DIR Connect Technology Expo 2018

Plan to attend the Texas professional purchasing educational event of the biennium, DIR Connect, presented by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR).

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Location & Hours

Start Time:
Apr 04 2018
8:00 AM
End Time:
Apr 04 2018
5:00 PM
Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704 Phone: 972-712-0035 Email: erin@xcelevents.us

Biennial conference hosted by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)

Information Technology and purchasing professionals from across government and public sectors are invited to attend the biennial DIR Connect Technology Expo!  

Register today, and plan to join your colleagues at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Take advantage of IT Contracting Specialists and attend breakout sessions to learn about the technology products, services and solutions available through the Texas Department of Information Resources.  

Don't miss this great opportunity to network with other agency IT representatives and purchasing professionals.

This educational conference is open to all government and public employees, at NO COST to the agency, although pre-registration is required.


The presentations for which DIR has permission to share are linked from the session names below. Most of these presentations are from 3rd party presenters and do not belong to DIR. Please note that DIR cannot guarantee the accessibility of external content. Also note disclaimer below this section.

To get all the details and plan your day, view the AGENDA.

7:30-8:00 AMExhibit Hall Opens & Continental Breakfast ​ ​ ​
8:00-8:45 AMAttendee Check-in ​ ​ ​
8:45-9:05 AMWelcome & Overview of Breakout Sessions – DIR Executive Director Stacey Napier ​ ​ ​
9:05-9:15 AMHigh-Level Certification Changes Review - SPD's Amy Comeaux ​ ​ ​
9:15-10:00 AMOpening Keynote; The Negotia(HER) – Lauren Hasson
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10:00-10:30 AMNetworking & Nibbles ​ ​ ​
10:30-11:20 AMOpen Q&A with Statewide Procurement Division Panel (SPD)
Navigating DIR Coop & Shared Services Offerings
Negotiating Major IT Contracts Basics
Statewide Data Coordinator: Update on SWDC
11:30 AM-12:15 PMLunch ​ ​ ​
12:15-12:45 PM"Flexible Resourcing" AKA Internships - Panel Discussion Moderated by John Van Hoorn ​ ​ ​
12:55-1:45 PMHUB Round Tables
IT Negotiations Cooperative Contracts
Procurement Ethics & Legislative Changes
Part I – SOW Training
1:45 – 2:30 PMBreak in Exhibit Hall ​ ​ ​
2:30-3:20 PMIT Negotiations Cooperative ContractsNavigating TEXAN & TelecomContracting for AgilePart II – SOW Training
3:30-4:20 PMNegotiating Major IT Contracts Basics
Navigating TEXAN & Telecom
Vendor Knowledge Sharing SessionIT Staffing Processes & Plans


DIR will award continuing education credit and provide certificates of attendance.


DIR has contracted with a meeting planner to coordinate the specifics for DIR Connect Technology Expo. For more information, please visit the website and search for DIR Connect 2018 or contact Tanya Skaarup directly at Tanya.Skaarup@DIR.texas.gov or by calling 512.463.8833.

We look forward to seeing you in early April -- at DIR Connect Technology Expo 2018!


DIR Connect brings Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) contracted technology vendors together with IT and purchasing staff from state agencies, local and county government, K-12 and higher education to raise awareness about our Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Cooperative Contracts program.