CIO Profiles: Teri Takai, CIO For The State Of California
IT effectiveness means providing value to the state's residents and businesses, she says.
CIO for the state of California
How long at current job: 2 years (Takai has been mentioned as a potential candidate to be CIO of the Defense Department.)
Decision I wish I could do over: I wish I'd learned earlier the importance of professional networking and negotiation skills.Vision
The next big thing for my industry: Finding the balance between owning technology and purchasing services. On The Job
IT budget: Around $4 billion
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Size of IT team: Including employees in departments and agencies, about 10,000; my office employs more than 1,000.
Top initiatives: Consolidation of IT infrastructure, pursuing our green IT agenda, and delivering services and information to the people of California online.
How I measure IT effectiveness: In the public sector, it's based on providing value to the state's residents and businesses.
Colleges/degrees: University of Michigan, BA in mathematics and MA in management
Leisure activity:Spending time with family and friends
Best book read recently: Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
Biggest business-related pet peeve: Whining and people who have to ask permission before they do anything.
Last vacation: Vancouver, Calgary, Banff
If I weren't a CIO, I'd be ... a librarian