Long Beach (Calif.) Evolves its IT Workforce, Platforms and Focus

Millennial workers without tech backgrounds and coding on their phones -- this isn't your father's IT shop.
by Steve Towns | August 28, 2015 AT 6:00 PM

With baby boomers gradually leaving the government IT workforce, public agencies are scrambling to attract a new generation of employees. Long Beach, Calif., CIO Bryan Sastokas says he’s working to attract millennial employees by adopting open source and cloud-based platforms, and emphasizing community-focused initiatives. Sastokas also is hiring more employees who lack traditional IT backgrounds, and the result of that, he says, is a shift toward agile, business-centric solutions. Sastokas talked about his department’s workforce evolution in an interview during Government Technology’s Los Angeles Digital Government Summit earlier this week.