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Samir Saini

Commissioner and CIO at City Of Atlanta


Samir began his career with the General Electric Company (GE) graduating from its highly regarded Information Management Program (IMLP). After IMLP, he assumed numerous leadership roles at GE headquarters in Fairfield, CT and its Energy division based in Atlanta, GA. While at GE Energy, Samir took his first divisional CIO role at age 25 supporting a $250M temporary power business called GE Energy Rentals.Following this role, he was positioned to build an internal IT shared services organization providing centralized Oracle ERP implementation services to GE Energy Services, the largest business unit under GE Energy. While at GE, he continued his leadership development efforts graduating from numerous programs delivered thru GE’s highly recognized Crotonville training center.Following his 9-year career with GE, Samir moved to Las Vegas, NV where he worked for MGM Resorts International (MGM) as Vice President for Corporate Systems. In this role, Samir was responsible for the successful implementation of the largest back office technology standardization initiative in the gaming sector across 17 casino resorts. Following this role, Samir was seeking a position where he could leverage technology to deliver transformational social change at a local level. He moved back to Atlanta and accepted a position as the SVP, CIO for the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA), the first housing authority in USA with a nationally recognized model to de-concentrate poverty for low-income families by providing housing in market rate, mixed income communities established thru private-sector partnerships. While at AHA, Samir lead a Transformation initiative that significantly reduced the agencies operating costs,improved regulatory reporting, and improved overall service delivery and business productivity. Continuing his firm commitment to service the public at a local level, Samir is currently the Commissioner and CIO for the City of Atlanta. As CIO, Samir is accountable for information technology services for all 25 city departments to include Public Safety, Justice, Operations, Administration, and Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l Airport. 

City of Atlanta Accomplishments to Date:

- Developed 3-year strategic plan and roadmap

- Improved overall system availability and customer-service quality by 30%

- Successfully re-organized and re-branded the IT department into a ‘bi-modal’IT structure with 5 service delivery areas to support 32 city departments

- Integrated 3 Service desk group into single shared service team

- Integrated 2 Infrastructure & Operations teams in a single shared service team

- Established an enterprise PMO and performance management teams· Established an Information Security Office (ISO) and operationalized threat,vulnerability, and compliance mgmt. services· Established a centralized Smart City team

- Established project and technology architecture governance· Migrated Legacy Oracle ERP to the Cloud ensuring 99.9% availability and 200% performance improvement

- Migrated Legacy on-prem Exchange environment to Office 365 Cloud

- Upgraded 6500 PCs from XP (EOL) to Windows 7

- Upgraded 300 Windows 2003 (EOL) to 2012

- Upgraded EOL core network switches for General Fund

- Achieved ITIL 3.0 Foundations training and certification for 100% IT staff

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