Sacramento County has been consolidating and reorganizing its IT departments, which they announced will save the county $3.5 million annually.

“It was essential for our overall fiscal health and performance to carefully look at the County’s IT function and identify areas for restructuring,” said Brad Hudson, County Executive, in a press release.

Sacramento started major IT consolidations in 2011, when the Office of Communications and Information Technology and the Municipal Services’ Management and Information Systems were combined to create the Department of Technology.

Since then, there have also been consolidation of individual positions—17 IT positions from different departments were consolidated into DTech in Sept. 2012 and 168 positions in 2013.

“In addition to saving taxpayer dollars, bring the IT together will increase efficiencies in operations,” said David Villanueva, Chief Deputy County Executive. “It has already helped in adopting information technology standards that apply to the entire county and improve security practices.”

Other IT projects in Sacramento County offices since 2012 include a webportal for payroll records, upgrading the County phone system to VoIP and a system to reduce personal computer power consumption.