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Jonathan Feldman is Chief Information Officer for the City of Asheville, NC, where he encourages innovation through better business technology and process. Asheville is a rapidly growing and popular city; it has been named a Fodor top travel destination, and is the site of many new breweries, including New Belgium's east coast expansion. During Jonathan's leadership, the City has been recognized nationally and internationally (including the International Economic Development Council New Media, NATOA Community Broadband, and the GMIS Best Practices awards) for improving services to citizens and reducing expenses through IT innovation.
Jonathan's business innovation training and experience includes an MS from Georgia Tech's business school and 20+ years of business technology practice with a diverse group of customers: government, military, law enforcement, financial services and healthcare. As a business technology consultant, he worked with dozens of public- and private-sector organizations, helping them understand business benefits, risks, governance, process changes, and policies that go with new technologies. He has brought startup ideas to large organizations, and works in the community as an organizer & mentor to help startups succeed. His work with Asheville's startup and open data scenes have been featured by GovTech.com and the National League of Cities.
Jonathan is a popular public speaker and InformationWeek columnist on the topics of leadership, innovation, IT people skills, and running large organizations "like a startup." Learn more about Jonathan at about.me/jonathanfeldman.
Articles by Jonathan Feldman
posted in November 2009
Some of the best advice on being an IT executive that I ever got was from an ex-boss. Jonathan, he said, there are two types of CIOs. The first type looks into the data center, and the second looks out of the data center to interact with customers. The first type, he said, isn't nearly as useful and doesn't last nearly as long.
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Man, it's great talking to folks who are actually taking a chance on new ways of doing things instead of just speculating about doing it. I chatted with Mary Ann Buch today. She's the director of technology for a school district in upstate New York. They've actually been using Netbooks and VDI for a proof of concept project in the classroom. Kids and teachers like it, and she says the financial models are pretty compelling. "It's just a school district"? "That doesn't apply to my f
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