What's Kirk Lonbom up to? In short, a lot. At the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Midyear conference earlier this year, Lonbom, the acting secretary of the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology, told Government Technology that foremost on his list of things to do is to unify all state information technology functions in one place.
"Our real priority for 2018 is unifying our workforce and turning it into a best-in-class service agency," he said, which impacts application development, infrastructure and the workforce. A key component of the effort is leveraging the value of cloud technologies and eliminating costly legacy technology.
The staff of the Illinois DoIT got a preview of the depth of change the unification effort will entail last month when the agency gathered its employees for its most recently quarterly town hall, aimed at sharing "news and opportunities." Among the new staff introduced at the event was Shanna Rahming, former Nevada CIO who recently came on board as DoIT's new chief strategy officer and incoming Chief Technology Officer Jack King.
Government Technology editor Noelle Knell has more than 15 years of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter.
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