Department of FISCal IT Staff Accept Awards

March 1, 2018
Contact: Shanda Thorntona (916) 576-5079

SACRAMENTO –Four Information Technology professionals from the Department of FISCal received IT Leadership Awards at the February 28 California Public Sector CIO Academy conference in Sacramento.

The California Public Sector CIO Academy is sponsored by Government Technology for California’s senior level technology executives to improve their management and business skills and to develop IT leaders of the future.

The IT Leadership Awards honor individuals who led effective teams, most faithfully served their organizations and constituencies, exhibited innovative thinking, and promoted information sharing and collaboration across California government.

The following FI$Cal staff received IT Leadership Awards:

Greg Kakigi, Chief of Software Platform Services, IT Division – Kakigi implemented a cloud-based solution to support FI$Cal’s training system, University of FI$Cal, which enabled 10,000 state end users to receive FI$Cal system training. Additionally, he led the migration of FI$Cal’s award-winning Budgets system to private cloud and FI$Cal’s internal SharePoint to Office 365. Under Kakigi’s leadership, state staff have successfully taken over significant portions of software operations from contracting staff.

Kanuri Murty, Chief of Business Intelligence and Analytics Services, IT Division – Murty demonstrated exceptional vision and leadership by building a state-of-the-art Transparency Website which is designed to enhance California’s financial transparency. Additionally, Kanuri developed solutions to support the data needs of 2018 release departments. He demonstrated excellent collaboration with stakeholders in delivering solutions that enable FI$Cal to serve constituents better.

Raymond Esquer, Chief of On-Site Support Services, BOSD – Esquer demonstrated exceptional leadership in providing dedicated support to FI$Cal Departments in their Month End and Year End close processes. His collaboration with FI$Cal’s partners and internal teams contributed to excellent customer service. Esquer developed a comprehensive training plan and ensured that his team is trained and prepared to support end users with FI$Cal functionality.

Anand Surve, Chief of Project Management Office, SCPMD – Over the past year, Surve has implemented numerous process improvements within FI$Cal’s Project Management Office, leading to improved project delivery and governance. He led the development and adoption of FI$Cal’s Agile guidelines. These Agile guidelines are actively used by Agile delivery teams to successfully manage and deliver multiple projects and keep FI$Cal’s implementation timeline on track.

The Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) was developed as a joint project among four Partner Agencies—Department of Finance, Department of General Services, State Controller’s Office, and State Treasurer’s Office—for the purpose of integrating, improving, and reengineering the state’s financial management processes.