DIR Technology Forum 2019

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Location & Hours

Start Time:
Oct 03 2019
8:00 AM
End Time:
Oct 03 2019
5:00 PM
Commons Conference Center, JJ Pickle Campus, University of Texas

DIR Technology Forum 2019

Journey to the Cloud: How to Get There

Thursday, October 3rd |  8:00 am – 4:30 pm | Austin, Texas 

DIR thanks TASSCC for sponsoring this event.

AgendaAttendee Registration and LogisticsExhibitors |Information for Vendor Participation

Agenda & Program

 This event is a free one-day, two-track conference for public sector IT leaders with the theme Journey to the Cloud: How to Get There. The conference offers educational sessions regarding strategic issues, technology updates, and DIR solutions and services. As topics are finalized, details will be posted here. Check out last year's conference for an example of schedule and presentations.

A sneak peek at the topics being finalized:*

  • Artificial Intelligence for Government (Travis County)
  • Balancing Speed and Agility: Digital Transformation For (Red Hat)
  • Cloud Analytics in Government (SAS)
  • Cloud Doesn't Have to Be All-Or-Nothing: The Amazing Benefits of A Hybrid Approach (Genesys)
  • Cloud Governance Trends, Best Practices & Lessons Learned (Accenture)
  • Cloud Security - Hear from a Panel of Experts!
  • DIR Update  
  • Improve Software Velocity and Portability Of Your Apps With Cloud Native (Applied Information Sciences, Inc.)
  • Office 365 Topic (Catapult Systems)
  • Software Defined Networking Demystified (Cisco Systems)
  • The Art of Digital Transformation: 5 Steps To Revolutionize Government (Databank IMX)

* All topics subject to change. 

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.)


  • 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: Attendees Register Here
Once available, use the enrollment link to register, provide additional information, or to cancel.

Cancellation Policy & No Show Fees

Cancellation Deadline: Noon, Friday, September 27, 2019 (3 business days prior to event) 
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 301, Hallettsville, TX  77964  {EIN 45-5124481}

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. 


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

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit

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. As exhibitors are confirmed, they will be listed here.

Information for Vendors Interested in Participating

DIR invites interested vendors to participate in the 2019 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. 

View the Exhibitor & Speaker Opportunities Flyer

Opportunity to Exhibit (FULL - No additions being accepted)

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

To be added to the waitlist, click the "register as an exhibitor" link above.
Compete the information in the form. No payment is made unless space becomes available.

Call for Presentations (Due by June 28) - 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. This year's theme is Journey to the Cloud: How to Get There.  

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

  • Accessibility
  • Agile
  • AI and Machine Learning
  • App Dev
  • Business Intelligence
  • Change Management
  • Cloud
  • Cloud Analytics
  • Collaboration/Engagement
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data
  • Digital Services
  • BCP & Disaster Recovery
  • Innovation
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Knowledge Management
  • Legacy Modernization
  • Migration Strategies
  • Mitigating Risk
  • Network
  • Strategic Assessment
  • Tech Forecast/Visionary
  • Trends and Challenges
  • Transformation