Mark Boyer, Alaska CIO, Joins Cisco

Mark Boyer, who has been commissioner of Alaska's Department of Administration, has joined Cisco Systems Inc. as public-sector senior manager. In this new role he joins Michele Grisham, who is a member of the public-sector consulting team within Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group.

Boyer and Grisham will form what they describe as "an evangelism team" that offers pre-sales consulting, at no charge, to state and local governments. "We want to link the best practices from industry and the public sector," Grisham said. "Cisco believes this is a smart investment to make to grow future business."

Initially, the pair will concentrate on three applications: Internet procurement, vehicle licensing and renewals, and permits and other licenses.

In Alaska, Boyer moved the state's renewal of auto licenses online, changing the process from one that cost the state about $5 per transaction and took hours to one that costs less than a $1 and takes only seconds.

Boyer and Grisham will target a small group of states and localities as potential customers for Cisco's service. "This is meant to deliver value," Grisham said. "We want to work closely with our industry partners in building solutions. We are not growing a consulting practice. We want to evangelize and help grow the market."

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