DIR Technology Forum 2019

Join DIR at its fall conference for state government IT leaders. 

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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

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. Draft agenda shared below.



DIR Welcome
Amanda Crawford, Executive Director, Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)
John Hoffman, CTO, Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)

Big Tex

Cloud: Strategies, Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned
Rob Cohan, Managing Director, Consulting, Accenture
Sandra Woodruff, Deputy Director, Fiscal Management, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Chris Pasternak, Managing Director, Accenture

Big Tex
Break: Networking, Refreshments, Exhibits OpenAtrium

10:05 Breakout

The Art of Digital Transformation: 5 Steps to Revolutionize Government
Jason Engen, National Practice Director, Public Sector Division, DataBank IMX

Big Tex

Improve Software Velocity and Portability with Cloud Native Development
Vishwas Lele, CTO, Applied Information Sciences, Inc.

Lil Tex
​11:00 BreakoutArtificial Intelligence for Government
Noopur Gupta, Senior Systems Engineer, Travis County
11:00 Breakout

Cloud Doesn't Have to Be All-Or-Nothing: The Amazing Benefits of a Hybrid Approach
Bobbi Chester, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Genesys

Lil Tex
11:50Networking Lunch (Provided) - Exhibits Open

12:50 Breakout

Cloud Analytics in Government
Kay Meyer, Industry Consultant, SAS

Big Tex
12:50 Breakout

Software Defined Networking Demystified
David Gierke, Systems Architect, Cisco Systems

Lil Tex

1:45 Breakout

Balancing Speed and Agility: Digital Transformation for Government
Jamie Duncan, Sr. Cloud Guy, Red Hat

Big Tex
1:45 Breakout

Office 365: Utilizing Tools You Already Own for Security and Employee Engagement 
Eric Russell, Solution Director, Catapult Systems Solution 
Ed Higgins, Security and Compliance Director, Catapult Systems

Lil Tex
Break: Networking, Refreshments, Exhibits OpenAtrium

Cloud Security Panel
Richard Overfield, Principal Security Architect, AT&T Consulting
Chris Boykin, CTO, Future Com
Additional participants TBA

Big Tex

DIR Update & Conference Wrap
John Hoffman, CTO, DIR

Big Tex
AdjournBig Tex

* Information 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.

DIR reserves the right to limit seats per organization so that the maximum number of organizations can benefite.

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