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Member Spotlight: City of Douglasville, Georgia

Monday, May 12, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Karen Knight, Communications Coordinator

GMIS member since 1990’s.  I started around 2001.

Number of IT Staff: 3

Population: 30,961 (2010 Census)

IT Budget: $950,000.00


Q1. What has been a significant technology achievement for you or your organization?
Douglasville has had several achievements in this past year.  One is the beginning implementation of SunGard’s OneSolution for our financial services.  We have been on “green screen” since 1995 and our goal is to go live on July 1.  In 2013, Douglasville received a couple of grants from Google and with these grants we deployed free, public WiFi in our downtown area and two of our City parks.  We also deployed a computer lab at Davis Park (we just had the grand opening for the lab on May 5).  


Q2. What Future Initiatives are you hoping to accomplish in the next year?
To establish a disaster recovery system and to continue research and implementation of terminal servers and thin clients.


Q3. Best advice you could offer your fellow members is….
Be involved with GMIS and your local state chapter!  It is one of the best sources of IT information and the support you receive is invaluable!  GMIS is great!


Q4. We all know GMIS membership is worth its weight in gold but what do you feel is the best benefit you get out of GMIS? 
There are many benefits to GMIS but one of the best is the networking.  When you attend a conference, whether the International or your state chapter, you can’t beat the camaraderie of sharing ideas, problems, and just relaxing with like-minded individuals.  From these networking events I have made many friends in the industry that I can count on for advice and have called on them many times.   


I look forward to seeing everyone in Savannah!

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