by Compiled by Lauren Capotosto

New Va. DoT CIO Has Rough Road Ahead

Aug 01, 20013 mins

Uphill Climb at Virginia DOT

Bernard Hill Jr. has a rocky road ahead of him. As the first CIO of the Virginia Department of Transportation (DOT), he is charged with revolutionizing the agency’s suffering IT department. “There’s no continuity in terms of databases, computing platforms, programming languages or security,” says Hill, who just left a job as CIO for the Virginia Department of Corrections. “Data isn’t integrated, and it doesn’t meet department needs.”

That lack of integration makes reporting data to the federal government?the basis of funding?a monumental task each year. “We have to report data on numerous aspects of the highway system, but right now, information ends up coming from different systems. There’s some on PCs and mainframe and Unix systems,” says Hill. With 150 IT staffers and a $45 million annual IT budget, Hill plans to make continuity and integration his top priorities.

Why would anyone want to join such a tech-challenged environment?

“I love torture,” Hill says, half-jokingly. He also loves that Virginia’s DOT, formerly managed by two division directors, makes greater use of technology than the commonwealth’s Department of Corrections. But just because the DOT sees the advantage of technology doesn’t mean it always makes the right IT decisions. Just eight days into his term, Hill halted some of the agency’s IT efforts in order to implement his proposed ERP system.

To overhaul the IT systems successfully, Hill will adhere to some philosophies he adopted at the Department of Corrections. “We will engage systems integrators for three- to six-month time periods in implementing components in ERP systems,” says Hill. “When they are successful at implementing the component, we’ll pay them. We did this at the Department of Corrections, and the state adopted that as a state model.”

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