Preliminary Agenda

2020 Virtual Annual Conference
Building Bridges to our Future

While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted in- person meetings and events across the globe, NASTD will be utilizing a safe and secure virtual collaboration platform to deliver a high-quality virtual learning experience to its members for our 43rd Annual Conference. The conference will feature seven sessions spanning a two-week period in late September and early October. As a NASTD member representative, you can enjoy this experience at no cost from the comfort and safety of your office or your home.





Tuesday, September 29


1:00pm - 1:30pm Eastern

First Things First: CYA
Check Your Attitude

Matt Booth, MAC, CSP

Staying positive in a negative world is a difficult task. You will run into problems and obstacles daily. There never has or never will be such as thing as a perfect day. Bad stuff happens, it’s called life. When the bad stuff happens, Check Your Attitude!

Check Your Attitude enough and you won’t have to worry about the other CYA!



1:30pm - 3:00pm Eastern

COVID-19 and Beyond: Preparing for the Next Big Event

Session Moderator:
Vicki Wallis, Strategic Project Manager, State of Iowa

Session Panelists:
Chris Dilley, Chief Architect, ServiceNow
Gerard Pompa, Director, Compunetix, Inc
Anna Twomey, Senior Solution Advisor, Blue Prism Americas
Dean Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, Georgia Technology Authority, State of Georgia



Wednesday, September 30


1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern

Are You Ready to Engineer and Sustain AI Systems?

Ipek Ozkaya, Technical Director of Engineering Intelligent Software Systems Group, Carnegie Mellon University/ Software Engineering Institute (SEI)

State governments are increasingly interested in taking full advantage of improved capabilities of machine learning (ML) algorithms and building artificial intelligence (AI) systems. AI systems are software-reliant systems, which include data and components that implement algorithms mimicking learning and problem solving. The increasing availability of computing resources and off-the shelf ML solutions give the impression that engineering, deploying, and maintaining an AI system are trivial.  The sneaky part about engineering AI systems is they are "just like" conventional software systems we can design and reason about until they are not. However, many principles and practices of building long-lived software systems that are sustainable still apply to engineering AI systems. In this talk, I will summarize foundational practices that decision makers should be aware of before taking on key AI engineering initiatives in their organizations.



Thursday, October 1


1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern

Contemporary Solutions for Public Sector Cloud Computing  

Brad Steele, Director of Unified Communications, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Gary Buonacorsi, Chief Technology Officer, SLED, Tanium
Duane Barnes, Executive Director, Technology and Operations, Cox Business
David Mettler, Vice President of Regulated Markets Sales, Iron Mountain Data Centers
John Hoffman, Chief Technology Officer, Interim State Chief Information Officer, State of Texas







Tuesday, October 6


1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern

Business Relationship Management (BRM): Moving from Provider to Partner

Kip Fanta, CBRM
Principal, Kip Fanta Group

Everyone is talking “Digital Transformation”, and how technology is at the center of business, but many times the IT function is not being seen or leveraged as a strategic partner in the work. It’s an exciting time to be in IT, but we must continue to evolve. This session will review how a strong BRM capability converges cross-functional teams and eliminates value-depleting organizational silos. BRM strengthens collaboration and drives a culture of creativity, innovation, and shared ownership across the enterprise so that holistic, innovative, and value-driven strategies are created and deliver their intended business value results.



Wednesday, October 7


1pm - 2:30pm Eastern

Current Issues in Public Sector Cybersecurity Management

Vinod Brahmapuram, CISO, Washington

Chris Jensen, Cyber Security Technology Lead, Tenable
Jerrod Chong, Chief Solutions Officer, Yubico
Maria Thompson, Chief Risk Officer, State of North Carolina



Thursday, October 8


1pm - 2:30pm Eastern

State CIO Panel Discussion

Doug Robinson, NASCIO Executive Director

Denis Goulet, Commissioner / Chief Information Officer, NH Department of Information Technology
John Hoffman, Chief Technology Officer, Interim State Chief Information Officer, Texas Department of Information Resources