Presented by Ed Toner • CIO, State of Nebraska
Technology has reached the point where it can support just about anything that anyone wants to do, but the toughest challenge for IT leaders of an organization is convincing other stakeholders to embrace change. The State of Nebraska is reinventing its culture with a brand new IT infrastructure model. A little over a year ago, State CIO Ed Toner launched a statewide “hybrid” IT model that many said could never be done. He’s proving them wrong. The transformation is proceeding at a record pace and with remarkably tremendous support. Lessons he took from his career in the private sector can be applied to Nebraska’s successes. In this session, Ed shares his personal insights into how and why leadership is the key for each of us to successfully transform the enterprise.
Ed Toner was appointed by Governor Pete Ricketts as Chief Information Officer for the State of Nebraska on June 9th, 2015. He has spent the last 20+ years in the Information Technology field, and has held IT leadership positions at both First Data and TD Ameritrade in Omaha, NE. A Nebraska transplant (native of Texas), Ed has significant international experience, having managed IT teams in both the UK and Argentina. His background also includes Industrial Engineering positions in Manufacturing prior to moving into the Information Technology field.
Since taking over as Nebraska’s chief information officer, Ed Toner has consolidated key information technology systems, resources and services which has positioned the state to provide quality support at lower costs earning him the StateScoop 2016 National “Up and Comer Award” and the 2017 “State Executive of the Year.” Ed earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.