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November 9, 2021 28 min
Chris Cruz | Vertical CIO, SLED

Chris Cruz serves as Tanium’s Vertical CIO for SLED (State, Local, Education), bringing over 30 years of government and public sector leadership to the role, including tenure as the Director and CIO for the County of San Joaquin in Stockton, California. Prior to this position, he served as the State of California’s Deputy CIO, and was the CIO for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Department of Health Care Services, and was the first such leader for the Health Benefits Exchange, now referred to as Covered California.

Cruz earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from California State University at Sacramento, and a certification from the UC Davis Master’s Program in Leadership Excellence. He was recognized by State Scoop as one of the 2020 County Executive Leaders of the Year, and received national honors from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) as the 2018 State Technology Innovator of the Year.

In this episode Chris shares:

How is love of the Tanium solution and the company culture lead him to leave government after 30 years to come to Tanium.

Did his perspective about the company change once he got a chance to peek behind the curtain and become an employee.?

Learn about his Business Transformation Architecture and how it transformed a city and county and state's thinking about IT.

How the Tanium platform compliments the Business Transformation Architecture.

The importance of sales inside an organization to facilitate change.

How to get the security and operations side of the house to talk to each other and move the ball forward because the old model of IT structure is dead.

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