2016 Featured Speakers


Change Management: Real Life Experience

Caroline Ayyad

IT Support Analyst, Forsyth County Public Health

As an IT Support Analyst in Forsyth County Public Health is responsible for strategy, application and day to day management of technology solutions. She is a twenty five year of IT services and process improvement. Prior to this appointment at Public Health, Caroline served as IT System Analyst in Dieblod Inc., Project Coordinator at TIMCO "Aircraft maintenance company".

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The purpose of this presentation is for management to gain a better understanding of the utilization of correspondence in an organization experiencing change, to find out what are the barriers to change and to explore resistance and how can overcome it. Conclusions were drawn based on managers and supervisors perception of how resistance to change should be prevented and handled once it happens.

Workshop: Ten Stress-Free Practices to a Stellar Project Business Case

Mike Baca

Chief Information Officer, NM Taxation & Revenue Department

Mike is the CIO of NM Tax and Rev. Department. Prior to that he was the Director of NM’s Department of Information Technology’s Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO). He has over 25 years of experience in the information technology industry. In formation of the EPMO, Mike worked directly under NM’s State CIO’s focusing on legislative policy, technology budgeting, and developing the State’s project management capabilities. Significant milestones include the passage of legislation consolidating technology in NM under the Department of Information Technology, NM’s Sunshine laws, and a long history of successful business case and technology appropriations. Before joining the state CIO, Mike contributed technology solutions to the world of health policy including NM’s implementation and compliance with HIPAA and the Y2K phenomena. He has worked under five state CIO’s and three governors. Mike consults regularly but has recently been called in to provide oversight and guidance on a new custom development endeavor called “Grandchild 1.0.”

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The tools and skillsets you will learn and practice in this workshop will enhance your ability to sell a project, keep your stakeholders engaged, and keep your team motivated. This workshop utilizes real-world experiences, team activities, and The Martian to demonstrate and leverage ten dynamic skills that evolve an ordinary business case into a living business case with a strategic execution plan.

Big Data Solutions

Fabian Dominguez

Big Data Solution Architect, SHI

Fabian Dominguez is a big data specialist with experience working with Apache Hadoop, IBM, HP, EMC, Oracle, VMWare, Splunk Tableau, and other business solutions. As a Big Data Solution Architect for SHI, Fabian provides pre-sales, technical support to the SHI sales team and customers as they pursue big data, database, or software solutions.

Fabian joined SHI in 2012 after 15 years as a database administrator for Johnson & Johnson. He is an Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) in SQL Server and Certified Netware Administrator (CNA), and is also certified in HP Vertica and HP Operation Manager Workstation (OMW).

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Abstract:

The amount of available data has exploded in the past years due to Social Media, Digital Transformation, Internet of Everything (IoE) as well as the vast spread of software systems and Web applications. With all this data and the promise we can make data-driven decision is now being widely acknowledged as the competitive advantage as well as broadly accepted in all phasets of our lives like Education, Government, Medicine and Business with a continued hype and interest of the promises and opportunity the Big Data phenomenum will bring.

No doubt, Big Data has become a key driver for innovation and growth that relies on disruptive technologies such as Mobility, Internet of Everything, Cloud Data Center and most important Analytics. Hence, Big Data is now a very important component to foster productivity growth in the world since it is affecting not only software-intensive industries but Society general, Health and Public services, Education, Law enforcement and administrations in general.

While the promise of Big Data is real, there is currently a gap between the challenges and opportunity and the understanding of Big Data. There are several challenges dealing with the all the data and how to integrate, clean the data and how to process it. Hence, a strong governance and decision process needs to be in place to manage the challenges so we can realize all the insight and opportunity from Big data.

Go Beyond Inefficiency to Innovation: Driving Better Business Outcomes with Hyperconvergence

Bill Dunn

Regional Sales Manager, SimpliVity

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Kevin Senh
Solutions Architect, SimpliVity

Kevin Senh is a Solutions Architect with SimpliVity Corporation. He has over 20 years of experience in architecting, consulting, and selling in the IT infrastructure area.

