On his arrival as CIO of the state of Oklahoma two years ago, Pettit was charged by the state to decrease IT spending by 15 percent. When it became apparent the original plan could not meet the target date, Oklahoma’s June, 2011 Information Technology Consolidation and Coordination Act rolled up all 72 data centers, 356 networks, 129 email servers and 30,000 end points directly to Pettit's office.

“We’ve gone from 1190 positions in 2009 to 1062 as of July 2011," Pettit says. "By the end of this fiscal year in July of this year I expect IT costs to be lower by 17 to 20 percent.”

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