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They deal with strapped budgets and yet are pushed to deliver constant innovation. Sound familiar? It should, because "they" are CIOs just like you. The only difference is that they're the designated technology managers for U.S. state governments. The book CIO Leadership for State Governments: Emerging Trends and Practices (Public Technology Institute/available now) is packed with guidance and real-life success stories about the best practices of state IT departments. These insights are supplied by state CIOs and senior tech managers, as well as public-policy leaders and other experts. Published in partnership with the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), the book can be as valuable for private-corporation CIOs as for their government counterparts. For example, one section focuses on the five critical steps that are essential for successful innovation. These steps are provided courtesy of Ken Theis, chief operating officer for Dewpoint and a former head of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget; and Andris Ozols, a senior policy advisor for that department. Read on for the five essential steps to achieve successful innovation:

This article was originally published on 06-14-2011
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