 

Abstract:

The need to innovate is a reality in businesses today – and so is the challenge of managing IT costs and complexity. Join SimpliVity for a live presentation as we show you how to go beyond the high cost and complexity of IT infrastructure to a new approach with measurable results. Specifically designed for IT decision makers, this presentation will arm you with the information and tools you need to build your business case for stakeholders: • Greater Business Agility: Decrease time-to-market and increase focus on strategic initiatives • Impact On Your Bottom Line: Reduce CAPEX and OPEX, and minimize TCO • Improving Your Operational Efficiency: Reduce complexity, risk, resource and time requirements for IT You’ll walk away with a quick and comprehensive perspective on how Simplivity hyperconvergence can help you drive significant business, operational, and financial benefits. 

The Evolution of GIS: From Digital Mapping to Spatial IT

Atanas Entchev

GIS Specialist, Township of Franklin

Atanas has been developing and implementing GIS in local government since 1992. He holds an MS in urban planning from Rutgers University, and is currently a GIS Specialist at the Township of Franklin.

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This presentation will look at the technical, organizational, and business aspects of GIS in local government through a case study of GIS in Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey. We will examine the past, present, and future state of GIS, and will share personal experiences and lessons learned.

How Princeton, NJ uses SeamlessDocs to Improve Citizen Service & Streamline form Processing

Michael Fulvio
Director of Customer Service, SeamlessDocs

Michael Fulvio started as a Customer Success Representative at SeamlessDocs at the very beginning when the company signed up it's first government. 2 years later and over hundreds of governments later, he is now the Director of Customer Success with a team of success specialists. As the Director of Success, he is responsible for the implementation of our government partners subscriptions. He ensures that our partners are successful and that they get the most out of their subscription. You can think of him as a Government Form Guru.

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Bob McQueen
Chief Information Officer, Township of Princeton

Robert McQueen, Chief Information Officer, started in the Township of Princeton as a 911 Communications officer in 1998. Shortly after construction began on a new municipal building. Technology in the Township was handled by a single police officer at that time. As the construction moved forward, that officer needed additional assistance with the technology needs. So Bob was given a position of Technology Coordinator. Bob assisted with setting up the new network and technology infrastructure in the new municipal building, and in 2006 the Township established a department of Information Technology. Bob was offered the position of IT Director. In 2010 Bob graduated from the CGCIO program offered through the University of North Carolina, and his official title was changed to Chief Information Officer. New Jersey has numerous towns that are considered donut holes. This means that one town sits in the middle of another larger community. The Governor is pressing for these towns to consolidate into one community in an effort to reduce taxes. The Borough of Princeton NJ and The Township of Princeton NJ are consolidated into one municipality in January 2013. Bob was the CIO in charge of all of the technology aspects for this consolidation. He is working closely with a Technology Subcommittee in managing this project. Currently there are 566 municipalities in the state of New Jersey, and this is the first time two municipalities have come together as one. Bob has been a member of NJ GMIS since 2007 and has served as Municipal Rep, President, and currently Vice President. Bob represents NJGMIS by speaking at various conferences throughout the state each year. 

 

Abstract:

Join us in the TechLab to see how the SeamlessDocs platform allowed Princeton, NJ to bring 87 forms online which improved citizen service and internal efficiency. By converting paper forms into smarter online versions, the entire process from creation to completion to storage is done online. This eliminates faxing, scanning, data entry and filing cabinets.

Mobilization of the end-user and its Impact on IT Infrastructure & What is Ransomware and How You Can Defend Your Organization From It

Don Hanson

President and Chief Technology Officer, Consolidated Computing, Inc.

Don is the President and Chief Technology Officer of Consolidated Computing. His company specializes in providing solutions from the desktop to the datacenter for local government clients. Consolidated Computing is all about helping his clients "do more with less infrastructure" and has numerous clients in the northeast utilizing his split datacenter (shared computing) designs. Don is the past President of SIM Central CT and has been a featured speaker for several CT GMIS meetings and events.

Connor Brawley
Sales Engineer, Datto Inc.

