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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 4, 2014 

Colorado’s CIO Wins National Award

DENVER, Colo.—The Governor’s Office of Information Technology is pleased to announce that Colorado’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer, Suma Nallapati, was chosen as one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2015. 

The award spotlights technology and business leaders from a broad range of organizations who effectively use information technology to improve their company’s business performance. The list of honorees will be published in a special issue of Computerworld’s Digital Magazine in March 2015.

Nallapati says, “It’s an honor to be included among so many innovative IT leaders. It speaks to the caliber of our work at the State of Colorado, and the massive efforts of our teams at the Governor’s Office of Information Technology to bring effective, efficient and elegant solutions to our state and our residents.” Nallapati says in the coming year, OIT will continue to focus on elegant solutions and innovative technology for Colorado, including the upcoming DRIVES project with the Department of Revenue, designed to enhance consumers’ experiences when they do business at the Division of Motor Vehicles. 

This is the 16th year for Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders awards.

About OIT
The Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is responsible for the operation and delivery of information and communications technology (ICT) services and innovation across all Executive Branch agencies in the State of Colorado. OIT’s charge is twofold: (1) to provide world-class IT services to Colorado’s Executive Branch agencies; and (2) to promote Colorado as the ideal location for IT companies and technology based workers.

OIT drives innovative technology solutions, provides quality service, and supports the agencies whose missions are so critical to serving Coloradans. We do this by overseeing technology initiatives at the state level, recommending strategies and maximizing efficiencies of service delivery in a cost-effective manner through the application of enterprise technology solutions. Our enterprise approach also enables the agile delivery of new applications to state agencies that improve citizen access to government services while increasing accountability and transparency.

OIT’s operational responsibility is vast and includes the development and support of enterprise and agency-specific (line of business) applications, projects, programs, and services, data centers, servers, mainframe operations, storage, operating systems, local area networks, as well as the Colorado State Network (CSN) and the public safety communications network, which includes the digital trunked and microwave radio systems. OIT is also responsible for information security across all three branches of state government. We monitor and analyze information on cyber threats and proactively manage vulnerabilities that present risk to the state's information systems or the critical information managed there within. This includes security risk management, security operations, regulatory compliance, and application security.

OIT also leads the state’s IT economic development efforts and works in conjunction with the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) to promote Colorado as the ideal location for IT companies and technology-based workers.

OIT is powering the work of the State of Colorado and making government more effective, efficient, and elegant, while at the same time protecting the State’s valuable information assets and lowering our costs. 

Media Contact: 
Tauna Lockhart, Chief Communications Officer & PIO
303.764.7731 (work) 
720.933.9193 (cell)