2014 Annual Conference in Savannah!
Friday, May 9, 2014
The Savannah Conference will be an amazing experience for
all who attend. In addition to being against the beautiful setting of Savannah,
the conference is filled with information that can be put into practice in our
daily work environments. The blend of public sector and school IT professionals
from around the world allows for networking and learning opportunities that are
hard to come by. These opportunities make the conference worth attending in and
As the theme suggests, IT is often more of an art than a
science. The agenda contains a wide variety of topics this year in support of
this idea including Thorton May, an IT futurist and Dan O’Connor, a communication
specialist/energy vampire slayer. Scientific thought is covered as well through
topics such as mobile applications and tech lab demos. Many sessions are
presented by our peers in other organizations. One of the highlights of the
conference for me is when representatives from our sister organizations in
other countries give their presentations. This year this will be the final
session before closing keynote and Savannah River Cruise.
Speaking of cruising, the networking opportunities this year
include not only a dinner cruise, but also a Ghost Tour. Savannah ranks as one
of the most haunted cities in the United States. The city itself is built upon cemeteries
and Native American burial grounds. Savannah has survived hurricanes, battles
and disease epidemics, but it is said that the ghosts of many who did not
survive these events still remain. Please RSVP to attend this special event.
Vendors provide a wealth of information. The fact that
vendors have clients at the conference often allows attendees to understand the
product from our peers’ points of view. A fun way to engage with some of the
vendors is through speed dating. It provides a small taste of what the vendor
has to offer and then interested parties can find out more at the exhibit hall.
One final word, this event is a professional development and
educational opportunity. Attendees will be able to gain 18 PDUS (6 each day)
toward maintaining a PMP® certification and as always, the conference meets the
annual requirements to maintain a CGCIO® certification.
Special thanks go out to the Georgia State Chapter of GMIS
who have been instrumental in organizing the conference this year.
More information about this event will be forthcoming.
Registration is already open so sign up to join us in Savannah August 17th
I look forward to seeing you all in Savannah!
Laura Gonzales, CGCIO®, PMP®
2014 GMIS Annual Conference, Co-Chair