Connor is a Sales Engineer at Datto in Norwalk, CT. Connor will discuss and demonstrate how quickly you can recover from malicious attacks or end user mistakes with the right business continuity solution in place. How to say "no thanks" to a CryptoLocker Virus and an accompanied Ransome note. How and why you want to consider backing up your Office 365 and Gmail data.

 

Abstract:

Let’s face it, thanks to the smartphone and other factors, today’s worker has changed. Most end users don’t want to be tied to the desk, they want to be mobilized. They want to do their work on the go, from home, the office, on the road or up in the air. They know what applications they need and they will use whatever device is handy to get to their data. It has become anywhere, anytime, any device access to end user data and it is increasingly evident that they don’t like to wait. How can we as IT leaders enable this change for the end user? How can we accelerate them in the back office while also addressing the separation of business and personal data? How can we deliver a fast, yet secure computing environment for today’s end user?

Talking Like a Leader: Perception is Truth

Anthony Huey

President, Communicate Clearly

Anthony Huey is a highly-rated international speaker and communications consultant who offers session attendees pragmatic communications tools, tips and techniques they can use immediately. His career includes tenures as a news reporter, magazine senior editor, crisis management specialist, media relations consultant and executive speech coach.

Anthony leads Reputation Management, LLC , one of the nation’s leading communications training and crisis consulting companies. He has presented nearly 2,000 keynote speeches, workshops and seminars on a number of timely communications topics that executives can incorporate into both their professional and personal lives.

His direct client work includes a wide variety of advertising, public relations and communications initiatives for hundreds of trade associations, municipalities and companies, including Nike, Victoria’s Secret, Eli Lilly, Nationwide Insurance, The Kroger Company, and Procter & Gamble.

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Abstract:

The old adage, perception is reality, has never been more true than in today’s superficial, hyper-critical and social media-driven world. Studies increasingly show that perception trumps facts when people make judgements of others. For today’s business leaders, communicating clearly – both interpersonally and organizationally – is often the number one driver in controlling that perception. This session, popular as a keynote, gives executives pragmatic keys to swaying internal and external perception in their favor.

Leadership and Accountability When It Matters

Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.)

Legendary Commander of USS Cole and Author of Front Burner

The privilege and burden of leadership comes with a level of accountability that many aspire to emulate and anyone can rise up to and achieve. Using a devastating suicide terrorist attack as a backdrop, Commander Kirk Lippold will convey how the principle of integrity created an environment for leadership where his crew felt imbued with a sense of ownership, seizing the opportunity to be responsible for their ship and not just their jobs. Their own sense of personal accountability and leadership proved to be a guiding principle in the crucible of combat. Lippold will share why his “Five Pillars of Leadership” are must-have business tenets for any team.

 

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Abstract:

The privilege and burden of leadership comes with a level of accountability that many aspire to emulate and anyone can rise up to and achieve. Using a devastating suicide terrorist attack as a backdrop, Commander Kirk Lippold conveys how the principle of integrity created an environment for leadership where his crew felt imbued with a sense of ownership, seizing the opportunity to be responsible for their ship and not just their jobs. Their own sense of personal accountability and leadership proved to be a guiding principle in the crucible of combat. Lippold shares why his “Five Pillars of Leadership” are must-have business tenets for any team.

Storing Large Video: Body Cams, Dash Cams and Surveillance

Philip Lisk
Director Information Technology, Bergen County Sheriff's Office

Philip Lisk is a motivated and dedicated technology driven leader. Philip has years of 30 years of experience in designing and managing projects for varied clientele throughout the United States. These clients ranged from small businesses to large organizations. Philip has successfully managed complex hardware and software development projects and has met or exceeded expectations by working with stakeholders, sponsors, and customers to deliver projects on time and under budget. Philip Lisk is the Director of Information Technology for the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. His diverse responsibilities include supervising, and servicing all the varied networks that include an intermingled data and security network. Philip also serves as the primary technical and security storage consultant to the county of Bergen for video and data security needs.

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How to effectively and efficiently storage large video. In today's ever expanding quest for recordings this seminar will dicuss how to properly plan, maintain and ensure access to video data.

The Journey to Becoming a Smart Municipality

Jack McCoy
Chief Information Officer, Town of Manchester

Jack McCoy is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Town of Manchester, a Top 10 National Digital City Survey Award winner.

  • Initiated Connecticut’s first city-wide fiber optic municipal and education “dark fiber” network interconnecting all municipal, education and public safety facilities in Manchester along with city/private partnerships in public WiFi (landmark “Municipal Gain” law suit won).
  • Advocated successfully through GMIS, CCM and CRCOG for State legislation to allow all municipal operations (Ed, Public Safety and even Private entities) to interconnect across all Connecticut cities over the state’s fiber optic Connecticut Nutmeg Network.
  • Supported the addition of the “for any use” phrase to the municipal gain law in Connecticut that is hoped to be a point of city leverage for bringing “Fiber To The Premise – FTTP” to the state residents and businesses.
These are all steps toward currently advocating for the CableCo-TelCo-Wireless industry to bring affordable fiber-to-the-home Gig-a-bit Internet into Connecticut as an economic asset and educational enabler for the Smart City.

Sabina Sitaru
Chief Innovation Officer, City of Hartford

Sabina Sitaru serves as the Chief Innovation Officer of a unique consolidation of information technology services encapsulating both the City of Hartford Connecticut and the Hartford Public School District business operations. Sabina has 20 years of Education and Government Information Technology experience concentrating on Program Management and Innovation. Her areas of specialization include Business Process Improvement through the effective use of strategic planning of technology. Over the past few years she has been involved in implementing the concepts of the Smarter Cities Council Readiness Guide in the City of Hartford’s initiative to make Hartford a Smarter City. Over this period and through the Smarter Cities Council’s Mentoring Hartford has also become the first city in the State of Connecticut to issue an Open Data Executive order and launch an open data portal: http://data.hartford.gov/ Sabina has a BS in Accounting from Post University and completed her Masters in Information Technology Management in 2009 from the Keller Graduate School of Management at Devry University. She is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and became a Project Management Professional (PMP) June 27th, 2011.

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Scott Roberts
Chief Information Officer / Director of Information Technology, Town of South Windsor

Scott Roberts has served as the Chief Information Officer / Director of Information Technology in the Town of South Windsor since 2005. Prior to his employment with the Town, Mr. Roberts was a project manager with Fuss & O’Neill, where he provided GIS consulting services to many agencies and communities throughout New England. He currently serves as the Connecticut President of GMIS. He served as a member of the Connecticut GIS Council and many of its subcommittees from 2005 - 2013. Mr. Roberts has an A.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.S. in Surveying Engineering from the University of Maine. He received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of New Haven in 2015.


 

Abstract:

Many municipalities have embraced the "smart city" concept in recent years, but definitions of the term -- and examples of the ways technology is being used to make cities "smart" -- run the gamut. Come join this panel of CIO's in the discussion and shared stories about their municipalities Journey.

Saving Time and Money with Data Driven Decisions

Bob McQueen
Chief Information Officer, Township of Princeton

Robert McQueen, Chief Information Officer, started in the Township of Princeton as a 911 Communications officer in 1998. Shortly after construction began on a new municipal building. Technology in the Township was handled by a single police officer at that time. As the construction moved forward, that officer needed additional assistance with the technology needs. So Bob was given a position of Technology Coordinator. Bob assisted with setting up the new network and technology infrastructure in the new municipal building, and in 2006 the Township established a department of Information Technology. Bob was offered the position of IT Director. In 2010 Bob graduated from the CGCIO program offered through the University of North Carolina, and his official title was changed to Chief Information Officer. New Jersey has numerous towns that are considered donut holes. This means that one town sits in the middle of another larger community. The Governor is pressing for these towns to consolidate into one community in an effort to reduce taxes. The Borough of Princeton NJ and The Township of Princeton NJ are consolidated into one municipality in January 2013. Bob was the CIO in charge of all of the technology aspects for this consolidation. He is working closely with a Technology Subcommittee in managing this project. Currently there are 566 municipalities in the state of New Jersey, and this is the first time two municipalities have come together as one. Bob has been a member of NJ GMIS since 2007 and has served as Municipal Rep, President, and currently Vice President. Bob represents NJGMIS by speaking at various conferences throughout the state each year. 

