Two Indian American Technocrats In The List Of Top 50 IT Leaders
Two Indian-American technocrats, Krishna Kumar Edathil from Texas and Nikhil Deshpande from Georgia, have made it to the coveted StateScoop Top 50 2022 list
FREMONT, CA: The StateScoop 50 Awards recognize the best and brightest in state government who work to make it more efficient and productive. According to an announcement made this week, Edathil has been crowned State IT Leader of the Year, while Deshpande has been recognized as State Leadership of the Year. Edathil, the Director of Enterprise Solution Services for the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), has propelled Texas to the top US cloud rankings. He has also established the Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence for the state.
The State Chief Information Officer and executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources remarked that Krishna’s leadership had expedited Texas' technology modernization efforts. He appears to be a trusted partner for the customer agencies on their digital transformations. These awards are community-driven and are selected by those who obtain the most votes throughout the state government IT community. From the hundreds of nominations this year, the StateScoop audience voted over 3.5 million times to determine the top 50. Krishna, who has emerged as one of the most important and inspirational State IT Leaders in the United States, attributed the award to cooperation and a collaborative push to accelerate innovation in Texas.
The ninth annual awards were presented during a reception in National Harbor, Maryland, with the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) midyear conference. Georgia's longtime chief digital officer, Nikhil Deshpande, was instrumental in establishing the state's social media presence and leading the transition to an enterprise-wide open-source publishing system. Derhpande's team has recently been enhancing the digital services of agencies. Rather than offering services based only on technology, he explained that they must put the users first and then create services that meet their needs. Deshpande noted that one way to ensure citizens can use state services is to make it easy to find them.