Jun 11, 2015
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!
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 Tennessee’s Department of Human Resources has an official policy that promotes 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. This session provides practical advice on best tools and practices for managing and working in an untethered environment.
The term Smart Cities has received much publicity and notoriety, but what does it really mean and how can your community get started? This session provides a blend of what the vision of smart cities COULD be with a REAL WORLD view of what’s happening around the country. Panel members will discuss what can and is being done today, where they have found initial successes and the real value proposition (benefits & beneficiaries) of Smart City projects.
Smartphones and tablets are increasingly the device of choice, replacing desktops, televisions, landlines, game consoles, GPS devices, and live personal interaction. The reality is that mobility is king. This session discusses the business uses of mobile technologies and the most important factors to consider when developing or utilizing mobile tools and apps, both internal- and external-facing.
The private industry has predominantly used agile methodologies for years, but government still struggles to effectively leverage agile methods. The pace of development is continuing to accelerate, and the trend toward shared services and modernization puts even more strain on traditional methodologies. This session looks at current thinking about how, when, and why an Agile approach can be the most effective and practical way to go.
You will hear first-hand with real examples how Agile methodologies have been helping private and governmental organizations. Agile is more than just the standard SCRUM project management approach. This session will explore what’s in the agile toolbox and how it can be tailored to Government.
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.
Change is the new normal. Standing still is not an option! It’s clear that the ability (and willingness) to embrace and manage change is a job requirement for anyone in government (IT or Business) – if you want to keep yourself and your team relevant. Equally important is convincing others, both above and below you, that change is needed. This session looks at how to generate interest, build support, and eventually close the deal.
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. UAS is emerging as a hot topic for technologists and enthusiasts around the world and is enabling many innovative business models. LOGITT is pleased to host this session to inform you about UAS activities taking place in Middle Tennessee, about a model for providing public insight and awareness, and how FAA regulations are shaping up to govern how the units can be used.
XaaS or “anything as a service” is the delivery of IT as a service through hybrid cloud computing and is a reference to either one or a combination of software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), communications as a service (CaaS), monitoring as a service (Maas), or any of a growing list of as a service services. Much hype surrounds these technologies and there is lot of shaking out to do, but in the meantime, there are real benefits to be seen by business, “customers,” tax payers, and even IT…NOW!
An open data future is one in which new information is available for decision-making, but also one in which transformative ideas are made possible. Simply making data available to the public isn’t enough, it has to be useful, which requires a sensible approach based on the agency releasing it, the kind of data being released, rules of compliance, the means of delivery and the targeted audience. Key questions include: Is there a difference between open data and open government? Which is the highest priority: external or internal data sharing? What are the most important considerations when setting up an open data program? This session discusses the trends, issues and opportunities facing government today.
One of the essential keys to success as leader is to build successful symbiotic relationships with your CEO and fellow “C” Suite executives. This session will show BY EXAMPLE how to build effective relationships with your top executives and the positive impact on transforming your agency’s business. You will hear a success story from the Tennessee Department of Transportation how they have broken down silos and transformed their enterprise.
Leighanne Haynes, Director, Relationship Management, Office of Information Resources, State of Tennessee (Invited)
Joe Galbato, Chief Financial Officer, Department of Transportation, State of Tennessee
Joe Kerk, Chief Information Officer, Department of Transportation, State of Tennessee
John Schroer, Commissioner, Department of Transportation, State of Tennessee
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