Jim Lawson
Information Technology Director, Douglas County, Kansas

Jim is the Director of Information Technology for Douglas County Kansas. He has over 30 years of experience in the information technology area. Over the years he has gained experience in just about every area of IT including programming, system analyst, project manager, network administrator, database administrator, systems administrator and for the last 16 years as a director. He is passionate about working in government where he feels he can make a difference for his community. Jim has been an active member of GMIS for over 20 years and is currently serving on the executive advisory board committee working on the GMIS data dive initiative.

 

Sabina Sitaru
Chief Innovation Officer, City of Hartford

Sabina Sitaru serves as the Chief Innovation Officer of a unique consolidation of information technology services encapsulating both the City of Hartford Connecticut and the Hartford Public School District business operations. Sabina has 20 years of Education and Government Information Technology experience concentrating on Program Management and Innovation. Her areas of specialization include Business Process Improvement through the effective use of strategic planning of technology. Over the past few years she has been involved in implementing the concepts of the Smarter Cities Council Readiness Guide in the City of Hartford’s initiative to make Hartford a Smarter City. Over this period and through the Smarter Cities Council’s Mentoring Hartford has also become the first city in the State of Connecticut to issue an Open Data Executive order and launch an open data portal: http://data.hartford.gov/ Sabina has a BS in Accounting from Post University and completed her Masters in Information Technology Management in 2009 from the Keller Graduate School of Management at Devry University. She is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and became a Project Management Professional (PMP) June 27th, 2011.

 

Abstract:

In the past it has been difficult to find and access data that lets you see how your IT agency is doing compared to other agencies similar to yours and what solutions they are using for various functions along with the vendors they utilize to provide these solutions. With the advent of the GMIS data dive (the only platform of its kind), GMIS members who have entered their data into the data dive have access to this data in an easy to understand format. Join us for this session that will show you:

  • How to enter and copy your data into the Data Dive
  • How to utilize the data through the available Compare Agency’s and Run Dynamic Reports that are available in the Data Dive software. The data that you can get out of the platform will provide you with the hard numbers to make decisions and support your department with Administration.

Participate in a discussion with one of your peers on how they used this data in a real world scenario.

StarNet Solutions: Use Case for Modern Network Tech & Security

Lou Melograna

Chief Technology Officer, StarNet Solutions

Lou Melograna started in WAN technology back in the early 1990s. Since then he has worked with every major vendor in the field and has been involved in thousands of installations, troubleshoots and consulting jobs. He started StarNet Solutions 15 years ago to provide customers with a superb experience with a company that puts their customers' needs first. Our goal is to truly provide the best possible solution with the best customer service possible with open communication.

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This session will explore cutting edge and under-utilized network and security technologies available today. So many times even the utmost diligent network administrators and technicians are unaware of the vast array of technology available! This session will discuss everything from operating systems to backup technologies, WAN technologies for load balancing, aggregating multiple WANs without traditional BGP, firewalls that work beyond layer 3, network monitoring that includes various kinds of alerting, and tools for troubleshooting. We will also explore on premise, hybrid and cloud solutions as well as virtual technologies and virtual appliances (and what's the real difference between the physical and virtual appliance?) Of course cyber security plays into all these technologies, as such we will also discuss the newest ways to stop not only hackers and spam, but malware, phishing prevention as well as secure VPN technologies and remote access technologies. Attendees will learn not only use cases for the various updated technologies but also places where they can learn more about all of these different technologies to explore on their own and places in person and online to collaborate, discuss and share information.

Automating IT with Goverlan

Raul Ortiz
VP Product Support & Client Services, Goverlan, Inc.

Mr. Raul Ortiz has over 13 years of system administration and client support experience. Raul has a profound understanding of system administration, system automation and root cause analysis. As such, he has been instrumental in helping to define the technical future of Goverlan®. Mr. Ortiz has been the technical face of Goverlan.

