DIR Technology Forum 2018

Annual conference for Texas government IT staff. Hosted by DIR.

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Location & Hours

Start Time:
Oct 09 2018
8:00 AM
End Time:
Oct 09 2018
4:30 AM

DIR Technology Forum 2018

Tuesday, October 9th |  8:00 am – 4:30 pm | Austin, Texas

DIR thanks TASSCC for sponsoring this event.

Agenda| Attendee Registration and Logistics| Exhibitors | Information for Vendor Participation

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AGENDA & Materials

Presentation materials for which DIR has permission to share will be linked from the session names below within a few days of the conference. (They may not all be available at same time, so check back.)

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 see disclaimer below this section.  






01-DIR Welcome & Opening Remarks  

[Conference announcements/No Slides Posted]
~ John Hoffman, Chief Technology Officer, Texas Department of Information Resources
~ Stacey Napier, Executive Director, Texas Department of Information Resources


02-The Cyber Threat to Government use of Cloud, Wireless, and IoT & Ways to Mitigate the Risk (PPTX|18.02MB)

~Timothy Bloechl, Director, Cyber Security Business, Quantum Research International and CyberDx


03-Roadmap to Cloud Center of Excellence Adoption

~Matt Jordan, Vice President, JHC Technology, Inc.


04-Negotiating IT Topics (PPTX|4977KB)

~ Colleen Berkley, Procurement Director, DIR


05-Mobile Apps used by Texas Game Wardens - May be Shared  (PDF|444.5KB)

[Slides not shared; notes handout provided]
~ Michael Mitchell, Assistant Commander Game Warden, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department


06-DIR Shared Technology Services (PPTX|10.58MB)

~ Lorie Ramirez, Customer Service Operations Director, TxDIR


07-Digital Transformation Enabled Through Identity Management (PDF|1121KB)

~ Chirag Patel, Principal, Deloitte & Tim Corder, Senior Manager, Deloitte
~ Tim Corder, Senior Manager, Deloitte


08-Strategies for Business Process Automation (PDF|976KB)

~ Nooshin Yazhari, President and Managing Principal, Optimum Consultancy Services


09-Is Your Cloud Environment Secure(PDF|4.65MB)

~ Kevin Deiters, Executive Director, Texas Emergency Services Retirement System
~ Mike Reed, Cloud Sherpa, DoubleHorn LLC


10-Texas Blockchain Project Update (PPTX|1.15MB)

~ Allan Martin, Director – IT Services, DIR
~ Eduardo Marquis, ITS Compliance and Improvement Specialist, DIR


11-Why IoT Demands Edge and Cloud (PPTX|18.29MB)

~ Aaron Allsbrook,Chief Technology Officer, ClearBlade


12-Selective Multi-Sourcing Gives Rise to Service Integration and Management (SIAM) (PDF|914.36KB)

~ Jerry Sheer, Western Regional Lead - ServiceNow Practice, Consulting, Accenture
~ Rob Cohan, Managing Director, Consulting, Accenture


13-DIR Update (PPTX|1.16MB)

~ John Hoffman, Chief Technology Officer, Texas Department of Information Resources
~ Todd Kimbriel, CIO, State of Texas


DIR neither endorses the content, products, services, or viewpoints expressed by the linked files, nor assumes any responsibility for the content of these presentations. DIR makes no effort to independently verify, and does not exert editorial control over, information on presentations provided by third parties.

Reference to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by DIR or the State of Texas, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

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
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. 


  • Eligibility: You must be a current employee of a Texas government/public sector organization.
  • Cost/Fees: The event is free; however, pre-registration is required and all registrants must commit to the cancellation policy, which includes a late cancellation/no show fee. 

Enrollment Form (Closed)(use this link to register, provide additional information, or to cancel).

Cancellation Policy & No Show Fees

Cancellation Deadline: Noon, Thursday, October 4, 2018. 
(Cancellations must be received via enrollment form.)

DIR is pleased to provide this FREE event for eligible attendees. Unfortunately, free events experience as much as 40% no shows and late cancellations. This results in empty seats, wasted funds, and wait-list registrants denied the opportunity to attend. 

For those reasons, a $50 fee will be charged for any no shows and late cancellations (those who fail to cancel by deadline stated above). A substitution can be sent without notice.

DIR understands that sometimes urgent matters arise that prevent someone from attending. That is a business decision for the registrant's agency to make, weighing the $50 cost.

Invoices for cancellation fees will be issued by: 
JFS Events, P.O. Box 12731, Austin, TX 78711  {EIN 45-5124481}


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 2018 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.


Exhibitor/Call for Presentations Flyer  (Closed)

Opportunity to Exhibit (Full - waitlist only)

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.


Register as an Exhibitor (Closed)

Call for Presentations(Open June 1 - June 25)

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.


Call for Presentations has ended.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas. 

AI and Machine Learning
App Dev
Business Intelligence
Collaboration and Engagement
Digital Services
Disaster Recovery
Internet of Things
IT Workforce​
Knowledge Management
Legacy Modernization
Tech Forecast/Visionary