Sep 6 - 7, 2012

"Information technology is extremely important to the Commonwealth of Virginia and our effort to restructure and reform government operations. I encourage you to participate in the 2012 Commonwealth of Virginia's Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS), the state's preeminent forum for collaboration and participation in government technology. We hope you can attend this year's event!" - Bob McDonnell, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia "The one chance each year for state and local technology professionals to gather in one place is upon us again. The Commonwealth of Virginia's Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) is the premier forum for collaboration and idea sharing in government technology. More than ever these partnerships and cross-boundary relationships are needed to continue to move the Commonwealth forward. We look forward to seeing you at this 15th Annual COVITS!"

- Jim Duffey, Secretary of Technology of Virginia


Thursday Sep 06

Time Session
7:45 - 8:45AM

Registration and Morning Refreshments

8:45 - 9:00AM

Opening Remarks

  • Jim Duffey - Secrtary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia
9:00 - 10:00AM

Opening Keynote - Change the Game

We are facing difficult times. The pressure to do more with less, deliver to deadlines, and respond to increasing expectations has - in many cases... more

  • Tim Gard - Author, Speaker Hall of Fame member
10:00 - 10:29AM

Morning Break

10:30 - 11:45AM

Concurrent Sessions


Cyber Security - How to Avoid Being the Next Headline

The security environment is becoming increasingly complex due to factors such as transparency, shared services, data sharing, mobility, cloud computing and social networking - all... more

  • Michael Kirkpatrick - Assistant Professor of Computer Science, James Madison University
  • Rob Roy - Federal Chief Technology Officer, HP Enterprise Security Products
  • Mike Watson - Chief Information Security Officer, Virginia Information Technologies Agency, Commonwealth of Virginia

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BYOD - Opportunity and Peril

The boom in consumer technology means that everyone now owns devices that are probably far more powerful and useful than those provided by the workplace.... more

  • Sam Nixon - Chief Information Officer, Virginia Information Technologies Agency, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Murali Rao - Information Technology Director, Department of Transportation, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • David Stafford - Director, New Markets & Technology, End User Computing - CTO Office, VMware, Inc.

Big Data

More than 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years and is expected to grow a staggering... more

  • Franco Amalfi - Director, North America Strategic Programs, Oracle
  • Pat Herbert - Principle Systems Architect for Big Data, SAS Institute
  • Steve Marzolf - ISP Director, Enterprise Solutions and Governance, VA Info Technologies Agency, Commonwealth of VA

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Health IT Today

Though health care reform has had - and continues to have - its share of controversy, the one thing on which everyone agrees is that... more

  • Joseph F. Bouchard, Ph.D. - Director of Government Sales, Cox Business Virginia
  • Debbie Condrey - Dir. and Chief Info. Officer, Ofc. of Info. Mgmt. and Health IT, Dept. of Health, Commonwealth of VA
  • Holli Ploog - Vice President, Global Government Markets, CGI

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11:45 - 12:45PM


12:45 - 1:45PM

General Session - A Look Around the Corner

If you had to describe the IT industry with just a single word, that word would be change. Change is the one thing - perhaps... more

1:45 - 2:14PM

Afternoon Break and Refreshments

2:15 - 3:30PM

Concurrent Sessions


Cloud - Beyond the Hype

Cloud computing is a paradigm shift, no doubt about it. But it's a paradigm that keeps on shifting, making it difficult to get a good... more

  • Leslie Fuentes - Director of Information Technology, City of Hampton
  • John Garing - Vice President, ViON Corporation
  • Annie Williams - Public Sector and Federal Sales Vice President, Terremark, A Verizon Company

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Mobile Device Management

Rapid advances in mobile technologies are causing fundamental changes to social interaction, resulting in an overwhelming demand for mobile solutions and applications. But flexibility comes... more


Kanban - A New Approach to Software Development

"Kanban" traces back to the early days of the Toyota production system fifty years ago. It originated as a conceptual approach to just-in-time production and... more

  • Zacc Allen - Application Development Manager, Correction Technology Service Unit, Department of Corrections, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Jeff Harper - Director of Workforce Efficiency, Department of Motor Vehicles, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Paul Smith - Senior Principal Consultant, Public Sector, CA Technologies
  • Daniel Vacanti - Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Kanban (in partnership with Impact Makers)

Social Media - What's the Return?

With the number of users of Facebook closing in on a billion and Twitter at half a billion, social media is clearly here to stay.... more

3:30 - 4:30PM

Governor's Technology Awards Reception

4:30 - 5:30PM

Governor's Technology Awards Ceremony

Hosted by Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey Applaud the winners of the annual Governor's Technology Awards. This awards program honors outstanding... more


Friday Sep 07

Time Session
7:45 - 8:45AM

Registration and Morning Refreshments

8:45 - 9:50AM

Keynote Speaker - Lessons in Leadership

The Johnson Space Center is NASA's center for spaceflight training, research and mission control. Its workforce of 15,000 includes a hundred astronauts, hundreds of scientists... more

  • Jefferson "Beak" Howell - Adjunct Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, and Former Director of NASA's Johnson Space Center
9:50 - 10:19AM

Morning Break

10:20 - 11:30PM

Fast Track Sessions


Cool Mobile Apps

It's a mobile world, and citizens expect to be able to access services and information anytime, anywhere. Therefore pressure is mounting on government IT organizations... more

  • Murali Rao - Information Technology Director, Department of Transportation, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Charles Sheldon - Web Master, Department of Motor Vehicles, Commonwealth of Virginia

Open Government and Citizen Engagement

The population is getting more sophisticated - and demanding - about being heard by the government. At the same time, governments are recognizing the many... more

  • Bethann Canada - Director, Office of Educational Information Management, Department of Education, Commonwealth of VA
  • Matthew J. Davis - Information Services Manager, Virginia State Board of Elections

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Citizen Relationship Management - The Secret Sauce

In an era of limited resources, citizen relationship management is an essential element for increasing efficiency, improving services and developing customer-driven applications. This session discusses... more

11:30 - 12:00PM

Closing Remarks

12:00 PM

End of Conference