After her nomination was held up for months, Teri Takai was immediately thrust into a major IT reorganization when, in November 2010, she stepped in as the new CIO at the Department of Defense.
Takai was given a lead role in redefining the CIO position at DOD, which included phasing out Defense's previous CIO organization and moving some of that office's functions elsewhere in the Pentagon. Some of the projects on her plate include data center consolidation, the rollout of department-wide email services, new ERP systems, and cybersecurity. With an annual IT budget of about $30 billion, Takai must also find ways to contribute to Defense Secretary Robert Gates' five-year, $100 billion cost savings plan.
Takai came to Washington, D.C., from California, where as state CIO she led a multiyear IT transformation effort. While there, Takai set aggressive data center consolidation and sustainability goals and brought more rigorous governance to all aspects of the state's IT operations.