Jul 22, 2015
Tom Baden, State Chief Information Officer, MN.IT Services, State of Minnesota
Jim Meskimen, Master Impressionist and Communication Coach
Today’s culture emphasizes the value of teamwork and collaboration, sometimes at the expense of the individual. This is particularly true in the IT arena where you can sometimes find yourself stereotyped, or even worse, not taken seriously by potential stakeholders. What good are insights and solutions if your words get lost in the crowd? You need to make sure that you’re heard! Jim Meskimen has spent the past 25 years studying the most famous, creative and interesting people in modern times. In this fascinating and amusing session, Jim discusses – and illustrates – the traits and methods used by some of the best and most charismatic communicators in the world. Don’t settle for being “one of the crowd”. YOU have a unique identity. YOU have a voice!
“Mobile-friendly” design has been a hot topic in web circles for several years. Technologies such as responsive web design optimize content for display on devices of varying screen sizes while mobile applications, or just apps, are created to offer more advanced functionality, secure storage, or provide access to smartphone capabilities that require device permissions to access them. Independent of approach, mobile optimized content allows users to navigate the web easier and have a richer user experience. Join MN.IT Services Mobile Ninjas and industry experts to get their best advice for mobile strategies to create a Mobile MN.
The IT landscape is dramatically changing. Trends like mobility, cloud computing, social media, big data… are all game-changers and the shortage of IT workers and impending baby boomer retirements make staffing government increasingly more challenging. This session focuses on new models for staffing government, including managed outsourcing, sustainable apprenticeships and successful internship programs, and mentoring and coaching programs for new ways to recruit and retain a skilled workforce.
Government agencies have no shortage of data from which to extract useful insights. This session looks at creative ways to capitalize on existing data to uncover anomalies, drive smarter decisions, expand your sphere of influence, and ways to approach your individual data/analytics initiatives without breaking the bank. It will take a look at the myths and realities of big data, and cover new terms & technologies.
Too often, your business partners don’t realize the true strategic value their IT departments can deliver. It’s about a lot more than answering Help Desk calls! The purpose of business/IT alignment is to optimize the value that IT contributes to the enterprise. An organization has successfully aligned IT strategy to business strategy when there is a shared understanding of how IT applications, technologies and services will contribute to business objectives – today and in the future. This session will focus on strategies to help you gain support from your business partners and help you define clearly how IT can contribute in reaching your agency’s business goals and objectives.
In 2015, public sector organizations will focus more than ever on driving citizen satisfaction with online services and resources. It’s not enough for them to simply access information online – they expect their experience with the public sector to be both online and engaging. But how do they make that connection? To account for this evolution, the public sector is providing better experiences by uniquely connecting citizens with services through technology in order to build stronger and more meaningful engagement. This session takes a look at how to leverage points of contact – whether it’s a simple website visit or a transaction with a government portal – to build a stronger relationship
Government organizations (and even industry partners) have been motivated to get more creative in sharing systems, applications, information and services. This session will be an informal and dynamic forum to discuss strategies for cross-boundary and cross-sector collaboration focused on creating models that break down silos and promote cross pollination.
Work is no longer a place people go to. It is something they do. Never before in modern times have workers had so much autonomy over their work days. With the proliferation of mobile technology, professionals can now work from home, on the road, or elsewhere. Forbes reports that already over a billion people are untethered from their desks and Texas agencies more and more are promoting telework for qualifying State employees to support a productive and performance-driven State workplace. That’s liberating for today’s workforce but challenges our traditional workplace status quo and we are seeing some companies bringing their employees back to the mothership. This session provides practical advice on best tools and practices for managing and working in an untethered environment.
Anything as a Service (XaaS) is the essence of cloud computing, and these days almost anything can be delivered as a service: software, infrastructure, storage, platforms, data, you name it. The concept is no longer new, but it's far from settled. Challenges remain in building the business case and determining the risks and rewards. Valuable lessons have been learned by both government and private industry in recent years. This session focuses on available options, practices that work and pitfalls to avoid.
Cyber security is the new front line of financial crime and social upheaval. It is the new Wild West, with hackers divided among the "white hats" and "black hats." Stage coach and bank robberies of old have been replaced by heists of personally identifiable information from major retailers, insurers and governments. Political protests are increasingly taking the form of denial-of-service attacks by so-called “hactivists” to disrupt the normal order of things. Such things can and do happen anywhere, and everybody has a role in preventing, preparing for, and responding to cyber threats. This interactive session unpacks key lessons and learnings from real-life cases with the help of a panel of local experts and engaged audience members.
Everyone is invited! Please join in networking with your peers over refreshments.
Conference times, agenda, and speakers are subject to change.