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Dennis Noone

Dennis Noone is Managing Editor of Techwire. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in the Northern California foothills.

“Judy has extensive industry experience, having delivered two of the largest cannabis solutions built on Accela. Her passion and commitment to customer satisfaction will drive revenue growth and help to further increase our footprint in the state and local government market,” said Jonna Ward, chairman and CEO of VIP.
The delta county’s new CIO, Mark Thomas, succeeds two award-winning predecessors. San Joaquin has a newly implemented three-year innovation plan in place and contracts with a barge company to house its disaster recovery and backup operations on a floating data center in the Port of Stockton.
Officials from the California Department of Technology and the Department of General Services shared the latest on current and upcoming IT and innovation projects at the CDT Vendor Forum.
“It’s amazing that we’ve been able to pivot so quickly, and as they say in local government, ‘Never waste a crisis,’” said Dr. Peter Pirnejad. “So here we are, and we’re starting to reopen. We’re starting to see an opportunity here.”
The departments with key recruitments include the California Department of Technology, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Office of Systems Integration and Covered California.
“I’m very excited to be part of the Zscaler family!” Jan Wong said. “I was very fortunate to have offers from many great companies. ... I chose Zscaler because they are uniquely positioned to help organizations with the challenges of a perimeter-less world.”
The chief “will serve as an enterprise-wide liaison with management and direct a matrix organization of technical and business subject matter experts to develop and lead engineering efforts for all enterprise IT initiatives,” the job posting says.
“Zscaler’s Public Sector team is growing very fast, and we’re thrilled to have Avery join as our new SLED Sales Leader for the West,” said Ian Milligan-Pate, Zscaler’s regional vice president of sales.
The agencies seeking candidates handle taxes, health care, employment and housing, and motor vehicles.
While hosting the 2028 Olympics is the overall theme, the thrust of this strategic report is more immediate in terms of how vendors can work with the city in such areas as data analysis, data sharing, fiber optics and platform coordination.
The department is seeking a chief information officer to oversee all aspects of technology, from policy to procurement.
The California Cybersecurity Industry Workgroup is collaborating with academia, state government and industry to broaden California students’ exposure to cybersecurity as a career path.
“For me, this move is very exciting on two fronts,” Teri Bennett told Techwire. “It enables me to leverage my many years of public- and private-sector expertise, experiences, and relationships for the good of our clients, and I get to work with a powerhouse team!”
“In effect, the smart city manager combines classic strategic planning with program management,” the city’s recruitment states. The initial application review process begins July 19.
“Having very proudly served CDCR for the last 3.5 years, I am delighted to join EY in Technology Consulting, focused on supporting California government agencies in finance, operations, and technology transformation,” Donald Page told Techwire.
"Alignment with our partners, alliance partners and marketing team to help amplify our customers' success stories is critical to our success, and Pure brings a tremendous amount of talented resources to support this mission,” Mike Wiseman told Techwire.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Kristin Montgomery director of Enterprise Information Systems for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a role in which she’ll also be the agency’s chief information officer.
“We’re really excited about the work we’re doing and have on deck, some of which has been called out in the governor’s budget, such as simplifying payments for Californians accessing state services and digitizing processes to make programs more equitable for Californians and efficient for state staff,” said Udaya Patnaik, director of the Office of Digital Innovation.
State Chief Information Officer Amy Tong will also speak at this month’s event about tech-related legislation and the California Department of Technology’s move to the Ziggurat building in West Sacramento.
“When selecting an organization to work with, I put values and commitment to customers at the top of my list of ‘must-haves,’” Lisa Buschmann told Techwire. “The people at Informatica live these values and commitment every day; in fact, ‘Think Customer First’ is one of our core values.”
The Department of Health Care Services has also scheduled a webinar for vendors interested in potentially providing managed health-care services to beneficiaries of Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program.
Kristin “Chach” Sikes has a deep background in engineering, development and architecture. She lives in the Los Angeles area.
Elijah Owen has an extensive background in cybersecurity and intelligence, having served as an intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2014. He’s also worked on and led numerous state and federal task forces in those areas, as well as in emergency management and recovery.
The newly appointed state chief technology officer opens up with Techwire about leadership, public service, her black belt in karate, and how she balances being a mentor with being a lifelong learner.
“Transformation and modernization are hard, however when you get it right, public sector can do really amazing and impactful things,” Lee told Techwire. “I am really excited to help my customers deliver better services through modern applications.”
“We are so excited Eric joined our organization at NetApp,” said Ross Shapiro, NetApp’s division manager for state, local and education in 10 Western states. “His extensive experience, deep relationships, ability to deliver citizen value, along with his technical acumen, will serve our communities immensely.”
The state agencies with key openings include those covering technology, utilities and transportation.
After the shift to remote work last spring due to the COVID pandemic, California state agencies are adapting — and will continue to do so, thanks to technology, said state Deputy Chief Information Officer Russ Nichols.
“I’m a people person, so I still look for the opportunity to be able to meet with industry leaders in person. I am looking forward to that. I’m sure the vendor community is looking forward to that,” said Liana Bailey-Crimmins, state CTO and chief of the Office of Technology Services.
The senior project manager is “an expert-level adviser” and a critical part of the Portfolio Management team, directing the most critical and complex projects and demonstrating “the highest level of expertise available in state service, working to support the systems and services of the IT project management domain.”