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In Case You Missed It: An Hour with San Jose’s CIO

What with phone calls, meetings and myriad other interruptions, it can be tough to set aside an hour during a busy workday to listen to an online briefing.

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What with phone calls, meetings and myriad other interruptions, it can be tough to set aside an hour during a busy workday to listen to an online briefing.

But if you’re in the business of government and technology, you should listen to this week’s Techwire virtual briefing with the man in charge of technology for California's third-largest city, San Jose.

CIO Rob Lloyd joined Techwire Wednesday for a forum led by Techwire's Joe Morris.

Lloyd summed up San Jose by saying it is “large, very diverse, very techy and very costly.” The city has more than 6,000 government employees and a total budget of $3.2 billion, of which nearly $20 million has been allocated to the IT department in the 2016-17 fiscal year. As the cultural and political center of Silicon Valley, it’s only fitting that San Jose is on its way to becoming a smart city.

For the upcoming year, the IT department has about $23 million in straight funding and a bit less than $20 million in project funding.

Lloyd also discussed some issues related to San Jose’s migration of a lot of its operation into the cloud, and he cited the importance of having a good relationship between the city and the vendors it works with.

If you listened to Lloyd’s presentation live on Wednesday, you know that he speaks quickly and packs a lot of information into an hour, which may prompt you to want to listen again. And in case you missed it, you may want to set aside an hour over the weekend. Either way, here’s the link.

 

 

 

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.