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Do You Have the Mettle to Be a State CIO?

With great authority comes great responsibility. Just ask Doug Robinson, who is the former Executive Director of the Kentucky Governor’s Office for Technology. Brian Taylor of Tech Repuplic has an interview with the state CIO about what it takes to make it beyond the private sector.

Working for the government comes with its own set of politics. In a private corporation, there’s one CEO and one bottom line. Working for the state isn’t so clear cut, and competing interests and governance issues are constantly bringing new challenges to the table.

However, state CIOs are looking at many new and exciting projects, mainly cross-jurisdictional collaboration. This means that information systems are now being shared between states, data is being backed-up in new locations, and some state and local governments are now sharing the same cloud.

It’s been said that change doesn’t come easily at the government level, but it is coming. Every state needs CIOs to facilitate these changes, and it’s an exciting and ever-evolving field for those that are up to the challenge. </span>

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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