New York State Announces New State CIO Bob Samson

New York State announced Robert H. Samson as CIO at ITS
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

On April 25, New York State announced that Robert H. Samson has been appointed Chief Information Officer at the New York State Office of Information Technology Services. Mr. Samson previously worked for IBM for 36 years, including serving as the Vice President of the Worldwide Systems and Technology Group and the General Manager of IBM's Global Public Sector. Mr. Samson received a lifetime achievement award from Government VAR magazine and been named one of the 100 most influential people in the technology industry. He is the member of the SUNY Center for Technology in Government Advisory Board and the New York State SAGE Commission. Mr. Samson is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh.

About ITS

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) was created in 2012 to transform IT services in an effort to make New York State government work smarter for its citizens and enable the state to be accessible for businesses through the use of technology. ITS provides statewide IT strategic direction, directs IT policy and delivers centralized IT products and services that support the mission of the State. ITS operates data centers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to support statewide mission-critical applications for over 50 Agencies, over 17 million citizen accounts, 120,000 employee accounts, 60,000 phones, 99,000 desktops and laptops, and 3,433 Virtual Desktop remote connections. ITS operates a secure network of over 1,600 miles of fiber to deliver telecommunications, Internet and Intranet services, enterprise email systems and support, IT training, networking, data storage and processing to State government entities in addition to developing new services in support of citizens, businesses and State Agencies.

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