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Georgia IT Leaders: ‘Cloud Is the Direction We’re Going In’

Chief Technology Officer Dmitry Kagansky talks about transitioning the state workforce to a cloud-based future, and outlines the vision for a cloud center of excellence to spread best practices among state agencies.

Georgia Chief Technology Officer Dmitry Kagansky.
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Dmitry Kagansky is relatively new to the role of chief technology officer for the state of Georgia, having been named just last month to replace Steve Nichols, who held the position for two decades. But before taking over as CTO, Kagansky was the state’s cloud architect.

However, Kagansky revealed to GovTech at the NASCIO conference earlier this month that the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) does not plan to backfill his former position. Rather, the whole organization is joining in on the journey to the cloud.

“[State CIO] Shawnzia [Thomas] and I both wanted to convey the message to everyone, other agencies, to our partners, that cloud is the direction we’re going in,” Kagansky said.

And though that trajectory brings with it some significant technical work, what’s even more pressing for Kagansky is to equip the state’s IT workforce with the necessary skills to support that direction.

And the state’s progress in developing in-house cloud expertise supports Kagansky’s desire to foster even more forward momentum by establishing a cloud center of excellence in 2023. Technical staff at GTA as well as the agencies will convene to discuss lessons learned and advance good practices for future cloud migrations.

“This is where we would go and start grouping all those people together … and talk about what a statewide group of standards looks like for running things in the cloud,” he said.
Noelle Knell is the executive editor for e.Republic, responsible for setting the overall direction for e.Republic’s editorial platforms, including Government Technology, Governing, Industry Insider, Emergency Management and the Center for Digital Education. She has been with e.Republic since 2011, and has decades of writing, editing and leadership experience. A California native, Noelle 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.
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