California recently surpassed the U.K. and now ranks as the fifth largest economy in the world. Managing the people and technology driving that growth is an equally massive challenge. CIO Amy Tong has been leading the charge since June of 2016, and she shared her thoughts on what\u2019s working and where the state is heading.\nWhat are some of the unique challenges of being the CIO of such a large \u201corganization?\u201d\nWe use a federated management approach. We recognize and appreciate the difference, complexity, and uniqueness of each department. Standardization and flexibility also applies. Standardization helps establish consistency, and the part we leave flexible is the delivery of business solutions. We believe in empowering each department as long as they conform to best practices and a standardized project management approach.\nWhat are some of the commonalities being a public sector and private sector CIO? \nThe common element is dealing with the human side of things; the organizational change management whenever there is an evolution of direction. There is always managing employee performance and empowering them and being compassionate about their needs. Whether you work in the private or public sector, managing people is the most important aspect of being a CIO.\nWhat are your most urgent priorities right now?\nThere\u2019s a clear vision we\u2019re working toward and there\u2019s urgency to that so we can see the results more quickly. To name a few specific areas:\n\nCybersecurity continues to be top priority. With all the information and public assets entrusted to us, it\u2019s not an option but a priority to make sure those are well protected. Proactive cybersecurity continues to be top priority.\nAnother is to deliver the best public service to the people of California; enabling successful delivery of digital initiatives. We\u2019re doing these initiatives in a modular fashion; focusing on the best designs for end users and transforming our organization to meet their needs through digital innovation.\nAnd we continue to foster a dynamic workforce and encourage people to think differently. It\u2019s not about what you know coming through the door; it\u2019s having a good attitude about where you want to be, how you share your experience, and how you learn differently in different environments. We\u2019re trying to encourage our workforce to apply critical thinking to find solutions to challenges.\n\nHow far along is the state in its digital transformation \u2014 or progress toward Vision 2020?\nVision 2020 is the California Department of Technology\u2019s Strategic Plan to create one digital government securely delivered by a dynamic workforce. It\u2019s not a technology transformation per se, it\u2019s really a cultural transformation. Over the past couple of years, the user-centric design is no longer a foreign concept. We\u2019re looking at doing projects in smaller bites and learning to fail fast. It\u2019s OK to take calculated risks. We don\u2019t need to plan for five years. To me, that is digital transformation. A wider acceptance of this approach would go a long way toward transforming government to a digital world.\u00a0\nWhat new and emerging technologies are helping you achieve those goals?\nThere are many ways to achieve the one digital government goal. To me, it\u2019s less about emerging technology, but being better at using what we have. Our focus right now is how to best utilize cybersecurity, project delivery and workforce development to achieve the goals of Vision 2020.\nWhat\u2019s next for the state of California Dept. of Technology? \nWe\u2019re proud of and confident the Vision 2020 strategic plan will continue to move forward. The plan is simplistic, yet a logical and common-sense approach to how technology strategy in the state of California should be carried out. The community support for the plan is there, there is a good governance model in place, and the current and future governing body will be able to carry the plan forward.