Center for Digital Government Awards California Departments for IT Collaboration on Cannabis

FOLSOM, CA – The Center for Digital Government presented the Best of California Awards during the California Digital Government Summit on September 18, 2018.The award for Best Information Technology Collaboration Among Organizations was presented to Jason Piccione, Chief Information Officer of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. This award showcased the collaboration between California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Food and Agriculture, Department of Public Health, and Department of Technology.

Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP) congratulates California for this well-deserved award and monumental achievement to successfully launch the new systems required to regulate the legalization of adult-use marijuana ahead of the legislative deadline of January 1, 2018.

VIP is proud of its role as the prime contractor and system integrator working in collaboration with the CA Department of Consumer Affairs and CA Department of Food and Agriculture in successfully configuring and deploying the systems that support commercial cannabis licensing for retailers, distributors as well as cultivators.

To power the solution, VIP teamed with Accela to deploy its Civic platform specifically tailored for licensing. The strong collaboration and client executive sponsorship, the ease of configurability of the software platform, and VIP’s proven agile/scrum approach allowed these mission critical technology solutions to be implemented with an accelerated nine-month timeline.

“We had the world looking at us,” said Jason Piccione, CIO of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. “Collaboration was key here. Using an agile methodology meant setting up an iterative, customer-centric process, with frequent check-ins between the IT team, the Bureau of Cannabis Control within the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public Health.”

“The only way it’s possible to deploy technology solutions of this magnitude with an accelerated nine-month timeline is with highly talented staff, tight management of the deployment, extraordinary collaboration, and unwavering executive sponsorship,” said Jonna Ward, CEO of VIP. “We had all four.”

About VIP

Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP) provides industry-leading management consulting, system integration, and technology deployment solutions. VIP helps its clients strengthen mission outcomes by combining deep industry specialization, agility to adapt as needed, and an unwavering commitment to client satisfaction. VIP brings expertise in how to deploy systems that align people, processes, and technology to accelerate strategic change and to deliver business results in partnership with its clients. Since 1996, VIP has worked with over 1,200 public sector and commercial clients. For more information, visit

About Accela

Accela provides market-leading SaaS solutions that empower state and local governments to build thriving communities, attract and grow businesses, and protect citizens. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with additional offices around the world. For more information, visit

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Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP)