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The CIO activist: Using IT to improve lives

Marketa Hulpachova | Nov. 4, 2010
Local governments, with their volatile budgets and bureaucracies, may seem an unlikely breeding ground for cutting-edge IT solutions.

A mix of civic-mindedness, entrepreneurship and grassroots involvement make Vein an intriguing prototype for a public-sector CIO. "Little in my career have I met someone who is as given to ideas that come from different places, and not afraid to try them even if they fail," says Hovis. "In America, we associate fearless entrepreneurship with the private sector, but I would argue that the results have been in the public sector, and they have been particularly important at the community level."

 

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