 

Abstract:

In this demonstration, Raul will show us how you can customize the way you do IT with Goverlan. Join us and see firsthand how you can leverage the technologies and tools you love and combine them with a framework that allows you to quickly and securely access, manage, and control your entire IT infrastructure.

Advancing Government Communication through Technology

Padraig O'Shea
Vice President, CivicLive

Padraig O’Shea leads the product development strategy for CivicLive's eGovernment communication solutions. With over a decade of experience in working with governments to meet their communication and community engagement needs, Padraig has a deep understanding of the challenges municipalities face. Padraig’s technical background and passion for improving business outcomes allows him to imagine and transform innovative ideas into robust communication solutions, which are helping countless cities and counties better serve their citizens and other constituents.

 

Abstract:

Governments need to get the right information to their citizens at the right time and in the right way. So, how you do you effectively utilize available communication platforms (including websites, mobile apps and notification solutions) to effectively reach your constituents? This session will address some of the challenges that IT teams in public agencies face when it comes to delivering a unified message in a reliable and timely manner without exhausting their resources. We will provide a brief overview of the current state of communication technologies as well as discuss emerging trends and opportunities. Attendees will also receive practical tips and best practices for integrating and managing available communication tools to connect with their community.

Around the Horn

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Join us for a fun and informative look at current Public Sector technology trends and cyber security issues with four industry experts and YOU the audience, staged in the style of ESPN's Around the Horn. This interactive session will use live polling for you to give feedback and opinions to our panel with the questions provided by you and your peers. The session will cover top security risks and practices, current trends and the security implications there of and more.

Brian Rexroad

Executive Director - Threat Analytics, AT&T Chief Security Office

Brian is responsible for cyber threat analysis, intelligence, and response engineering activities for AT&T's enterprise and service networks.

Shannon Tufts

Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government and Director, Center for Public Technology

Shannon Tufts designed and implemented the first local government Chief Information Officers Certification program in the nation and continues to run CIO certification programs for local and state government IT professionals. She created a National Certified Government Chief Information Officer program in 2007, in order to serve the growing needs of public sector IT professionals across the nation. Tufts has taught numerous courses on public sector information systems across the United States, including IT investment strategies, embracing technology, project management, and stakeholder engagement in technology-enabled government. She serves on several federal, state, and local government committees to promote the effective use of technology in the public sector. Her publications in the area of e-government and public sector information technology include Humanizing IT: Advice from the Experts with G. David Garson, numerous book chapters, and articles in Social Sciences Computer Review and Popular Government. She was named Albert and Gladys Coates Distinguished Term Assistant Professor for 2012–2014. Tufts earned a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill, an MPA from UNC-Charlotte, and a PhD in public administration with a concentration in public sector information systems from North Carolina State University.

Dave Weinstein
Chief Technology Officer, State of New Jersey

Born and raised in Westfield, New Jersey, Mr. Weinstein holds a Bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Master's degree from Georgetown University. He is also a Cybersecurity Fellow with New America. Dave Weinstein is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the State of New Jersey, a newly-established cabinet post in the Administration of Governor Chris Christie. As CTO, Dave is responsible for the administration of the New Jersey Office of Information Technology. Prior to this June 2016 appointment, Dave previously served as New Jersey’s Chief Information Security Officer and Cybersecurity Advisor with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Outside of Trenton, Dave was a senior civilian at the United States Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Maryland, as well as a cyber risk consultant with Deloitte and Touche. Dave has been recognized by Forbes as a “top 20 cyber policy expert” and his analysis and commentary has been featured in numerous media and academic publications, including the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CNN.com, The Boston Globe, and The Huffington Post. Dave is a Cybersecurity Fellow with New America and an “Influencer” for the Christian Science Monitor’s security and privacy project. He is the author of the forthcoming chapter “Information Sharing at the State and Local Level,” published in Cyber Insecurity: Navigating the Perils of the Information Age (Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.).

