Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today named Britto Augustine as the Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE’s) new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). With more than 25 years of experience in information technology (IT), Augustine has spent the last five years at ADE serving most recently as the Solutions Architect behind the award-winning AzEDS student data system.
“With the demand for exceptional technology talent being so high in the Valley,” Superintendent Douglas stated, “I am ecstatic that we were able to retain an expert of Britto’s pedigree. ADE is fortunate that Britto and the rest of our award-winning technology team will continue to provide first-class innovation for all of our students and schools.”
Augustine spearheaded the 15-person team responsible for implementing and pioneering a student data collection system that earned the IT division the Gold Award at the 2017 IT World Awards, as well as the honor of being named one of the Top 100 Most Innovative IT Organizations in the world by CIO magazine. More than 20 states have visited Arizona to learn how they can replicate instantaneous student counts in their own systems.
Before joining ADE, Augustine piloted the Maricopa County Superior Court’s transition from paper to a computer-based system. He also architected the award-winning Healing Heroes content management system for Triwest Healthcare Alliance.
Augustine, whose leadership philosophy centers around “people, process and technology,” takes over the CTO role from Satish Pattisapu. Pattisapu, who began his career at ADE in 2011, was recently promoted to Chief Information Officer (CIO) after years of supervising quality assurance and software development.
Today the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) launched a new website theme. The site aims to streamline communications between ADE, schools and education professionals, and the public. In addition, the new style provides a user-friendly look including the addition of a mobile layout.
The new website theme is part of a two-year initiative by Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. During that time a federal mandate to bring the site into accessibility compliance for the disabled was issued.
“When I took office,” said Superintendent Douglas, “it was important to me that we have clear communications with the public, the people we serve. To do that effectively, I felt it was critical to update our outdated website, our first source of information. While working to that end we ensured all Arizonans receive that information. That we were thinking ahead of the federal mandate was a happy coincidence.”
ADE Information Technology (IT) was recently awarded with a Gold Award in the category of Best IT Products and Services for Education at the 2017 IT World Awards from Network Products Guide, Information Technology’s leading research and advisory guide. The awards from the Network Products Guide, which are comprised of industry and peer recognition, honor achievement in all facets of the IT industry at the world’s premier IT awards ceremony.
ADE IT staff handled every aspect of the website development and transition, meeting several requests by ADE programs areas in anticipation of local education agencies (LEAs) needs.
“We are extremely fortunate to have such a talented and innovative IT staff,” said Douglas. “They continue to show how resourceful our ADE IT department is in guaranteeing we have the best products to serve our students, our schools, and the people of Arizona.”
While the majority of ADE’s website is transitioned to the new theme, a few program areas are still making the transition. The department anticipates the full transition of the website soon. ADE invites the public to visit www.azed.gov. Feedback is welcome at www.azed.gov/beheardaz/feedback/.