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Tony Batalla

Tony Batalla is the Chief Technology Officer for the city of San Leandro, overseeing the Innovation Office and Information Technology Division. He has worked in IT since 2007, first in the private sector as a systems administrator, systems engineer and IT manager, and since 2014 for the city. He was promoted to the newly created CTO position in April 2019.  

The changes wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic have forced government technologists and leaders to adapt — but how many of these changes will endure? And what opportunities are emerging for technology vendors as a result?
Government IT, with industry's help, delivered big in adapting to the first round of changes under COVID. But digital transformation is a marathon. Those who can maintain urgency will succeed in the future. Those who don’t sustain it will fade away.
"Tech vendors should stop creating, designing, and marketing their own smart city visions. Just stop. Instead, they should collaborate with public-sector agencies and understand what they truly need and then help them to develop powerful technology and smart city visions of their own, utilizing technology to achieve those goals."