DIR Technology Forum 2017

DIR fall conference. Focus is technology/cloud.

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Location & Hours

Start Time:
Oct 17 2017
12:00 AM
End Time:
Oct 17 2017
12:00 AM
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​DIR Technology Forum 2017

Balancing Tradition with Innovation
Tuesday, October 17th |  8:00 am – 4:30 pm | Austin, Texas

DIR thanks TASSCC for sponsoring this event.

Program Overview | Attendee Registration and Logistics | Exhibitors | Information for Vendor Participation |

Program Overview

Managing IT within state government requires balancing innovation with traditional ways of delivering services in an evolving technology environment set against security risks, operational challenges, and budget constraints.

In Texas, innovation means doing things better, optimizing existing processes and services, and enabling new capabilities. The 2017 conference features two tracks with topics including:

  • DIR Welcome
  • Tech Forecast: Analytics, Automation, and the Digital Workforce
  • Application Modernization to the Cloud: New Life for Legacy IT Systems
  • Strategic Perspectives on EIR Accessibility
  • Can Acquisition be Agile? 7 Steps for Agile Buying
  • Using AI to Save Missing and Exploited Children
  • Digital Modernization:  Educating and Mobilizing Your Teams
  • A Cloud Reference Architecture Based on NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • Modernizing Government and Going Digital: Best Practices for IT Professionals
  • From Tradition to Innovation: Four Cloud Innovation Paths that Work
  • DIR Update

Attendee Registration and Logistics


This free event is open to any Texas government/public sector staff interested in information technology issues.  (Pre-registration is required.)

Location & Parking

Commons Learning Center within J.J. Pickle Research Campus
10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758
Southwest corner of Burnet Road and Braker Lane

DIR will email confirmed registrants a parking pass before the event. If displayed on the dash when entering the complex, you do not need to stop at the guard gate. Commons parking is available in the lots on the north and west sides of the building. Overflow parking is in the two lots on the east side of the building. Vehicles not displaying permits may be ticketed.


Attendee Registration.
This event is free; however, pre-registration is required. PLEASE return to the form and notify DIR if your plans change.

Note: Depending on the registration response, it may be necessary to limit the number of attendees from each organization so that the maximum number of entities can participate


Complimentary morning and afternoon refreshments and a luncheon will be served.

Continuing Education

The event will provide 6.0 contact hours of general continuing education credit (6.0 CPEs for Texas IRMs).

Additional Information and Assistance

If you have questions, please e-mail Joy Hall Bryant.
For special accommodation needs or other assistance, please notify DIR at least one week in advance to allow time for an appropriate solution.

Exhibitor Recognition

DIR thanks the generous companies that support this important educational event. Stop by the booths to learn more about the solutions they offer.

Information for Vendors Interested in Participating

DIR invites interested vendors to participate in the 2017 Technology Forum by exhibiting and/or providing a speaker. This free one-day conference is open to Texas government personnel and is targeted to IT leaders.  TASSCC serves as a sponsor.

Opportunity to Exhibit

Important - some have confused this with DIR's much larger expo DIR Connect which is held in spring of even-numbered years.  That event is being planned but there is no date yet. This is a smaller, topical conference focusing on technology trends - specifically "cloud".

Exhibitor Registration

The conference exhibit area is full. We are accepting waitlist only at this time. Note - there are 20+ companies on the waitlist, so - regretfully - there is little point to adding. See form for more details. 

See also DIR Technology Forum Overview with 2016 Statistics.

Participating as an exhibitor offers a unique marketing opportunity and a chance to learn more about state government needs while interacting with key decision-makers. We expect 200+ attendees from a wide variety of Texas state agencies and universities. 

Exhibitors should be vendors with DIR contracts and offering solutions relevant to the topics proposed for this conference.

Call for Presentations (May 1 - May 22) - closed

Subject matter experts are invited to submit presentation abstracts for consideration. Sessions range from 20-50 minutes with most being a standard 50 minutes, but shorter “spotlight” topics will also be considered. As always, topics must be purely educational with no marketing or self-promotion.