"the cost center of traditional IT versus the business-savvy adviser on Agile development and implementations -- while at the same time navigating cultural, political, and resource challenges."
I think it's interesting to see how the challenges for State CIOs are much more difficult in nature and there are a larger number of stakeholders involved that need to be considered. Unlike the corporate CIO which has to balance between cost and performance, the state CIO needs to consider the socio-economic angle as well. What's profitable for only a small faction of the population isn't the right spending of tax-payers money even though it may have a very good ROI. The benefits must extend to the population at large even though the financial viablity might not be as strong.