Preliminary Agenda

Annual Conference & Technology Showcase

Sharing Solutions and Enabling Innovation

August 26 - 29
Big Sky Montana



(Agenda subject to change)

Sunday, August 26


8:30am - 5pm

Executive Board Meeting (Executive Board Members and Staff Only)

1:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Registration Opens

6pm - 8pm

Networking Reception

Dinner on your own

Monday, August 27


7am - 4:30pm


7:30am - 8:30am

Networking Breakfast

8:30am - 9am

Conference Welcome
The Honorable Mike Cooney

Lt. Governor
State of Montana

9am - 10am

Featured Presentation
Thurl Bailey

Professional Speaker, Singer/Songwriter, Community Advocate and Game Analyst for the Utah Jazz

Thurl Bailey inspires others to win whatever the odds or disappointments. Master storyteller and accomplished speaker, he inspires organizations and individuals to focus on what matters most: to persevere, build winning teams, encourage peak performance, develop leadership, and discover opportunities in change.

10am - 10:30am

2018 State Mainframe Strategies Survey - Key Findings
Pat Snow, CIO
State of South Dakota
2017 - 2018 NASTD President

NASTD President Pat Snow highlights significant findings from this year’s NASTD state mainframe strategy survey.

*Diamond Sponsor Recognition - Genesys*

10:30am - 11am

Networking Break

11am - 11:45am

Connected Transportation, IoT and Security - What Can Government Do Now?
Rebecca Chisolm, Director State and Local Government, Cisco Systems

The emergence of autonomous and connected vehicles, increase in distracted driving and rise in urban populations make connected transportation an imperative for states and cities alike. Many states are embarking upon a connected roadway pilot or project using IoT sensors, cloud technology and edge computing to address some of the most pressing transportation solutions. With connected transportation, states and cities can create safer roads, intersections and overall transportation for their citizens. However, these devices create voluminous data and the accompanying cybersecurity vulnerabilities that must be managed properly.  Session attendees will come away with a better understanding of the government mandates, technology solutions and key case studies they can use in managing these new IoT technologies.

11:45am - 12pm

NASTD Community Outreach Project
Montana Girls STEM Collaborative
Suzi Taylor, Co-Leader
Montana Girls STEM Collaborative
Montana State University

The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative, a state chapter of the National Girls Collaborative, brings together organizations and individuals who inform and inspire girls and young women to consider careers in STEM. As a capacity-building network, the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative facilitates collaborations, shares resources and exemplary practices and brings national-level programs to Montana. The Collaborative is particularly focused on serving Montana’s most rural and reservation communities, where young people often lack access to role models and STEM opportunities.

12pm - 1pm

Networking Lunch

1pm - 3pm

Technology Talks: Lessons Learned from State IT Projects

PA Shared Services Transformation
Stacey White
, Shared Services Program Manager, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

In January 2017, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania launched an initiative to transform the administrative functions of human resources and information technology into a shared services model to improve services, while reducing costs and streamlining work. This session will discuss the new model being implemented to group IT services to serve both the enterprise and agencies, and how Pennsylvania was able to build upon its previous efforts towards shared services and draw upon successful models in other states.

Information Security: Enabler of Innovation!
Vinod Brahmapuram
, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, State of South Carolina

State governments are at a transition precipice. Transition of - workforce from digital immigrants to digital citizens, services from linear to integrated model and technology from legacy systems to leading edge! This rapid transition has challenged state government to relentlessly innovate. Hear how the State of South Carolina phoenixed its way out of the massive data breach of 2012 and is poised to innovate, provide and lead.

Scrum in State Government
Rob Galick
and Jason Jordan, Business Application Managers, State of Wyoming

Join Jason Jordan and Rob Galik, business application solutions supervisors for the state of Wyoming, as they present on their state's agile software development efforts. Discussion will include how Wyoming utilized scrum basics as well as a typical scrum project life cycle.

OpEx or CapEx: Which way do we go?
Victoria Wallis, Strategic Project Manager, Iowa Communications Network

Government has some different factors to evaluate when deploying projects and systems. The current environment of increasing speed of technological advancement combined with decreasing budgets force government to look at the funding question differently.  Examples of various projects, the factors involved, and the end results will be used to tell the tale of an evolving mindset at the State of Iowa.

*Diamond Sponsor Recognition - Carahsoft*

3pm - 3:30pm

Networking Break

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Key Workforce Issues and Trends in State Government
National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE)
Leslie Scott, NASPE Executive Director
Byron Decoteau (LA), NASPE President

With retirements on the rise and a new generation (millennials) in the workforce, state governments are experiencing significant change in their workforces. Is state government changing along with it? Hear about workforce trends and how states are responding to the changing nature of the work being done, an evolving culture, and significant recruitment and retention challenges.

