EDITOR ’ S NOTE
Welcome to the latest edition of Intelligent
CIO magazine for the North America region . This month ’ s cover features Michelle Taylor , CIO at Leon County Government . She tells us how by modernizing its communications with Avaya , Leon County in Florida has been able to maintain the customer promise it takes seriously : People focused , performance driven . in open-source solutions and enterprise networks will pay dividends as we aim to provide the most developerfriendly software platform in the industry .
“ With Red Hat ’ s operating system as a core enabler of Ultifi ’ s capabilities , the opportunity for innovation becomes limitless .” There ’ s much more to discover about this story on p48 .
With a more open , collaborative and secure communications environment across its various departments , the county can quickly adjust to keep pace with rapid changes and deliver experiences that matter – all while saving costs and improving productivity and availability .
“ Whatever the need , if our citizens are calling , we must be able to connect with them ,” said Taylor . You can find out more details about the project by turning to p56 .
Elsewhere , we take a look at how Red Hat , the world ’ s leading provider of open-source solutions , and Michigan-based General Motors has announced a collaboration to help advance software-defined vehicles at the Edge .
Scott Miller , Vice President , Software Defined Vehicle and Operating System , General Motors , said : “ General Motors is now a platform company and working with Red Hat is a critical element in advancing our Ultifi software development . Incorporating the company ’ s expertise
In this month ’ s Talking Business , Atlanta-based Ravi Lachhman , Field CTO at Shipa . io , tells us how the success of Digital Transformation projects can be determined by a CIO ’ s ability to create a supportive and engaging culture for their engineers .
He says : “ CIOs need to understand that they have the power to make or break the quality of the developer experience within their organizations – their actions as cultural leaders may be the single most crucial factor in retaining and attracting developer talent .” For more on this turn to p36 .
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I ’ d like to wish you a good month ahead and please enjoy the read !
Mark Bowen Editor
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