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North Carolina Swears in New Chief Information Officer

The process is finally complete for Eric Boyette, who will serve as the state's next CIO.

Eric Boyette has officially been sworn in as the next chief information officer of North Carolina.

Boyette who was appointed as CIO and director of the state Department of Information Technology by Gov. Roy Cooper on April 7 has already been hard at work.

Congratulations to @Jeric_boyette who was sworn in as Secretary of #NCDIT today! — NC DIT (@NCDIT) June 19, 2017
Boyette is a longtime public servant; he previously served as CIO for the state Department of Transportation and as acting commissioner for the Division of Motor Vehicles. Boyette was with the NCDOT for more than 20 years.

When speaking with Government Technology in late May, Boyette explained how he wanted to help install some “common-sense governance” strategies. He identified three issue areas where his focus will be put on: Cybersecurity, procurement and innovation.

While strengthening state systems to protect private data and updating procurement practices, the best way to improve is to form partnerships. Boyette said he sees teamwork as an untapped potential for the state to achieve better overall outcomes.

“I fully believe in partnerships," he said, "because the more expertise we have around the table, the better off the state will be."

Ryan McCauley was a staff writer for Government Technology magazine from October 2016 through July 2017, and previously served as the publication's editorial assistant.
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