A Practical Approach for IT Governance

Do politicians understand IT Governance?

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The question may sound strange, but Gavin Newsom the Lieutenant Governor of California addressed this issue at the CIO Conference in San Francisco.  He was the key note speaker, and my first reaction looking at his handsome young face was one of skepticism.  Why did the event organizers bring a politician to deliver a key note to seasoned CIOs?  I am glad I listened, and I am equally glad I was wrong about Gavin.  He is not only knowledgeable about the trends and issues in IT as they apply to CIOs, he was deeply concerned about the lack of IT Governance in the state and county agencies.  He freely gave examples of the cost overruns and lack of transparency that has plagued our management infrastructure.  We were spell bound by this presentation where he prophesied that technology will change the way we govern leading to more collaborative bottom-up management as opposed to top-down bureaucracies that have plagued innovation.  His examples about the impact of social media, mobility, security, cloud, big-data and IT Governance were not from prepared speeches, but came from his heart.  I chatted with him and we discussed how our thoughts had common ground.  I offered to share my tools and ideas to help implement pragmatic IT Governance in the public sector.  Even conservatives in the room were taken in by the potential this young man holds for this country, including yours truly.  Good Luck Gavin.  If you stick to your ideals that you portrayed, I will support you.

Written by Subbu Murthy

October 19, 2013 at 11:09 am

Posted in IT Governance

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