Jul 29, 2014
Carolyn Parnell, Chief Information Officer, State of Minnesota
From Analyst to Hero: How Big Data Led to Bin Laden
Cynthia Storer, Former CIA Senior Analyst
Cindy was part of a team of CIA intelligence analysts – dubbed "The Sisterhood" – who discovered obscure data patterns signaling that Al-Qaeda was a coordinated and highly dangerous threat. Though the team raised the alarm, few people listened. Then 9/11 changed the world. Cindy became a key strategic analyst, helping the nation’s policymakers frame their understanding of terrorism and Al-Qaeda. Her pioneering work helped lay the foundation for the efforts of the analysts and targeting officers who eventually found Bin Laden’s hideout, as depicted in the movie Zero Dark Thirty. In this riveting keynote address, Cindy tells the inside story of how Big Data helped lead to the identification and capture of Al-Qaeda leaders, including the most wanted man in history. Her inspirational messages include: believe in what you do, take responsibility, trust your instincts, and be willing to think outside the box.
We are seeing a virtual explosion of distributed/mobile/flexible work across all government organizations. New collaboration tools are now available to facilitate communications and data sharing in this new environment. This session looks at tools for workforce collaboration and best practices in managing a connected workforce.
Kim Leffler, Consulting Systems Engineer - Collaboration, Avaya
The IT landscape is changing, particularly for managers. Specialization is rapidly becoming a thing of the past as technology evolves too quickly to permit skills to stagnate. Trends like mobility, cloud computing, social media, cybercrime and outsourcing are all game-changers. Generational differences also come into play. This session focuses on identifying, developing, recruiting and retaining the skills needed by tomorrow's IT workforce.
Fred Newman, IT Workforce Planner, Hennepin County
Reine Kassulker, IT Business Alignment Manager, Hennepin County
Transparency and open government continue to be two of the top priorities in government. Citizens increasingly expect government to be more accessible and accountable, and government in turn is growing more willing to embrace public engagement and oversight. Technology makes it possible. This session discusses trends, standards, lessons learned and the role of technology in creating a citizen-centric culture and how collaboration amongst citizens, developers, analysts, data journalists, government officials, and business owners can get data into the hands of citizens to make better informed decisions.
Steven Clift, Executive Director and Founder, E-Democracy.org
Bill Bushey, Technology Coordinator, E-Democracy.org
Virtually every industry is being revolutionized by big data. Even the sports landscape has changed seemingly overnight, as demonstrated by the popularity of Moneyball. Is government facing the same revolution? Absolutely. Government collects more data than any other industry and there is mounting pressure to do something with it. This session explores the possibilities, the potentials and the means to make them happen.
Otto Doll, Chief Information Officer, City of Minneapolis
James Kauth, PMP, CRISC, CGEIT, Innovation, MN.IT Services, State of Minnesota
Jon Eichten, Legislative Director, MN.IT Services, State of Minnesota
Citizens really do wish to trust government entities with their personally identifiable information and government really does take the protection of this information seriously. Sad but true, government is a target rich environment for cyber criminals. The vast amount of personal information stored in databases, documents and systems can be a treasure trove for the unscrupulous. However, even with all the news, there are not enough people in government that fully comprehend the current level of sophistication of cyber criminals, nor the scope of the threat. ALL of government has become viable as targets, even small agencies and jurisdictions. This session will brief YOU, as a technology leader, on the current threat landscape and how to manage it.
Bob Cameron, Special Agent, FBI
Much of the value of and impetus for government reform lies in fundamental rethinking at the program level to - as Governor Mark Dayton describes it - “improve how state government works to deliver the
best services at the best price.” It is also a strong motivator for most state employees who know that they could do a better job “if only…” Innovation, and innovative thinking has become part of the Culture of MN.IT Services. This session will provide an update on why innovation must be a key part of our business models, and will feature examples from the Innovation Teams that MN.IT Services is implementing to tap the brain trust of IT staff.
James Kauth, PMP, CRISC, CGEIT, Innovation, MN.IT Services, State of Minnesota
Kris Schulze, Project Manager, Innovation, MN.IT Services, State of Minnesota
IT metrics, dashboards and scorecards abound, but what do people really want to see when assessing performance? This session will highlight the most recent lessons learned from leaders in performance measurement, such as how to best incorporate performance measurement information into decision making, making performance measurement a tool for organizational improvement, and the role of performance measurement in the budget process.
Jay Stroebel, Performance Coordinator, City of Minneapolis
Margaret Kelly, Assistant Commissioner, State Budget Director, Minnesota Management and Budget
Everything as a Service (Xaas) describes, well, everything that can be offered as a cloud based IT service. It’s a pretty wide swath of service categories with a long list of products. This session will highlight the most common examples of XaaS and provide valuable lessons that have been learned by both government and private industry in recent years. You will hear about practices that work and pitfalls to avoid.
Tedi Wells, Executive Consultant, Cloud Advisory Services, Center of Competency, IBM
Smartphones are increasingly replacing computers, televisions, landlines, game consoles, GPS devices, and live personal interaction. Smartphone addiction has even been labelled an official syndrome: “nomophobia”. For better or for worse, mobility is king and governments must pay homage. This session discusses the most important factors to consider when developing or utilizing mobile apps, both internal- and external-facing.
Geoffrey Pursell, UI/UX Architect and HTML5 Developer, MN.IT@Education, State of Minnesota
David Bade, Sr Application Sales Executive, AT&T
Danna MacKenzie is the Executive Director of the Office of Broadband Development for the State of Minnesota. Danna is helping Governor Dayton and policy makers to ensure all Minnesotans have the opportunity to access high-speed broadband. Come hear the progress that Minnesota is making to make these goals a reality and why it is so important for our State. Danna will share lessons and perspective on strategies to close digital literacy and broadband adoption gaps.
Danna MacKenzie, Executive Director, Office of Broadband Development, State of Minnesota
Jenna Covey is the Director of New Media for Governor Mark Dayton. Jenna will share her web communications strategies for government using innovative marketing solutions and new technologies. Jenna believes that technology has the power to radically change the way that people interact with government and her job allows her to connect thousands of people and highlight the good work that public servants do - that is pretty cool.
Jenna Covey, Director of New Media for Governor Mark Dayton
Dan Ross is the Geographic Information Officer for the State of Minnesota. Dan will be exploring open geospatial data and collaboration initiatives that are allowing organizations and citizens to think spatially and create new opportunities for mobile applications. He will be sharing examples of collaborative geospatial efforts that are changing the way organizations look at their data, solve problems and deliver services.
Dan Ross, Geographic Information Officer, State of Minnesota
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