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“The CIO must be a broker of collaboration, bringing people together so that technology can provide intended value. I make critical technology decisions, but those decisions cannot be made with blinders on,” says Marc Shorr, chief information officer at Contra Costa County.
The Northern California technology leader had been chief information officer for more than eight years, and the county will mount a search for his permanent replacement.
Amanda Daflos, the chief innovation officer for the city of Los Angeles, has stepped down from her post to accept an executive position at the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University.
Techwire is pleased to welcome EY to the Techwire family. EY helps governments obtain better insight into what is needed from them, develop new strategies enabling them to drive lasting improvement and implement transformational solutions to drive efficiency and effectiveness. EY provides assistance across five focus areas to help governments face their biggest challenges: finance, operations and technology; health and human services; education; infrastructure and transit; and public safety and justice. It offers transformation by design, helps agencies redesign their digital public experience and digital services, and delivers a layered view of threats and mitigation strategies. For more information, visit or contact Angela Basi.
Techwire is pleased to welcome iboss to the Techwire family. iboss, a leader in cloud security, offers organizations fast, secure Internet access on any device anywhere – in the cloud. Its SASE cloud platform, used by more than 4,000 enterprises around the world, delivers network security as a service, in the cloud, as a complete software-as-a-service offering, eliminating the need for traditional network security apparatus like firewalls and web gateway proxies. With a purpose-built cloud architecture grounded by more than 230 issued and pending patents and more than 100 global points of presence, iboss processes more than 100 billion transactions and blocks nearly 4 billion malware threats a day. For more information, visit or contact Lee Parkinson.
“Working with vendors to discuss emerging technologies and services will be valuable in my role at DSS. I look forward to leveraging those vendor partner relationships to bring future innovation and efficiency to DSS,” said Richard Gillespie.
“Digital transformation will never be finished. In my mind, it’s aligning people and process and technology to enable government to deliver new services in new ways. Including digital of course, taking advantage of those emerging technologies that continue to come out. And that’s why it’s never going to be over,” says Lea Eriksen, chief information officer at the city of Long Beach.
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“Technology is a part of everything that we do personally and in our day jobs. The role of the CIO has changed from a technologist to really understanding and collaborating (with) our program areas,” said Cheryl Larson, chief information officer for California Correctional Health Care Services.
Techwire is pleased to welcome Info-Tech Research Group to the Techwire family. One of the fastest-growing information technology research and advisory companies, Info-Tech Research Group offers the unbiased, highly relevant research that CIOs and IT leaders need to form strategic, timely decisions. The company’s public-sector government team features sales and delivery resources in both Northern and Southern California — and a lengthy history of collaborating with California government. Its staff works closely with IT teams to meet their needs on everything from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they’re able to deliver measurable results. Info-Tech Research Group gives its more than 30,000 clients access to more than 450 do-it-yourself project and process blueprints developed by industry experts, with efficiency baked in to solve the most significant IT initiatives. For more information, visit or contact Hannes Scheidegger.
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“At the end of the day, I would categorize my job as a risk manager. It’s my job to help the organization make good risk-based decisions that minimize or mitigate adverse impacts to our business,” says Nadean Shavor, chief security officer for the California Franchise Tax Board.
Techwire is pleased to welcome Anaplan to the Techwire family. Anaplan, a cloud-native enterprise software-as-a-service company, helps organizations worldwide coordinate performance and execute digital transformation. Its platform, which is powered by the proprietary Hyperblock® technology, links teams, systems and insight to activate the ability to adapt to change and transform operations. The state of California Office of Systems Integration is among the users of Anaplan’s software, which lets clients build and model through a single interface. The San Francisco-based company has more than 175 partners and more than 1,600 customers globally. For more information, visit
The state offers four academies – ITLA as well as the Project Management Leadership Academy, the Digital Services Innovation Academy and the Information Security Leadership Academy.
“For the county, digital transformation represents the strategic position of integrating innovative technologies and approaches across the organization to modernize IT and improve the end-user experience, which improves the services provided to the public,” says Larry Ainsworth, chief information officer for San Bernardino County.
“Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace. We are navigating another technology transformation, requiring us to move past some of our previous practices and integrate and support technology as a cross-functional business process,” says Steve Grogan, chief information officer and chief of the Office of Information Services at the state of California Air Resources Board.
Among other things, the event will show business representatives how to submit successful proposals, proposal tips and deficiencies; how to register to do business with the county; and how to capitalize on regional contracting opportunities.
