D.C. CTO pushes for culture change

"Innovation needs to come from each and every person, and each and every role," District of Columbia CTO Archana Vemulapalli said.

The District of Columbia is shifting its culture to focus on innovation and becoming more agile, according toDistrict of Columbia CTOArchana Vemulapalli.

If you build into people’s mindset that innovation needs to come from each and every person, and each and every role, I think you have a lot more value. I think that cultural alignment is whats driven really great ideas and thats what were hoping to do, shetold StateScoop TVat the VMware Public Sector Innovation Summit.

Vemulapalli said sheopened up her calendar to meet with people working at all levels of her department, hoping to hear creative solutions to the office’s challenges.

Some of the best ideas of how we can improve and bring efficiencies about comes from people who have done it for eight, 10 years, Vemulapalli said.

Using those ideas and making your peace with the speed that technology changes allows the department to become more nimble and course correct, she said,so that if technology shifts, we can rapidly shift without too much of a cost.