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Wednesday, June 12 CDT

Government Technology’s passion is helping spread best practices and spurring innovation in the public sector. The Missouri Digital Government Summit is designed to do just that. The summit has an advisory board that gathers public sector and private sector leaders to create an agenda that is relevant and actionable to the state and local government organizations attending the summit. Participants can take advantage of inspirational keynotes, leadership discussions, networking breaks, and timely topics discussed in the numerous breakout sessions to help advance the goals of their organizations and their own career paths.

Wednesday, June 12

8:00 am

Registration and Morning Refreshments

8:45 am

Opening Remarks

Michael Cheles, Chief Information Officer, State of Missouri

9:15 am

Keynote – What’s Your Story?

Kelly Swanson, Strategic Narrative Specialist

IT is an adventure. Or should be! Every project is a journey, and we need to be better at promoting what we’re doing and accomplishing by painting pictures that resonate. Data alone is not enough anymore. It’s already over-used, mis-used, abused and fake-newsed. The key is wrapping your data in a way that makes people care. You need the secret ingredient that is probably missing from presentations, pitches, speeches and any situation where you are trying to move the needle. In this mind-expanding session, you will find out how to go from manipulating to motivating, from communicating to connecting, from telling people what to do to making them want to do it. Learn from the master!

10:15 am

Networking Break

10:45 am

Concurrent Sessions

Cybersecurity Update

The cyber landscape is constantly shifting, and strategies and safeguards that were considered secure just a few years ago don’t cut it anymore. The “edge” is getting more difficult to define. Networks are becoming more distributed. Devices continue to proliferate. The cloud is literally everywhere. IoT is a looming tidal wave. This session looks at current and future trends, threats and strategies on the cyber front.

Christian Barnes, Director System Engineering South Central Commercial, Fortinet

Strategies for Smarter Communities

The concept of smart cities has been around for a decade, but it’s only in the last few years that it’s really picked up steam. The technology drivers are well-known: sensors, Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, artificial intelligence, 5g wireless, GIS, big data, et al. But implementation is another matter. There are a lot of moving parts. This session discusses how to strategize your own smart evolution.

Taylor L. Bowen, Geospatial Services Manager, Information Technology/GIS, City of Columbia, MO

Daniele Loffreda, Senior Advisor, Ciena

Dan S. Rose, Geospatial Services Supervisor, IT/GIS, City of Columbia, MO

Effective Data Governance

A successful data journey requires smart governance every step of the way. Governance provides the guardrails that keep you from running off the road. Policy decisions include dealing with processes, collection, formatting, monitoring, security and more. This session explores the most critical factors to consider when developing a data governance model.

Corey Chatis, SLDS Technical Assistance Expert, SLDS State Support Team

Jeff Elliott, Senior Manager, Enterprise Data Warehouse and Reporting, Division of IT, University of Missouri System

Melisa M. McLean, GIS Manager, GIS Service Center, St. Louis County, MO

Sponsor Briefing

(Industry sponsors only) Hosted by Chief Information Officer Michael Cheles, Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer Rich Kliethermes and Deputy Chief Information Officer for Operations Steve Siegler.

11:45 am


12:35 pm

Featured Speaker – Future Ready! The Playbook for 2020 and Beyond

Morgan Wright, Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

The magnitude and speed of technological, economic and societal change is accelerating at an exponential pace. Your primary challenge is to anticipate the future – and then build it, being careful to optimize the upside while minimizing the effects of the shocks and stresses. Public leaders need more than just a new way of thinking – but a new way of executing supported by the right technological and cultural foundation. Future Readyfocuses on what matters and why, what potential issues should be on your radar and the adaptive, actionable takeaways that you can work on today to prepare for 2020 and beyond, including:

  • Disruptive technologies
  • Emerging regulatory issues
  • Citizen and employee experience
  • Future of management
  • Funding the future

1:30 pm

FirstNet Fireside Chat

Dr. Cedric Alexander, Author, CNN Contributor on Public Safety, Former Chief of Police

Public safety is undergoing a significant transformation and technology is at the heart of it. The transformation affects all areas of government, from education to transportation to frontline public safety. This session explores the intersection between public safety ecosystems and the technology revolution that is here – today.

2:00 pm

Networking Break

2:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Driving Change at Scale

The previous session, Future Ready, discussed why this is the Age of Acceleration and how technology will impact our IT organizations in the years ahead. The technological game-changers are clear, but will they beget opportunities or breaking points? It’s hard enough to support existing IT needs while contending with compliance issues, legacy systems, staffing needs, etc. This interactive session furthers the discussion about how and why our IT organizations must evolve to meet – and embrace – the challenges ahead.

Moderator: Gonz Roman, IT Business Manager, Department of Information Technology, St. Louis County, MO

Michael Cheles, Chief Information Officer, State of Missouri

Aaron Erickson, Area Vice President, State and Local Applications Sales, Oracle

Kent Hillman, Director of Technology Services, Huber & Associates, Inc.

Data Sharing Revolution

It’s a common refrain that government should operate more like an enterprise. This approach holds true in some ways more than others, but it particularly applies to data and how it’s used – or not used – in meaningful ways. It all starts with data sharing, which has been talked about for years. So why isn’t it done enough? Are the barriers cultural, legal or technical? This session talks about the factors that are holding us back from where we badly need to go.

Mary-Sara Jones, Health and Human Services Industry Leader, Global Business Services, IBM

Brandon M. Ousley, Client Services Manager, Office of Administration ITSD, State of Missouri

Project Management Solutions

Which is right for you – agile or classic or hybrid or something else? The answer: It depends. There are a variety of dynamics that drive project management approaches. It’s not necessarily “one size fits all.” Where can you turn for answers? This session explores the factors and resources to consider when deciding on a project methodology.

Paula Peters, Director of the Enterprise Project Management Office, Information Technology Services Division, Office of Administration, State of Missouri

Michael Watson, Enterprise Account Representative, ServiceNow

3:30 pm

Fast Track Sessions

21st Century Government for 21st Century Citizens

Innovation is alive and well in Missouri, demonstrating that it is possible to blaze new trails and launch effective programs despite not having an endless supply of resources. This session spotlights St. Louis County and its creative citizen service initiatives that are sure to inspire, motivate and get the wheels turning about what might be possible in your own organization.

Mike Hoffey, 311 Contact Center Manager / Website Manager, St. Louis County, MO

REAL ID Compliance – Is Missouri Ready?

The REAL ID Act was formulated in the wake of 9/11 to set minimum standards for identification. Missouri is working on its compliance and is on track to achieve full implementation this year, in plenty of time for the October 2020 deadline. But what about individuals? This session provides an update on the process, the implications and potential speedbumps.

Joey Plaggenberg, Director, Motor Vehicle and Driver License Division, Department of Revenue, State of Missouri

Kim Russell, Application Development Supervisor, Information Technology Services Division, Office of Administration, State of Missouri

4:15 pm

Networking Reception

Network with your colleagues and discuss technology solutions with the event exhibitors.

Conference times, agenda, and speakers are subject to change.


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415 West McCarty Street
Jefferson city, MO 65101 United States
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