New Hampshire CIO Denis Goulet talks about how he's somewhat insulated from changes in elected leadership, and shares his No. 1 priority for advancing technology in the state.
In the state of New Hampshire, the chief information officer doesn't tend to turn over every time there's a new governor. In fact, as CIO Denis Goulet explained at last week's NASCIO Midyear conference in Arlington, Va., the fate of the state CIO bears little relationship to changes resulting from gubernatorial elections. New Hampshire, and neighboring Vermont, are unique in the fact that they vote for governor every two years, unlike the four-year schedule observed in all other states — which results in more stability in the CIO's office.
As for Goulet's priorities during his tenure leading state IT, governance tops the list. While the state's centralized model means it's in good shape where core infrastructure is concerned, the state's overall technology strategy needs some work, he says. Below, he outlines his approach.