I read an interesting blog about how the emergence of cloud computing may result in a wide range of new titles and responsibilities. I'll touch on some of those that were listed and include a few that I see emerging as well.
One such role/title that's cropped up is CTO of Cloud Computing, a designation that's held by Lewis Tucker at Cisco, according to a recent Fortune article. Tucker describes his role as one where he has "to make sure that (cloud) disruption happens in a very positive way - that we can use it as an opportunity."
California is continuing to look for ways to improve the procurement of large information technology projects. Last August, the Department of General Services (DGS) held a panel with senior officials from the Office of the State Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and the state’s Consumer Services Agency (SCSA) to talk about ways to reform IT procurement. Now, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) has issued their recommendations.
Under the reforms being considered by California’s executive branch, the new IT procurement process will be more efficient, cost less money for vendors and enhance the IT environment by cutting down the time it takes to go from project planning to contract award. During the session in August, State Chief Information Officer Teri Takai said IT vehicles are in place for about 65 percent of OCIO’s spend, and over 95 percent of contracts are procured through those vehicles. Panelists also said Requests for Proposals (RFPs) can take over 400 days, under the old procurement model.