Alphabet Inc. 's GOOGL Google is reportedly appointing Flint Waters, the chief information officer (CIO) of the state of Wyoming.
According to reports, Waters is expected to step down from the state service on Sep 23 and join Google for Work team in early October. Hewill play an advisory role, helping local and state governments migrate to Google products, especially the cloud.
Water's Days as Wyoming CIO
Waters has been Wyoming's CIO for five years and led a number of cloud migration projects. Waters headed Wyoming's migration from state-owned data centers to Google and Azure-based cloud.
He also led the development of the Wyoming Unified Network, which is a network of fiber lines that connects important cities in the state and provides broadband access of 200 Kbps per student to school districts across the state.
Recently, Wyoming collaborated with Google for Work partner Agosto to upgrade from Google Apps for Government to Google Apps Unlimited. The upgrade will provide the state unlimited drive storage, advanced reporting and auditing capacities and additional administrative features.
Google's Clever Choice
Wyoming is one of the early adopters of Google's Apps for Government and the first state to adopt cloud-based products. All these happened under Waters' leadership that helped the state to evolve as a centralized IT agency.
Google has put its trust in Waters' capabilities when it comes to leading cloud migration projects. Given his earlier proactive role in aiding the migration of Wyoming to the cloud, he has emerged as the best pick for the new role.
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