Check out InformationWeek's Government CIO 50, our power list of top government CIOs--ranging from the NSA's technology chief to innovators at the state and city government level. They've got vision, clout, and sometimes, billion-dollar IT budgets. But most of all, these CIOs are known for delivering tangible, measurable results. Here's an inside look at the government technology leaders and their approaches to unique IT leadership challenges.
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Rosio Alvarez has helped Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory become one of the government's leading adopters of cloud computing. The lab is one of the first government organizations to adopt Google Apps, deploying Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Sites for 5,000 users with anticipated savings of up to $2 million over five years.
Lawrence Berkeley is also tapping into Amazon Web Services' virtualized servers and storage and into software as a service (for human resources), and it's building a private computing cloud, called Magellan, in conjunction with Argonne National Lab. Plans for 2011 include cloud-based desktop backups and service desk management. For much of the past year, only about 25% of Alvarez's time has been spent at Lawrence Berkeley in California. Alvarez has been on a 12-month assignment as special IT advisor to the Department of Energy, where she has helped align DOE's IT efforts with central policy coming from the White House and OMB.