Be ‘Less of a Nerd,’ Agency CIO Tells Fellow CIOs



Tight federal IT budgets may be the “kick in the ass” agencies need to embrace cost-effective cloud networks and stop inefficient IT practices, says one federal chief information officer.

Government IT spending “is out of control primarily because people continue to custom code their own applications and build their own data centers,” said Joe Paiva, CIO of the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration. “It’s just got to stop.”…

“I think the future of the CIO is more of a trainer and an educator and less of a nerd,” he said. “Once you go [to the]cloud, you don’t have to develop applications: You have to teach people how to use them.”

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