Massachusetts CIO change worries ODF supporters
Massachusetts has a problem. The Commonwealth can't keep its CIO or pass an IT budget. Louis Gutierrez, the of CIO Massachusetts's Information Technology Division, resigned earlier this week. Does this mean the end of the state's pioneering ODF (Open Document Format) rollout?
First let's look at why Gutierrez is leaving.
As he said in his resignation letter, it's because, "IT innovation in Massachusetts state government ran out of steam in August, when the legislature closed its formal session without action on the IT and facilities bond. I am presiding over the dismantling of an IT investment program -- over a decade in the evolution -- that the legislative leadership appears unwilling to salvage at this time."
This is widely seen as a blow to open-standards. In particular, this won't do the planned rollout of the ODF for state use in January 2007 any good.