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Federal, State, and Local Symantec Government Visionaries Recognized

Created: 31 Jul 2008 • Updated: 02 Mar 2009
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As part of our Symantec Government Symposium 2008, Symantec named three Visionary recipients in each public sector category: Federal, State, and Local. Visionary award winners are selected based on criteria that include technology innovation, tangible business value, and the role of Symantec partners and services. With many public sector IT budgets and staff allocations remaining static, or in many cases, shrinking, it takes new and interesting approaches to be successful in IT management. Ten Visionary Award winners were recognized at the Vision event in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 10, 2008.
The Envelope Please
Each of our three Visionary recipients faced some stiff competition. Their use of technology, ability to tie the business to technology initiatives, and interest in driving business value across various constituents are just a few of the compelling factors that led to their selection. Without further ado, please join us in congratulating this year’s Symantec Government Visionaries:
Local Government Visionary
Jeff Porter
IT Infrastructure Director, Fairfax County Government
Jeff Porter, IT infrastructure director for Fairfax County Government in Virginia, led a massive overhaul of the county’s IT infrastructure using Symantec technologies, with solutions ranging from an email archiving and e-discovery, to compliance management, to endpoint security, to mail security, to high availability and disaster recovery. Key results of his efforts include approximately $4 million in hardware costs, IT staff productivity gains, and end-user efficiency improvements.  
State Government Visionary
Ken Theis
CIO, State of Michigan 
Ken Theis, chief information officer for the State of Michigan, led initiatives within his organization to reduce backup-and-restore costs, streamline endpoint security, and optimize messaging management. Business value includes: consolidation of backup and restore with Veritas NetBackup that reduced associated TCO by 30 percent, equating to an immediate savings of $320,000, and a $240,000 in labor cost avoidance; enhanced endpoint security using Symantec Critical Systems Protection and Symantec Network Access Control that helps the state avoid $42,000 in labor cost for each averted intrusion and reduced monthly system downtime due to security incidents from 16 hours to 4.5 hours; and a more than 30 percent reduction in the backup window for Microsoft Exchange using single-instance archiving and compression technologies in Symantec Enterprise Vault. 
Federal Government Visionary
Craig Woods
Manager of Technology Support, United States Postal Service
Craig Woods, the manager of Technology Support for the United States Postal Service, saved his organization nearly $1 million by revamping its security infrastructure. He teamed up with Juniper Networks and Symantec Consulting Services to create a technology solution that provides USPS with a comprehensive view of its threat landscape in real time, while significantly increasing efficiencies and improving employee productivity.
Download and listen to a podcast interview with Mark L.S. Mullins, manager of Symantec’s Customer Reference Program, who discusses the Symantec Visionary Award Program and some of the ways in which the three Symantec Government Visionaries are using Symantec technologies to deliver tangible business value to their respective constituents.