Techwire is pleased to welcome NICE InContact to the Techwire family. Sandy, Utah-based NICE InContact is a leader in providing cloud and on-prem enterprise software that enables organizations to make educated decisions based on advanced analysis of structured and unstructured data. NICE’S CXone, believed to be the first true cloud contact center solution to receive FedRAMP Authorization to Operate, merges best-in-class customer analytics, automation and artificial intelligence on an open cloud foundation. More than 25,000 organizations in more than 150 countries — more than 85 of them being Fortune 100 companies — use NICE solutions. For more information, visit or contact Amy Wharton.
“When we consider that compute translates to data transformation and exchange and better insights to make decisions — information technologies are the fundamental enablers of our present and future, and the end of growth is still not in sight,” says Imre Kabai, chief information officer for Santa Clara County.
Techwire is pleased to welcome Optiv to the Techwire family. Denver-based Optiv is the biggest pure-play provider of cybersecurity solutions in North America. Its diverse staff helps businesses, governments and educational institutions plan, build and run security solutions successfully. The security solutions integrator’s team of former CISOs, security technologists and operations experts brings its years of experience to bear in delivering solutions that help clients maximize the effectiveness of their cybersecurity programs. One such client, a private university in California, worked with Optiv to do an objective third-party security assessment of its IT network that helped identify vulnerabilities related to vendor technologies that were of low to medium criticality. For more information, visit
Techwire is pleased to welcome AvePoint to the Techwire family. More than 16,000 companies and 7 million SharePoint and Office 365 users around the world use AvePoint software and services for data migration, management and protection in the cloud and in on-prem and hybrid environments. AvePoint, a five-time winner of the Global Microsoft Partner of the Year Award, offers the only full suite of software-as-a-service solutions to migrate, manage and protect data in Microsoft 365. Headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., AvePoint has been named to the Inc. 500|5000 six times; and to the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ five times. For more information, visit or contact Justin Klise.
“We are focused on being a true business partner; we have to work side by side with our executives and peers if we’re going to move business forward. Because it’s all about moving the business forward and changing the program with technology,” says Catherine Lanzaro, CIO and deputy director of the Technology Services Division for the California Department of Child Support Services.
Techwire is pleased to welcome Hayden AI to the Techwire family. San Francisco-based Hayden AI Technologies Inc. was founded on the belief that by merging mobile sensors with artificial intelligence, it could help governments innovate on their transportation issues and make traffic flow simultaneously less dangerous and more efficient. Guided by its experts on machine learning, data science, transportation, and government sales, the company has developed the world’s first autonomous traffic enforcement platform. The platform wields sensor data with Digital Twin technology to simulate scenarios and create actionable insights capable of helping local traffic, fire, health, and code enforcement agencies operate more efficiently. For more information, visit
The new software combines a huge database for verifying identity with AI-powered tools meant to comb them, looking for fraud and irregularities. And it’s found an early user in California, which was at the center of a massive unemployment insurance fraud scheme last year.
“I am results-focused, have higher than average expectations, and will work with anyone that is putting in the effort,” says Ventura County CIO Terry Theobald. “I believe in accountability in the sense those I work with and I are both accountable.”
“In IT, we understand the critical nature of our role to provide solutions for the problems that the business is trying to solve. Without truly understanding those problems and partnering with business to create the solutions, success is more difficult to achieve. The pandemic has really highlighted the importance of that partnership,” says Heather L. Pettit, chief information officer for the Judicial Council of California.
Techwire is pleased to welcome BM Associates to the Techwire family. Since 1998, Granite Bay-based BM Associates has delivered business process efficiencies and modernization for sustained growth and cost reduction to state of California public-sector entities and Fortune 500 companies across the nation. Its experienced team can assist in areas including cybersecurity, digital transformation, data visualization, legacy modernization, cloud migration and enterprise resource planning (ERP) system integration. State customers include the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the California Military Department, and the state departments of Developmental Services, Food and Agriculture, and Tax and Fee Administration. For more information, visit or contact Senthil Muniappan.
Ideal candidates are public-sector employees with a vision for enterprise-wide thinking, strong potential for career advancement into executive or senior management positions, or aspiring information security officers with experience carrying out their organizations’ missions and visions.
Techwire is pleased to welcome BlackLine to the Techwire family. BlackLine’s cloud-based solutions and market-leading customer service help companies move to modern accounting by unifying their data and processes, automating repetitive work, and driving accountability through visibility. BlackLine provides solutions to manage and automate financial close, accounts receivable, and intercompany accounting processes, helping large state enterprises and small localities do accounting work better, faster, and with more control. More than 3,400 customers trust BlackLine to help them close faster with complete and accurate results. For more information, visit or contact Patrick Carmody.
Following are the public-sector awardees from this week’s California Virtual Public Sector CIO Academy, the annual industry gathering of public- and private-sector technology stakeholders.