Mark Boyer CIO, state of Alaska

Mark Boyer CIO, state of Alaska

by / September 30, 1997
What kind of computer do you use at work? Do you have a home computer?
Gateway 2000 G6 200. Yes, I have a home computer/printer, a Gateway Solo laptop, cell phone and a Motorola pager -- ya don't want to be caught naked!

Favorite Internet bookmarks?
Hot linked to Workplace Alaska
The Jammin' Salmon
The Stringman, an online music store

What are you currently reading?

What Will Be :How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives?
by Michael Dertouzos

Jumping the Curve: Innovation & Strategic Choice in an Age of Transition
by Nicholas Imparato and Oren Harari

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk
by Peter Bernstein

What's your most important current project?
Our greatest IT challenge (project) is our collective set of initiatives. While we are struggling to become the new and improved IT shop offering services our customers will pay for, we are developing cross-function databases, setting software standards with migration and financing plans; driving "beta" solutions to enterprise productions, etc. ... In short, doing what every other IT shop in government is striving to do.

How many e-mail messages do you get a day?
80 to 120

Favorite recreational activity?
Whitewater rafting on Alaska's North Slope

One thing you'd change about information technology?
I would create a more flexible, more adaptive IT group that creates solutions with legs, transportable and [applicable] to other problem areas. Our current environment still rewards self-reliant problem solving. Not all environments are created equal. Building trusted relationships, interdependency, shared problem solving and leadership creates the ownership of solutions.

Favorite quote?
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt

Person you most admire?
Mohamed Anwar El Sadat