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Program Update October 13, 2021

Software Procurement

The BEST program is currently engaged in Procurement of a System Integrator. All bidder responses are due November 5, 2021. We look forward to presentations next month and will be working with the Evaluation Committee to evaluate Bidders' responses. While we work on this we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Program Management Office (PMO).

Meet the PMO

Our Program Management Office is a team of 10, made up of 9 functional leads and one program manager. The PMO team reports to our Executive Sponsors, A&F, CTR, and EOTSS. You’ll see our faces popping up in zoom calls and see our name in email blasts, but let’s take a moment to get to know some of our team members!

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Name: Chris Guido

Title: Technology Lead

Where are you from? Currently living in Wellesley by way of Cambridge, Wayland, and Teaneck, NJ.

Tell us a little bit about your role on the team: The technology space on the BEST program consists of: identity management, security, external application interfaces and integration, data conversion, and data delivery through dashboards and reports.

What are you working on right now? The past several months the entire team has been working on procuring for the BEST program’s solution for software and system integrator services. Other procurements which I have been more directly involved with is for an Independent Verification and Validation partner and Accessibility Assessment/Testing partner. Next we will be working on preparing for data migration from the Commonwealth current solutions to the selected solution.

What were you doing prior to BEST? Prior to BEST I served as a Deputy Comptroller and CIO for the Office of the Comptroller.

What do you like best? (Any hobbies, TV Shows, Sports Teams you love?) My favorite things to do is spend times with my family and friends riding bikes, going to the beach or just going out to lunch or dinner. My favorite hobby is deep sea fishing. I’m a fan of the Patriots and Celtics and Bruins during playoff time.

Do you have a favorite spot for lunch? Someplace warm and on the water.


Name: Tatiana Peralta

Title: Risk and Compliance Lead

Where are you from? Dominican Republic

Tell us a little bit about your role on the team: I support the analysis of new business software and procedures to ensure they are in alignment with industry best practices and are compliant with the Commonwealth's fiscal laws. This involves work on identifying and mitigating risk across all business functions.

What are you working on right now? I've been working with the rest of the team on assessing materials related to Software Procurement and developing documents for the evaluation of System Integrator responses.

What were you doing prior to BEST? With a background in the private sector, I’ve been working at the Office of the Comptroller for the past 9 years, and I am also currently the Chief Risk Officer with the Risk Management Team there.

What do you like best? (Any hobbies, TV Shows, Sports Teams you love?) I love working out and anything involving physical activity. Also can’t wait for Football season – Go Pats!

Do you have a favorite spot for lunch? All Seasons restaurant in Malden.