While most organizations have cut their IT budgets to the bone, IT Modernization is been suggested as a way to optimize value while reducing risk and cost. How exactly do we define “IT modernization”? What factors make it a compelling strategy? If we are lucky enough to get stakeholders to buy in, how do we go about planning and executing this? While IT modernization sounds great, it may be “”too good to be true””. Why should we try this just now, when we are trying to hold onto every penny?
Gopal Khanna, Chief Information Officer, State of Minnesota
Gopal Khanna was appointed Minnesota's first State CIO by Governor Tim Pawlenty on August 15, 2005, and unanimously confirmed by the State Senate on March 20, 2006. Gopal was appointed to a second term by Governor Pawlenty effective January... More View all posts
Gopal Khanna was appointed Minnesota's first State CIO by Governor Tim Pawlenty on August 15, 2005, and unanimously confirmed by the State Senate on March 20, 2006. Gopal was appointed to a second term by Governor Pawlenty effective January 2, 2007, and, again, unanimously confirmed by the State Senate January 17, 2007. Minnesota's Executive Branch spends an estimated $600 million per year on information technology through 66 different agencies with 2400 staff and 1000 networks, and operates over 500 websites. Gopal is currently president of the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO). Prior to assuming his position with the State of Minnesota, Gopal served in the administration of President George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., from June 2002 through August 2005, and is credited with leading major reforms in the federal government. As the CIO and CFO of the U.S. Peace Corps, he was responsible for the successful implementation of a standardized computing platform for the Peace Corps' 72 posts worldwide; design and implementation of an enterprise architecture program that serves as the framework for the agency's systems modernization strategy; and transformation of financial management systems that resulted in the issuance of the first set of audited financial statements in the agency's 43-year history. Prior to his leadership role in government, Gopal was in the private sector where he held several corporate senior leadership positions. He has a broad-based management background which includes experience in information technology, finance, operations, strategic planning, business development, and consulting. From 1996 to 2002, Gopal was president and CEO of International Technology Consultants, Inc. From 1990 to 1996, he was with the American Hardware Insurance Group, a Minneapolis-based property and casualty insurance group, where he held several positions including vice president of operations, vice president of systems, and vice president of information technology and administration. From 1981 to 1990, he was with the National Council on Compensation Insurance in Boca Raton, Florida, where he held several positions including director of operations and director of strategic planning. Prior to that, Gopal lived in New York where he held positions in marketing, sales management, merchandising, and corporate training and development with the MONY Financial Services Group. Gopal has a long history of civic and charitable involvement. He has served on several professional and community boards and is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Hindu Society of Minnesota. Less View all posts
Peter Gapp, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Siemens Canada Limited
As the Chief Information Officer for the Siemens Cluster Canada, Peter is responsible for the management of strategic information technology for several Siemens operating companies in the region. Peter has over 15 years of experience in ene... More View all posts
As the Chief Information Officer for the Siemens Cluster Canada, Peter is responsible for the management of strategic information technology for several Siemens operating companies in the region. Peter has over 15 years of experience in energy, industry, healthcare, technology, communications and financial services industries with a main focus on mergers & acquisitions, business integrations, cost reduction programs and corporate reorganizations. He began his career with Siemens in 1993 and has held various IT leadership positions for Siemens in the United States and Germany. Most recently, Peter was the Senior Vice President and CIO for Siemens Financial Services, Inc. Prior to moving to Canada, he had an assignment as an Information Systems Auditor in Munich, Germany conducting strategic IT audits of global organizations within Siemens AG. Before working for Siemens, Peter ran his own software and hardware development company, servicing customers in the Automotive and Healthcare industries. Less View all posts