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Craig Orgeron has embraced the “CIO-as-a-broker” model.

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers released a new model in April highlighting CIOs as brokers, and Craig Orgeron took that to heart.

Mississippi's CIO has made a point of brokering multi-sourced solutions in his own state like hybrid cloud. Hybrid cloud mixes on-premises, private cloud, and third-party public cloud services in a more balanced computing environment.

“It’s really going to be a partnership … instead of a state classically, from a capital investment perspective, buying gear, building things, running things, replacing things,” Orgeron told Route Fifty. “It’s going to be more contract-oriented, and that’s just a big change in a state for sure.”

Like all states, Mississippi’s IT budget is tight, so hybrid cloud will allow Orgeron’s team to be more responsive—hitting service expectations around the clock.

Orgeron wants to shorten the state’s procurement timeline, which sometimes means it takes years to fund and implement an idea. Too often, by the time it is put into service, it is dated. In the future, Mississippi will add innovative, emerging technology on the fly.

“You need to be able to grow or change the service because the industry changes and grows so quickly,” Orgeron said.

Watch Route Fifty’s full interview with Orgeron at the NASCIO 2018 Annual Conference in San Diego below.

Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor at Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.

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