5:15pm - 6:15pm

Diamond Sponsor Reception (invitation only)
State members and diamond sponsors

6:30pm - 9pm

NASTD Reception and Dinner



Tuesday, August 28


7am - 4:30pm


7:30am - 8:30am

Networking Breakfast

8:30am - 9:30am

Roundtable Networking Session

9:30am - 10:30am

Current Perspectives from State CIOs: Evolution and Transition
Doug Robinson, Executive Director, National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)

Bo Reese, CIO, State of Oklahoma
Rich Kliethermes, Acting CIO, State of Missouri

The state CIO landscape is constantly changing – this is obvious to all observers. This panel will discuss state CIOs priorities for 2018 and what can we expect in the near future. While these state leaders are focused on successful execution against strategy, reducing risk and Improvement in project and service delivery, they’re facing increasing pressures to deliver more value.  Their business models are evolving and new operating disciplines being tested. How do state CIO organizations plan to deliver or obtain IT services over the next three years? Will the “State CIO as Broker” approach gain more traction? In addition, with 36 gubernatorial elections in 2018, many state CIO transitions are anticipated. What will new state CIOs need to know to be successful?


*Diamond Sponsor Recognition - Google*

10:30am - 11am

Networking Break

11am - 12pm

Agile: If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now
David Rizzo, Director of Federal, State and Local, Compuware

David Rizzo led development teams using the waterfall methodology for more than 19 years. Then, Compuware got a new CEO who decreed the organization would be agile in 90 days. Hear how David led the transition from waterfall to agile and learn about the tools he used to implement this challenging transformation.

12pm - 1pm

Networking Lunch

1pm - 1:45pm

FirstNet Implementation Status Update
Jennifer Harder, Ph.D., Senior Director Product
FirstNet Authority

Join Jennifer Harder for an overview of the roll-out of FirstNet’s products and services to date with some insights on what’s to come.

*Diamond Sponsor Recognition - Capgemini*

1:45pm - 2:15pm

Networking Break

2:15pm - 3:30pm

NASTD State Members Annual Business Meeting

NASTD Corporate Affiliate Committee Annual Business Meeting

3:30pm - 7pm

Technology Showcase

5:30pm - 7pm

Showcase Reception in Exhibit Hall


Open night / Dinner on your own



Wednesday, August 29


7:30am - 2:30pm


7:30am - 8:20am

Networking Breakfast

8:30am - 9:30am

Technology Session

9:30am - 10:30am

How Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization Are Transforming Network Service Delivery
Mike Keenan, Technical Manager, AT&T

Like the rapid adoption of smartphone technology in the consumer and business space, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are quickly gaining traction in Enterprise IT architecture. Learn how these technologies are reshaping the IT communications landscape and how they may be adopted in your organization.

*Diamond Sponsor Recognition - AT&T*

10:30am - 11am

Networking Break

11am - 11:30am

State Government Factors Influencing the Adoption of Cloud Computing
William Rials, Ph.D., Enterprise Architect
State of Mississippi

Cloud computing remains as one of the most commonly discussed topics by state government IT leaders.  However, the public sector, especially state and local government, remain slow to fully adopt and embrace the use of cloud computing. Nationwide, scholarly research was conducted to help identify what factors influenced the adoption of cloud computing in state government. This session will highlight the findings of the research and identify which factors are critical to government organizations adopting cloud computing.

11:30am - 12pm

Improving Data Governance and Data Integrity
Ed Kelly, Statewide Data Coordinator
State of Texas

In 2015 the 84th(R) Texas Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 1912 which directed the Department of Information Resources (DIR) to employ a Statewide Data Coordinator to improve the control and security of collected information, encourage interagency data sharing, and promote centralized open data publication. This session will discuss the journey, and lessons learned, on how the Office of the Statewide Data Coordinator has established a collaborative environment in a decentralized government environment, implemented best practices to improve interagency data management and sharing, promote data transparency and improve information insights through data analysis.

12pm - 1pm

Networking Lunch

1pm - 2pm

When Disaster Strikes: Lessons Learned from Hurricanes Irma and Maria
Tony Riddick, Chief Information Officer
U.S. Virgin Islands

2pm - 3pm

People, Process and Technology


John Hoffman, Chief Technology Officer, Texas Department of Information Resources
2017 - 2018 NASTD Vice President


Claire Bailey (Compuware), NASTD President – 2012; NASTD Life Member

Anne Hardwick (Compunetix), NASTD Life Member

Carl Hotvedt (MT, retired), NASTD President – 2004; NASTD Life Member

Dan Oehmke (MN), NASTD President – 2013; NASTD Life Member

Charlie Sasser (GA), NASTD Life Member  

History has seen technology evolve through the Jet Age, Atomic Age, Space Age and the Industrial and Digital Revolutions. Now in the Information Age, we are experiencing daily innovations in communications and data analytics technologies. In this closing session a panel of former NASTD leaders will provide their perspectives on the exciting technological changes they have witnessed and how these changes have impacted state governments, technology providers and NASTD.  

3pm - 3:30pm

Networking Break

3:30pm - 4:30pm

State Members’ Regional Meetings (State Members Only)

6pm - 8:30pm

Reception and Annual Recognition Dinner

thursday, August 30

7:30am - 9am

Networking Breakfast