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Former IBM and HP chief architect hired as State Chief Enterprise Architect

The California Technology Agency has hired a former IBM and HP IT professional as the new State Chief Enterprise Architect, the agency confirmed today.

Subbarao Mupparaju, who started in the position on June 4, has worked in the information technology industry for more than 20 years, he said today.

Subbarao Mupparaju, State Chief Architect, California Technology Agency

Mupparaju began his career with a consultancy services company in India in 1992, and continued with IBM after moving to the United States in 1996. Mupparaju said he worked on the Child Welfare Services / Case Management System for the Office of System Integration as a chief architect for IBM.

After working briefly as an architect for IBM’s Gap, Inc. account, Mupparaju moved to HP in 2008 and worked as the Chief Architect for the California DMV IT Modernization Project. He held the position until taking the position as Enterprise Architect.

"As you can see, for over 15 years I have been working on state and local government projects while working for IBM and HP," Mupparaju said of his professional background. "I have always enjoyed working with state government projects because it actually means something at the end of the day. So I was looking for something to become a civil servant and this position turned out to be something that I am interested in."

Unlike previous positions working for specific state government agencies and departments, Mupparju said he looks forward to helping "many departments and agencies."

In May, the Technology Agency was reviewing applications for the Enterprise Architect position. The position, previously held by Lee Mosbrucker, was advertised in April after being vacant for about 9 months, Gregory Franklin, Assistant Secretary for Health Information Technology, said at the time.

The Enterprise Architect will continue an effort within the state to develop a statewide architectural framework and standardize certain elements of technology, Franklin said. The Agency sought an applicant with 5-10 years experience, knowledge of programming languages and experience in a large environment similar to that of state government, he said.

Mupparju will work under Franklin, who said in May that he will work to rebuild the position’s function within the Technology Agency.