Mike Geraghty

Director of Cybersecurity, State of New Jersey

Mike Geraghty is the Director of the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), the State’s Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO). He was named to this position in July 2016. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Geraghty served as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Chief Information Officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Vice President of High Technology Investigations at Prudential Financial. Previously, Mr. Geraghty served 12 years with the New Jersey State Police, where he led the formation and development of the High Technology Crimes Investigation Unit. Mr. Geraghty has lectured extensively throughout the world on the topic of cybersecurity, high tech investigations and computer forensics, providing technical and investigative assistance to law enforcement agencies both domestically and internationally, including the FBI, Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, Naval Intelligence, New Scotland Yard, and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Service. He has provided expert testimony before congress and in federal, state, and international courts on computer crime investigations and forensics. Geraghty is also a past president of the Northeast Chapter of the High Technology Crimes Investigation Association and has held leadership roles in the National Strategic Policy Council on Cyber and Electronic Crime. Mr. Geraghty earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Thomas Edison State College. He is married with three children and resides in Union County, NJ.

Solving Public Policy Challenges with the Amazon Cloud

John Stephenson
Manager, Public Policy, Amazon Web Services

John Stephenson is Manager of U.S. Public Policy for Amazon. John focuses on issues relating to Amazon Web Services at the state and local levels of government, including data security, procurement, education data privacy, and renewable energy. John's background includes work on tax, broadband, privacy, and e-commerce policies at the state and local levels, and he also served as a senior domestic policy aide for a Member of Congress. A native of Pennsylvania, John is a graduate of Lafayette College.

 

Abstract:

State and local governments are leading the way in the drive to innovate for and with citizens. Whether through open data initiatives, public safety modernization, education reform, citizen service improvements or infrastructure programs, more and more local governments are turning to Amazon Web Services to provide the cost-effective, scalable, secure and flexible infrastructure necessary to make a difference. Come learn how AWS along with our partner community are providing solutions to challenges state and local customers are facing like aging infrastructure, shrinking budgets, security, mobility and more.

Enabling the All-Flash Cloud for Government IT

Melanie Stevens
National Manager - Business Development, SLED, Pure Storage

Though originally hailing from Australia, Melanie Stevens has been helping State and Local Government organizations in the US achieve their goals through technology for 20 years. Having worked in various sales and management capacities at both Cisco and VMWARE, Melanie joined Pure Storage 3 years ago to help disrupt the storage industry. Every day, she has the pleasure of helping government customers do more and achieve more by upgrading a piece of the datacenter everyone thought was commodity.

Roy Child
Product Manager, Data Protection and Recovery BU,Commvault

Roy Child spent 14 years in IT before joining Commvault product management in 2013. Roy's background in platform architectures and storage integration have been valuable in his role overseeing Commvault's IntelliSnap hardware snapshot management technology. On a daily basis, Roy helps customers in both public and private sectors solve recovery and copy management challenges and realize more value from their storage investments.

 

Abstract:

A trend in Government IT today is the managed private cloud, where centralized organizations provide a hosted, virtual platform for departments and agencies to run their applications. This brings operational efficiencies, but puts new pressure on the centralized IT organization. View this session to learn how state governments are leveraging integrated all-flash storage and application-aware snapshot technology from Pure Storage and Commvault, to deploy their all-flash cloud with minimal IT staff.

Citizen Transparency: Accessibility and Accountability

Mike Teeters
Senior Program Manager, Tyler Technologies, Inc.

Mike is the senior program manager for Tyler's enterprise-wide development projects. He oversees a program management team responsible for a variety of initiatives: creating new web- and cloud-centric applications; building out development tools and processes for cross-team team collaboration; and rolling out supporting infrastructure for Tyler product development teams. Previously, Mike was a program manager on Tyler's Dynamics AX R&D team leading several projects to add or enhance public sector functionality in Microsoft's ERP solution. These projects ranged from adding new documents for additional budget control capabilities to enhancing the web-based Vendor Portal for competitive procurements, as well as addressing regulatory requirements for AX 2012 release in France. Mike has worked with public sector customers for over 20 years, starting his career as a KPMG Peat Marwick auditor then transitioning to BearingPoint as consultant and project manager. His consulting focus was public sector financial and ERP system implementations throughout the United States. Prior to joining Tyler, Mike worked for a small consultancy leading projects for several California state agencies and other public sector entities. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with Bachelor of Science and Master of Accounting degrees.

