Takai Named CIO Of Defense Department - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Government // Leadership
07:55 PM
Connect Directly

Takai Named CIO Of Defense Department

Only weeks after having the DOD nomination withdrawn, Takai resigns from her position as the state of California's top IT executive to go to the Pentagon.

Teri Takai, the CIO of California, announced in an e-mail to staff on Monday that she will be leaving that position to become CIO at the Department of Defense.

Takai was nominated by President Obama in March to become the next CIO at DOD, but the nomination was withdrawn in late September amid an ongoing reorganization of the Defense Department's IT operations and organizational structure. At the time, a DOD spokeswoman said that Takai was still being considered for the job.

Takai's last day as CIO of California will be Nov. 5. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger hired Takai in December 2007 and, as a member of his cabinet, she was also his chief technology advisor. Prior to her move to California, Takai was CIO for the state of Michigan and director of the Michigan Department of IT.

Under Takai's leadership, California pursued a series of aggressive steps to consolidate and centralize the state's IT operations, while driving energy efficiency. A major data center consolidation plan aims to reduce data center space by 50% by the middle of next year. In September, Schwarzenegger signed an executive order codifying the state's IT reforms.

The DOD has been without a CIO since May 2009. Earlier this month, the department announced that deputy CIO, Dave Wennergren, would be moving into the role of assistant deputy chief management officer. Robert Carey, the former CIO of the U.S. Navy, confirmed within the past week that he will be stepping into the slot vacated by Wennergren.

Takai faces many challenges as the DOD's top IT executive. With an annual IT budget of more than $30 billion, the department is looking to contribute to a five-year, $100 billion cost-cutting plan outlined by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. DOD also has major IT projects underway in the areas of cybersecurity, data center consolidation, ERP, and centralized e-mail services.

Unified communications isn't just for the big guys; it can be extremely useful for smaller companies looking to streamline operations and improve productivity. Read our report and find out more. Download it here (registration required).

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

IT Leadership: 10 Ways to Unleash Enterprise Innovation
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  6/8/2021
Preparing for the Upcoming Quantum Computing Revolution
John Edwards, Technology Journalist & Author,  6/3/2021
How SolarWinds Changed Cybersecurity Leadership's Priorities
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  5/26/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
Planning Your Digital Transformation Roadmap
Download this report to learn about the latest technologies and best practices or ensuring a successful transition from outdated business transformation tactics.
Flash Poll