Continuing Education/Training

DIR Technology Forum 2019

DIR's fall conference for state government IT leaders. 


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 was 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 offered educational sessions regarding strategic issues, technology updates, and DIR solutions and services.

Conference materials for which DIR has permission to share will be linked below within a few days after the conference.  This is primarily content created by third parties. If you have difficulty viewing a posted document, please contact the EIR Accessibility Coordinator. Note: DIR cannot guarantee the accessibility of external content. Also note the legal disclaimer at bottom of page.



01 DIR Welcome [No Slides Shared]Amanda Crawford, Executive Director, Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)John Hoffman, CTO, Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)

Big Tex8:50

02 Cloud: Strategies, Trends, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned (PDF - 3.33 MB)Rob Cohan, Managing Director, Consulting, AccentureSandra Woodruff, Deputy Director, Fiscal Management, Comptroller of Public AccountsChris Pasternak, Managing Director, Accenture

Big Tex9:45Break: Networking, Refreshments, Exhibits OpenAtrium

10:05 Breakout

03 The Art of Digital Transformation: 5 Steps to Revolutionize Government (PDF - 4.27 MB)Caleb Wederquist, Solution Architect, DataBank IMXRyan Ellis, Senior Business Analyst, DataBank IMX

Big Tex10:05Breakout

04 Improve Software Velocity and Portability with Cloud Native Development [No Slides Shared]Vishwas Lele, CTO, Applied Information Sciences, Inc.

Lil Tex11:00 Breakout05 Artificial Intelligence for Government (PDF - 1.22 MB)Noopur Gupta, Senior Systems Engineer, Travis County11:00 Breakout

06 Cloud Doesn't Have to Be All-Or-Nothing: The Amazing Benefits of a Hybrid Approach (PDF - 2.41 MB)Bobbi Chester, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Genesys

Lil Tex11:50Networking Lunch (Provided) - Exhibits OpenAtrium

12:50 Breakout

07 Cloud Analytics in Government (PDF - 3.09 MB)Kay Meyer, Industry Consultant, SAS

Big Tex12:50 Breakout

08 Software Defined Networking Demystified (PDF - 3.46 MB)David Gierke, Systems Architect, Cisco SystemsLee Glenn, State of Texas Customer Solutions Architect, Cisco Systems

Lil Tex

1:45 Breakout

09 Balancing Speed and Agility: Digital Transformation for Government (PDF - 3.06 MB)Chris Sexsmith, Cloud Specialist, Red Hat

Big Tex1:45 Breakout

10 Office 365: Utilizing Tools You Already Own for Security and Employee Engagement (PDF - 4.18 MB)

Michael Kennedy, Director of Public Sector, Catapult SystemsEd Higgins, Security and Compliance Director, Catapult SystemsMerritt Schroeder, Business Relationship Management Group, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Lil Tex2:35Break: Networking, Refreshments, Exhibits OpenAtrium2:55

11 Cloud Security Panel [No Slides Used]

Moderator: Gerardo Lopez, Asst. Director, Shared Technology Services and NSOC Security Operations, DIR

Richard Overfield, Principal Security Architect, AT&T ConsultingChris Boykin, CTO, Future ComAndy Bennett, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, DIR

Big Tex3:45

12 DIR Update & Conference Wrap (PPTX - 1.41 MB)John Hoffman, CTO, DIR

Big Tex4:30AdjournBig Tex


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.)


  • 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 (CLOSED)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 Campus10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758Southwest 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 - CLOSED

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

Date & Location

Date & Time

Thursday Oct 3, 2019
8:00am - 5:00pm CDT


Commons Conference Center, JJ Pickle Campus, University of Texas

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