Mark Combs

State IT Leadership of the Year

As Vermont’s CTO, Mark Combs is responsible for building modern applications to be used by the state’s agencies — a process that’s accelerated in recent years thanks to a new strategy that maps out development and assigns dedicated teams for each cloud platform. “We not only created the map of what the ecosystem looked like, but we created a center for enablement behind each of those platforms,” he says. The shift has allowed Vermont’s Agency for Digital Services to expand its portfolio. “We used to have 20 concurrent IT projects — today we’re at 95,” Combs says.

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