SA CIO jumps ship to IBM, Mills takes over

SA CIO jumps ship to IBM, Mills takes over

The customer becomes the vendor with in-house expertise

The former CIO for the state government of South Australia, Grantly Mailes, has added himself to the long list of IT customers defecting to vendorland by joining the ranks of IBM's global services division in Melbourne while Andrew Mills has been appointed as his replacement.

Mailes, who spent nearly three years as SA's first whole-of-government CIO, resigned late last year with the intention of returning to his home state of Victoria.

In an e-mail to colleagues, Mailes said his time in Adelaide was "very rewarding", but he is now looking forward to this "next stage" of his career.

"Many of you have contributed to my career in South Australia as a colleague, partner, supplier or mentor, for which I thank you sincerely," Mailes said. "I look forward to staying in contact with you."

While SA government CIO, Mailes instituted a number of core IT initiatives, including a consolidation of the state's services contracts with outsourcer EDS, and a $500,000 whole-of-government mobility pilot.

With 15 years of IT management behind him, including six with technology and management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton leading the ICT practice selling services into government, Mailes joins IBM with the knowledge and connections to court government IT buyers.

A spokesperson for the government CIO office in South Australia confirmed to Computerworld Andrew Mills was appointed as the new CIO of the state in December last year.

Mills declined to be interviewed at the time of writing.

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