May 11, 2010 By Matt Williams
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California CIO Teri Takai admitted Tuesday, May 11, that she's eager to resolve her uncertain job status, while urging the state to adopt a "new normal" for its IT initiatives after she leaves.
Nominated two months ago by the White House to become the Defense Department's CIO, Takai conceded during her keynote at Government Technology Conference West: The California Digital Government Summit that she doesn't know when she'll move to the Pentagon. After two and a half years as state CIO, the longtime Ford Motor Corp. executive is awaiting congressional approval. "I could be here three months, I could be here up until the end of [Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's] administration," Takai said.
Takai said after she's gone, California's challenge will be to continue the momentum created during her tenure, which saw growth of the Office of State Chief Information Officer, the beginning of an enterprisewide IT consolidation and implementation of enterprise architecture, among many other major projects.
Those who expect the reforms to sunset -- to revert back to what was done before -- will be left disappointed, Takai said, indicating that the new CIO under a new governor won't be able to quickly undo or dramatically change what has been accomplished during the past few years.
"The question for us here is, 'What is the new normal?' There is no normal for us to go back to," she said.
If Takai had her way, California's IT picture and "new normal" would look markedly different five years from now:
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