Shaping IT Transformation in Massachusetts Government

Former Massachusetts CIO Bill Oates talks technological transformation in government and the importance of executive leadership in this process.

Bill Oates
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Former Massachusetts CIO Bill Oates caught up with Government Technology during the 2016 Massachusetts Digital Government Summit, sharing his perspectives on life after the public sector and where he sees the commonwealth heading from a technology perspective.

Now working for Perkins Solutions, a line of business within the Perkins School for the Blind that provides innovative assistive technology products and consulting services, Oates said his roles as CIO of both the state and the city of Boston translate across to his work in the nonprofit sector.

At the end of the day, he said, the work being done in the public sector must benefit the constituents, not just the government. 

Eyragon Eidam is the Web editor for Government Technology magazine, after previously serving as assistant news editor and covering such topics as legislation, social media and public safety. He can be reached at