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Abstract:

IT leaders in the public sector are faced with a growing demand for transparency throughout their organizations. Citizens, vendors and employees seek greater access to timely and accurate information related to their community. As the leader of IT solutions in the public sector, Tyler creates solutions that empower 14,000 clients to meet the growing demand for information anywhere and anytime. During this session, we will discuss citizen access to information, as well as the importance of proactive communication.

Introduction to GMIS Accreditation

Marc Thorson
Assistant Director of IT, Village of Schaumburg

Marc Thorson has worked in the public sector technology field in just about every capacity for over 18 years including desktop support, developer, network administrator, network architect, auditor, and manager. He is passionate about Information Security, open data access, and datadriven decision making. He is also a fervent advocate of “Heads-Up IT,” which is a concept encouraging IT professionals to look outside their technology-only silo in an effort to expand their knowledge of other business unit processes with the goal of providing the best possible service to their organization. Recently, Marc joined the Information Technology team in Schaumburg as the Assistant Director of IT. His role includes IT strategy, planning, governance, and operations. The Schaumburg Information Technology Department has a technical team of 17 and also oversees a 311 call center staff of 16. The department supports over 600 devices spread across 12 buildings and over 700 employees. Marc has a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University with a focus on Management of Information Services and Marketing. He is Past President and Accreditation Chair for GMIS Illinois, and also a member of the Chicago Chapter of Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

 

Abstract:

This session provides an introduction into the new GMIS Accreditation program. You will learn about the accreditation score sheet and scoring system, what is involved in becoming accredited, and why accreditation is important.

NJ CCIC

Dave Weinstein
Chief Technology Officer, State of New Jersey

Born and raised in Westfield, New Jersey, Mr. Weinstein holds a Bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Master's degree from Georgetown University. He is also a Cybersecurity Fellow with New America. Dave Weinstein is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the State of New Jersey, a newly-established cabinet post in the Administration of Governor Chris Christie. As CTO, Dave is responsible for the administration of the New Jersey Office of Information Technology. Prior to this June 2016 appointment, Dave previously served as New Jersey’s Chief Information Security Officer and Cybersecurity Advisor with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Outside of Trenton, Dave was a senior civilian at the United States Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Maryland, as well as a cyber risk consultant with Deloitte and Touche. Dave has been recognized by Forbes as a “top 20 cyber policy expert” and his analysis and commentary has been featured in numerous media and academic publications, including the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CNN.com, The Boston Globe, and The Huffington Post. Dave is a Cybersecurity Fellow with New America and an “Influencer” for the Christian Science Monitor’s security and privacy project. He is the author of the forthcoming chapter “Information Sharing at the State and Local Level,” published in Cyber Insecurity: Navigating the Perils of the Information Age (Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.).

Mike Geraghty
Director of Cybersecurity, State of New Jersey

Mike Geraghty is the Director of the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), the State’s Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO). He was named to this position in July 2016. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Geraghty served as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Chief Information Officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Vice President of High Technology Investigations at Prudential Financial. Previously, Mr. Geraghty served 12 years with the New Jersey State Police, where he led the formation and development of the High Technology Crimes Investigation Unit. Mr. Geraghty has lectured extensively throughout the world on the topic of cybersecurity, high tech investigations and computer forensics, providing technical and investigative assistance to law enforcement agencies both domestically and internationally, including the FBI, Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, Naval Intelligence, New Scotland Yard, and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Service. He has provided expert testimony before congress and in federal, state, and international courts on computer crime investigations and forensics. Geraghty is also a past president of the Northeast Chapter of the High Technology Crimes Investigation Association and has held leadership roles in the National Strategic Policy Council on Cyber and Electronic Crime. Mr. Geraghty earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Thomas Edison State College. He is married with three children and resides in Union County, NJ.

 

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