer. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in global strategic communications from Florida International University.