Sep 25, 2012

"I am very excited about the 1st Annual Mississippi Digital Government Summit. Our vision is for the Summit to become the leading event where government leaders can focus on enabling technology to be an effective tool to streamline government and provide vital services to our constituents. In times of continued fiscal stress, advances in information technology present an opportunity to investigate the potential for transforming the business of government, and envision the government of tomorrow. The Mississippi Digital Government Summit will provide a cost-effective and convenient venue for us to meet and discuss our shared challenges. I encourage your attendance and look forward to seeing you there."

- Dr. Craig Orgeron, Executive Director, MS Department of Information Technology Services


Tuesday Sep 25

Time Session
8:00 - 9:00AM

Registration and Morning Refreshments

9:00 - 9:15AM

Opening Remarks

  • Alan Cox - Senior Vice President, Center for Digital Education
  • Dr. Craig Orgeron, Ph.D. - Executive Director, Department of Information Technology Services, State of Mississippi
9:15 - 10:15AM

Opening Keynote

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
10:15 - 10:45AM

Morning Break

10:45 - 11:45AM

Concurrent Sessions


The Future of Information Technology

25 years ago, IT was an impenetrable realm of complexity few people understood. Today, of course, IT facilitates every agency and every line of business.... more


Innovation in Mississippi eGovernment

eGovernment began as an idea to create self-service opportunities for citizens via the internet. It started with kiosks and blossomed into browser based applications for... more

  • Jenny Bearss - Chief Systems Information Officer, Management and Reporting System, State of Mississippi
  • Karana Carroll - Deputy Chief of Staff - Department of Administration, Secretary of State's Office, State of Mississippi
  • Clay Johnston - MIS Director, Department of Public Safety, State of Mississippi
  • Dana Rowzee - Director of Portal Operations, Mississippi Interactive
  • Curtis Thornhill - Chief Systems Information Officer, Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, State of Mississippi

Desktop and Application Virtualization Trends

Today's virtualization trends are being driven rapidly by a variety of factors, including teleworking, mobility, storage needs, cloud computing, green technology, maintenance, cost control and... more

  • Laz Corrales - Senior Manager - Information Security, Citrix Systems, Inc.

The Evolution of Cloud Technology around the Nation

The cloud, whether external or internal, offers tremendous scalability, control and potential savings. But, there are also some definite concerns, especially with security and privacy.... more

  • Doug Robinson - Executive Director, National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)
11:45 - 12:30PM


12:30 - 1:15PM

General Session - The Promise of Innovation

Innovation is what makes the future bright. It is what brings us to work with a renewed sense of purpose. In government organizations, innovation is... more

1:15 - 1:30PM

Afternoon Break and Refreshments

1:30 - 2:30PM

Concurrent Sessions


Mississippi on the Go

As a society empowered with mobile technology, we have the potential to change how services are delivered to government employees and to change how employees... more

  • David Fink - Mobility Application Consultant, AT&T

Storage Trends and Economics

The evolution of storage has taken many turns. Now we are at a point where traditional concepts are becoming unrecognizable. Virtualization, consolidation, collaboration, budget issues,... more

  • Ed Gogol - Regional Director - Gulf States, Presidio Networked Solutions

Broadband Initiatives in Mississippi

Next-generation broadband is getting a lot of attention (and funding) recently, and it plays a key role in federal priorities. This session focuses on the... more

  • Dr. R.D. "Dan" Brook - Professor and Head Emeritus, Mississippi State University Extension Service
  • Dr. Jason Dean - Managing Director, Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition
  • Vicki Helfrich - Executive Officer, Mississippi Wireless Communication Commission
  • Gary Rawson - Federal Programs Coordinator, Department of Information Technology, State of Mississippi
  • Joseph D. Songy - Policy Advisor and State Broadband Coordinator, Office of Governor Phil Bryant, State of Mississippi
2:30 - 2:45PM


2:45 - 3:45PM

Concurrent Sessions


Social Media - How to Formulate a Workable Strategy

Its time to stop wondering whether social media has a place in the enterprise and start realizing that social media has grown into a fundamental... more

  • Nolan Jones - Director of eGovernment Innovation, NIC

Mobile Technologies: Securing a Moving Target

The demand for mobile access is exploding at rates previously unimagined. So organizations can expect to be overwhelmed by a wave of personal and portable... more

  • Jared Baumann - Brand Product Manager, Business Marketing, C Spire Wireless

Workplace of the Future

In American history, the single greatest shift in the workplace was driven by the Industrial Revolution as jobs moved from outdoors to indoors. Since then,... more

  • Alan Cox - Senior Vice President, Center for Digital Education
3:45 PM

Executive Reception

Network with your colleagues and discuss technology solutions with the event sponsors. Conference times, agenda, and speakers are subject to change.... more