Transcript: 09/10/09 - Speech: State of California Technology Executive Seminar


September 10, 2009

As Prepared

Thank you for the invitation to be part of the INPUT/TechAmerica Event. Much has happened since we met here last year. I would like to give you an overview and the speakers who will follow me will provide more detail on our plans for procurement, security and transparency.

It's hard to believe that it has been only a year since I spoke to you of our shared vision for Information Technology in California.

As you can see, we are a large and diverse organization. In the last year, even as you have continued to provide essential and valuable services to the residents and businesses in California, so much change has taken place.

A year ago, we began the journey to reach a truly statewide view of information technology, which necessarily changes the way California interacts with its residents, businesses, and other governments.

Since then, working together, we have undertaken an important set of initiatives:

We've come together as community and adopted the strategic directions we want the state to take in the California Information Technology Strategic Plan.

We are now in the second year of Capital Planning, which will help the state plan and coordinate how we spend our precious IT dollars.

We have developed the state's Enterprise Architecture. We have laid out the structure and training for Project and Portfolio Management. We have with DGS streamlined our procurement process. We have laid out a strategy for data sharing. We have developed agency consolidation plans. We have hired the state's first Geographic Information Officer.

Most notably, through the Governor's Reorganization Plan, California has organized for the future by bringing together statewide IT organizations that belong together - the CIO, the Department of Technology Services, the Office of Information Security, and Telecommunications Services.

Our goals for the reorganization are:

For Information Security, to ensure consistent implementation of security practices in line with policy.

And for the Public Safety Communications Division, to further the development of public safety communications in partnership with CalEMA and other public safety departments.

For OTech, to integrate the state's technology direction and set the statewide direction for our technology infrastructure.

Through our policy letters, we have strengthened and consolidated the role of the Agency Information Officers and Chief Information Officers.

And we are gaining traction with The Governor's Office, the Legislature and the Federal Government.

All of these initiatives deliver real value to the state and its constituents and they all connect with and support one other.

These initiatives create the foundation for a vibrant, new California Statewide IT program.

Let me ask you; is there a more exciting time to be part of the state IT community in California?

As Governor Schwarzenegger said here last year, California is where the action is.

The past year was the first in California's IT journey.

Our future will be significantly different from our past. Together, we have the chance to make a difference!

It seems everyone from CNN to the Obama administration to Aunt Linda have been explaining these trying times through the duality of Crisis and Opportunity. But, I think there is real value in thinking of the world in this way.

Crisis - provides the sense of urgency

Opportunity - turns that urgency into the catalyst for change

We are not just responding to crises, we are developing an information technology organization and program that will shape our future.

The budget crisis has impacted IT as it has all state operations. But we continue to move ahead with our major programs. It is true; the Governor has asked that we take $ 129.7 million dollar savings in General Fund for 2009-10. While that will impact our IT plans, we intend to use this opportunity to better plan our IT spending to save money and maximize our dollars.

The Federal Stimulus dollars are assisting in selected areas. For example, in EDD, federal dollars are a major part of the legacy renovation projects underway.

To me it's become increasingly clear that IT is going to become an even more important part of how government transitions into the future.

It is that future that I want to talk with you about today. The opportunities that necessarily stem from challenging times.

We laid out the goals for our future in 6 Strategic Concepts.

6 Strategic Concepts

  1. IT as reliable as electricity
  2. Fulfilling technology's potential to transform lives
  3. Self-Governance in the digital age
  4. Information as an asset
  5. Economic and sustainable
  6. Facilitating collaboration that breeds better solutions

While we continue to move our IT vision forward, the world is not standing still. Like the old adage, we are rebuilding the airplane in flight.

For the next year, we will focus on;

  • Infrastructure that is reliable, economic, and sustainable
  • Government that is accessible and transparent
  • Meeting emerging citizen expectations

Consolidation and collaboration provide the ability to share best practices and to make the best use of the talent and skills of our employees. It recognizes the unique missions of our Agencies while enabling collaboration across the entire government.

The value of consolidation to our IT organization lies in providing robust and economical infrastructure. It saves money, enhances security and promotes a collaborative environment, within which we can integrate business and IT planning.

As demand for technology grows, we must find a way to meet this demand in a sustainable way.

The federal EPA reports that approximately 2 percent of all US greenhouse gas emissions stem from IT. That's the same amount as the entire aviation industry.

Furthermore, IT is the fastest growing sector of Green House Gas Emissions -- some estimates put IT at double its energy consumption by 2020.

Our state government has pledged to cut its Green House Gas Emission to 1990-levels - the designated AB 32 goal. If we want IT to sustain its relevance we must contribute our share to this pledge.

Being Green means enabling citizens to utilize services that are energy efficient, enabling our employees to work in an environment that is energy efficient, and ensuring our IT operations are energy efficient.

In the upcoming year we will be rolling out the Green IT Program for California. The good news is that the efforts taking us towards a robust, economic and secure IT landscape also meets our green objectives.

This is not just about responding to a crisis, it is about using that crisis to accelerate our vision of IT in California.

As California continues its tradition as the nation's "Silicon State", we are continuing the work to expand the state's knowledge and leadership of the deployment of high-speed broadband technologies.

Our long term goals in this area include:

  1. Assessing and inventorying both state-owned and private broadband networks in California,
  2. Deploying to un-served areas by promoting new technologies and solutions;
  3. Deploying additional capacity and promoting adoption in under-served areas.

    We are expanding our use of broadband through the Governor's Executive Order on Digital Literacy and his initiative on Digital Textbooks

The Governor is committed to ensuring that Californians have the tools they need to be a part of the digital future.

Citizens want to know more about their government - they want new and increased services, they want transparency in how the services are delivered, and they want to know at what cost.

California is moving to meet these demands by making information available in the most meaningful ways.

As you know, part of the federal response to the current economic crisis was the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

We intend to track every dollar of federal money that comes to California and make that information available to all who are interested by putting it on the Web at

We have created the website, where all audits and contracts are posted.

A young family moving to California can investigate schools for the kids by clicking on

We are also one of two states to begin opening up access to our data.

The companies represented here today are creating the future of information technology, both here in California and around the world.

They are expanding the space of relevant technologies.

By positioning ourselves with an enterprise approach, we are moving toward a platform to increase services and transparency by taking advantage of new technologies.

The role and importance of IT continues to grow throughout government, saving taxpayer dollars by improving services through technology.

We are in a better position to move in and populate that ever-expanding space by providing services through the new technologies your companies are creating.

One need only visit Governor Schwarzenegger's Web site to see how effectively he and California's First Lady are adopting the opportunities presented through social networks.

I believe these technologies offer enormous potential to open the dialogue between the people of California and their government.

This is largely where we find ourselves today.

The way government utilizes technology to serve a constituency has been thrust to the forefront - there is no going back.

We have taken the first steps on the journey to California's Future. Building on our past, we are moving quickly to tomorrow.

With persistence and perseverance we will realize a better future for the people of California.

California recently placed second in the "Best of the Web" Competition; we are delivering citizen value even as we work towards our goals.

It is time to be brave. It is time to make our vision a reality.

Our partnership with you is essential to our success. We are committed to continue to be transparent and to work together to make California the # 1 digital state in the nation.

Thank you.