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Former Tampa CIO Joins Oracle as State and Local Government Executive

After serving as Tampa’s CIO for 12 years, Russell Haupert looks to bring his public-sector experience to the private sector as an industry executive for Oracle.

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Earlier this month, Russell Haupert announced he was stepping down as Tampa’s CIO and CTO after 12 years of service. Now he will work with the public sector in a different capacity as an industry executive for state and local government for Oracle.

Haupert announced his new role via LinkedIn, stating: “By joining the finest provider of integrated SaaS solutions to the public sector, I’ll be bringing the tools, techniques and best practices we used to successfully implement Oracle SaaS solutions at the city of Tampa, Fla., to the wider public sector community.”

While serving as Tampa’s CIO, Haupert directed a $27 million accelerated applications and infrastructure portfolio replacement plan, migrating outdated in-house technology to modern SaaS and cloud infrastructure and oversaw the city’s transition to a new data center with hybrid cloud and virtual server capabilities.

With that experience in mind, Haupert told Industry Insider — Florida via LinkedIn that he’s looking forward to bringing what he’s learned as a CIO to a broader audience.

“For the last 12 years, I’ve dedicated my efforts to one city,” Haupert said. “While that’s been rewarding, I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to bring the things we’ve learned deploying software successfully in government to a wider audience — a group that’s hungry for successful business process, change management and implementation techniques.”

As for how his prior public-sector experience will play a role in his new position, he said, “Over my career in the public sector, I’ve seen implementations of great software hit incredible challenges while implementations of mediocre software succeeded. The common denominator to successful software implementation begins in the organization — with good governance, management participation, communication, effective training and organizational change management.”

Moving forward, Haupert said he looks forward to working with the public sector in various capacities.

“I’ll be joining a strategic public sector team in expanding educational efforts at conferences, through social media and online seminars, advising an already knowledgeable sales team, and being available as a strategic asset to customers interested in implementing Oracle software,” he said.


Katya Diaz is an Orlando-based e.Republic staff writer. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in global strategic communications from Florida International University.