Enterprise Chief Technology Office
The Enterprise Chief Technology Office manages the Enterprise Architecture program. Enterprise Architecture (EA) is the technical infrastructure and processes that align computer service with business needs. The EA staff work closely with program leadership, business analysts, and technical professionals to ensure good decision making around technology selection, standardization, economy of scale, and to establish and implement governance structures to guide this collaborative work. We work and consult with all Agencies to ensure legacy system upgrades are leveraged with common solutions where possible and are managed in accordance with industry standards and best practices. Working hand in hand with the CIO, Enterprise Project Management Office, Agency IT managers and business owners, we support the alignment of current and future IT projects, expenditures and technologies to reduce redundancy and gain efficiencies.
As the “Center of Excellence” for “Private Cloud” infrastructure, we are responsible for all aspects of technical alignment, acquisition, and management of infrastructure within state of Vermont data centers. This includes all physical and virtual capacity (storage, processing, life cycle, performance and configuration management). Our current focus is to consolidate enterprise applications, reduce the number of physical servers and consolidate these environments into fewer data centers. By doing this, we are establishing an agile Private Cloud while continuing to position the state to effectively take advantage of Public Cloud infrastructure services. Our primary goal is to design, implement, and manage the State technical Infrastructure to best support the business of State government.
The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) with its group of Enterprise Architects is preparing the State of Vermont for a migration to a private cloud based model driven by business needs. What is the cloud? The term "cloud" has been used as a metaphor for the Internet, remote services and or abstracted infrastructure. It describes software, data access, and storage services that while available to the user; do not require the knowledge of the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services. There are much more in depth definitions that can be found but parallels to this concept can be drawn with the electrical grid. Here, end-users consume power resources without necessarily understanding the component devices that provide the service.
ECTO will ensure that you will always have resources available and data accessible; allowing you to concentrate on your business. And while ECTO will ensure your infrastructure and system requirements are met, a centralized management application interface gives business owners control of their operating system, application, inventory and reporting for each business unit with fine grained security.
By utilizing the cloud model, the State of Vermont will ultimately better utilize its IT infrastructure dollars and become more agile for business needs. Consolidating IT infrastructure and the management of IT resources allows each department to pay only for the amount of resources used. Consolidation also benefits reliability, resiliency and flexibility across all applications.
Cloud computing is also a key component of the green computing trend, defined as the energy efficient usage of computer resources. A reduced physical footprint to house infrastructure and reduced electrical usage to run and cool it; are just some of the benefits of moving to a cloud model.
In order to achieve this we maintain an Infrastructure Center of Excellence and Virtual Center of Excellence philosophy. Each of these philosophies covers both the technical and process expertise to effective plan, scale, deliver and mature the State of Vermont’s Private Cloud service.
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