Features Region: West

City of Corona, California

Last August, Chris McMasters, CIO of Corona, California, sat down to find an unexpected, but pleasant, email waiting for him: Representatives from What Works Cities (WWC) wanted to visit Corona to consider the city for their national initiative. Started by Bloomberg Philanthropy in April 2015, WWC helps mid-sized cities understand how data can improve services, […]

City of Oakland

Government agencies are notorious for moving at a glacial pace, yet even when the pace is much faster—say, in one of America’s tech hubs, the Bay Area—there’s still room for improvement. And it’s not just a matter of speed, explains City of Oakland CIO Andrew “Pete” Peterson. Services must be available to everyone in all […]

CIS

When Mark Snodgrass says these are exciting times in the insurance industry, a lot of folks might respond: Maybe to insurance people. Fair enough, at least on the surface the subject matter may not be captivating, but ponder for a spell, what a changing world we live in and the pressure faced by the detail-oriented […]

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

There’s no denying that IT jobs can be stressful, and CIOs handle those stressors in different ways. For Steve Garske, witnessing—and contributing—to the life-saving work done by Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) is enough to push ahead. “Whenever I have a rough day, I’ll just walk the halls to gain perspective. Watching all of […]

City of Aurora, Colorado

When a business or developer considers building in Aurora, Colorado, the city often relies on its robust IT department to help seal the deal. So when city planners recently attended RECon, the world’s largest retail real estate convention in Las Vegas, it was the IT department that helped build out the city’s booth, making sure […]

City of Garden Grove

When Garden Grove, California, installed its first personal computers in 1994, the fifth largest city in Orange County was behind the times. Most municipalities had made that transition in the late ‘80s. But IT Director Charles Kalil says there were advantages to being a late adopter. For starters, it gave Garden Grove the opportunity to […]

Curt Pederson – University of Portland

Curt Pederson has made a career of turning troubled organizations around.  Now at the University of Portland, he’s gone from being berated with insults about the IT department on his first day to being hailed as a miracle worker. His solution is simpler than you might think. Pederson joined the University of Portland as CIO […]

Corona-Norco Unified School District

When it comes to IT, Corona-Norco United School District (CNUSD) is a district of pilots. That’s not a reference to flying; it describes the small-scale, short-term projects that CNUSD experiments with before launching districtwide initiatives. In fall 2016, CNUSD completed its latest pilot program when it launched its MyCNUSD portal. Designed to create personalized user […]

Cynthia Humes — Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College (CMC) has been a fixture in undergraduate liberal arts education since 1946. Today, with more than 1,250 students in attendance, both undergraduate and graduate, the college has a curricular emphasis on economics, government and public affairs and is working to produce thoughtful, productive and responsible leaders through enhanced campus wide information technology […]

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