Boyette, DIT Honored at 2019 NC Tech Awards


The North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NC DIT) was honored by NC TECH, a professional association dedicated to promoting technology and innovation in North Carolina, at its 2019 Awards Gala Thursday, Nov. 21, in Raleigh.

Eric Boyette, secretary of the NC DIT and state chief information officer (CIO) was named Public Sector CIO of the Year by NC TECH for the organization’s annual awards. He is one of eight people recognized for their accomplishments and impact on the tech sector in North Carolina.

DIT also won the inaugural Public Sector Project award for its Cloud Services project. This project was a centralized effort to provide state agencies, universities and local governments a way to seamlessly integrate services from cloud vendors into their IT environments. DIT has already assisted several agencies with moving their services to the cloud and is continuing to help them grow as future needs arise.

“This is the second year in a row the department has been recognized by NC TECH,” said Boyette. “It goes to show that DIT is doing great work when it comes to connecting residents to state services and making sure that they have everything they need to thrive in a 21st- century economy.”  

Boyette has been the secretary and state CIO since 2017. He leads DIT in providing IT procurement services, state cybersecurity, broadband infrastructure, digital solutions, data analytics, the N.C. 911 Board and strategic IT planning for the state. He currently serves as chairman of the N.C. 911 Board and as president of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. He is also a member of both the Governor’s North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation and the Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.

Prior to his current role, Boyette held several leadership roles in the N.C. Department of Transportation, including chief information officer, inspector general and Division of Motor Vehicles commissioner.