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Dennis Noone

Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. 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 Northern California.

“As a founder of Innovia Consulting LLC, I am excited to pursue projects directly with the state as well as team with larger consulting firms as a trusted small-business partner,” Scott Cleland told Industry Insider — California. “We are actively working on several proposals and are looking forward to growing our current client base.”
New capabilities to find and fix process inefficiencies will extend Pega’s AI-powered decisioning and workflow automation capabilities.
“One thing that struck me, as I talk to the team and meet everyone, there are a lot of team members that have been part of CDCR for many years, which I think speaks to the level of commitment of the organization’s leadership and support for the team,” Richard Gillespie told Industry Insider — California.
“I believe Databricks has an incredible opportunity to change the way state and local governments and higher-ed institutions manage their data and improve outcomes through data-driven decisions,” Cameron Kahn told Industry Insider — California.
Eric Rosburg said he chose Alation “because I recognized the importance of breaking down data silos and allowing the folks to start to build a data culture that’s going beyond a mission statement.” The company’s clientele includes government.
The five top buys of the California Department of Social Services in the first quarter of 2022 were for workstations, laptops, tablets, consulting and licensing.
The University of California’s vice president for technology and chief information officer, Van Williams, is seeking input from the university’s technology community on a systemwide assessment that began last month.
“The new CIO should have a big-picture perspective and, therefore, must be able to create and implement a business model that collaboratively builds the properly balanced structure that positions the county in a way to leverage technology to meet the needs of its citizens; understand the ‘art of the possible,’ and build a technology community that extends beyond the IT Department,” the recruitment notice says.
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is seeking a “proven leader” to oversee a technology team of 600 and an IT budget of $100 million. The chief information officer position has been vacant since last month.
Jeffrey Aguilar is the county’s new chief information security officer. He is a veteran information security professional, having worked in both county government as well as the private sector.
Entities seeking candidates for leadership roles include the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the Employment Development Department, and the Office of Digital Innovation.
The document spells out the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s limitations with its current technology and urges more enterprisewide solutions. It contains specific recommendations on vendor relations and workforce development.
Proposals must be under $1 million, and the solution must have or provide the ability to detect and prevent known and unknown advanced threats and to identify both internal and external threats in real time.
“Participants will be able to attend all or the majority of the academy virtually,” said Brenda Bridges Cruz, deputy director for the Office of Professional Development. “This enables us to extend training opportunities to public-sector personnel across the state.”
The state employees’ retirement system is “seeking a dynamic, innovative leader” for the technology that runs the nation’s largest public pension fund. The position allows for partial remote work and includes a possible incentive award of up to 15 percent of annual salary.
“I can't be more excited to have Allan joining our Tanium SLED Leadership team,” said Jennifer Axt, Tanium's vice president for U.S. SLED. “This rocket ship is taking off!”
Joy Bonaguro, an award-winning technology executive with experience in the private and public sectors, will discuss her role and the importance of data in the state’s governance.
“I am beyond excited to work for a company with such a large product and services portfolio, that is truly passionate about partnering with customers on their journey with technology,” Alyssa Beltramo told Techwire.
One entity is recruiting for a senior vice president of policy. Other open roles include assistant chief security officer and data architect.
“The incumbent oversees one of the most complex infrastructures in the state and has full management responsibility for policies, standards, processes, procedures for the analysis, design, implementation, maintenance and operation” of Caltrans’ IT infrastructure, the job posting says.
“Congratulations to Michael Santini for taking on the sales leadership role for all SLED in the West,” said Jeff Phillips, Yubico’s vice president for public sector. “He is a great asset and leader toward Yubico’s serving the state of California.”
The governor’s order notes the technology industry’s role in the initiative through use of the Request for Innovative Ideas framework, under which the state fast-tracks the iteration of solutions.
Patrick Dennis told attendees at a recent Techwire Member Briefing that his department is focused on data as a way to operate more efficiently while enhancing public access to the state’s 279 park properties.
The California Department of Technology is seeking contractors qualified to repair and install telecom cable at Office of Technology facilities, including the data center in Rancho Cordova. The deadline for vendors to submit bids is May 19.
The incumbent participates in making policy decisions and represents the office at budget hearings, chief deputy directors’ meetings at the California State Transportation Agency and at other high-level meetings, as required.
“Vernon not only brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the public sector, but also an extensive network and years of strategic relationships that he’s built and maintained over his tenure,” Peter Castaldi, AHEAD’s executive vice president, told Techwire.
The change “reflects e360’s knowledge and expertise around today’s most sought-after technology solutions and illustrates e360’s empathetic approach that drives better business outcomes across its public- and private-sector client base,” said a statement from the company previously known as Entisys360.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs, part of the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, awarded seven contracts in the first quarter for IT services. Together, with rounding, those buys totaled $1,334,098.
Cyd Harrell’s “wealth of experience in government technology and user-centered design will help us strengthen and transform how we connect services directly to people,” said City Administrator Carmen Chu.
San Leandro is seeking a tech leader with an eye for innovation and the skills to work with the city’s economic development agenda. A new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is also planned.