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The Greater Fort Lauderdale - Broward County Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316

 Concurrent Sessions and Discussion Groups


Technology and Digital Government

Concurrent Sessions

Intergovernmental Technology Sharing

Experience shows that governments can lower their costs and still provide effective service by combining their efforts in areas as diverse as public safety, economic development, and recreation. The same holds true for technology, and in addition, cooperative arrangements for technology require special skills and tools. This session will describe opportunities for sharing technologies and secrets to making these cooperative ventures work.

Sunday, June 15, 2008 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Moderator: Mary Fitzpatrick, Director of Financial Systems and Reporting, City and County of San Francisco, CA
Speakers: Tim Barbee, Director of Research and Information Services, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington, TX

Bob Hanson, Chief Information Officer, Sarasota County Government, FL

How Much Is Enough?   Budgeting for Technology

Increased emphasis on technology means it will become an ever greater area of expenditure. As such, finance and technology professionals will need to work together to determine how much to spend on technology and to ensure that money is being spent wisely. This session will describe how finance and technology staff can work together to identify the most appropriate investments, size IT budgets, and evaluate the results of spending.

Monday, June 16, 2008 / 10:25 am – 12:10 pm


Moderator: Dean Martin, Executive Manager, Finance and Administration, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Chino, CA
Speakers: Barry Axelrod, Chief Information Officer, Collier County, Naples, FL

Liza Lowery Massey, Chief Executive Officer, The CIO Collaborative, Nokesville, VA

Laurie VanPelt, Director, Management and Budget, Oakland County Government, Waterford, MI 

Affordable Technologies for Small Governments

In the digital age, cutting-edge technology promises great benefits in the form of increased productivity and efficiency. However, given the accompanying high costs and risk that can be associated with new technology, smaller governments may not find them accessible.  This session will explore how innovative smaller governments have managed to make technology work for them without breaking the bank or sticking their neck out too far. Their experiences will provide you with ideas for how technology can be put to use in your small government.

Monday, June 16, 2008 / 10:25 am – 12:10 pm


Moderator: Laura Sitrin, Finance Director, City of Newport, RI
Speakers: John Backman, Executive Director, eCityGov Alliance, Bellevue, WA

Louis Boglioli, III, Financial Services Assistant Director, City of Stuart, FL

Organizing for ERP: Before, During, and After Implementation

Good organization of your ERP team positions you to maximize the return on your ERP investment. This session will provide strategies for organizing your ERP team at every stage of the ERP system life cycle – from building the business case for procuring a new system to on-going maintenance and support. Practitioners will share methods for managing your organization, including project management strategies and how to secure meaningful participation and support from all those departments with a stake in the success of the ERP system.

Monday, June 16, 2008 / 1:25 pm – 3:05 pm


Moderator: Bryon A. Karow, Assistant Auditor/Controller, County of Marin, San Rafael, CA
Speakers: David Indra, Information Services Manager III, County of Santa Clara, Controller’s Office, San Jose, CA

Earl Lambert, Chief Technology Officer, City of Houston, TX


Making the Old New Again: Getting the Most Out of Existing Technologies

Buying new is not necessarily the only way to get value from technology. Existing technology investments can be revitalized. This session will describe strategies for using existing technologies as part of your on-going business improvement projects. Topics to be explored will include strategies for optimizing current systems and methods for using existing systems as part of modern process and information management systems.

Monday, June 16, 2008 / 3:20 pm - 5 pm


Moderator: Debra Murray, Director of Budget and Finance, Washington County, Hagerstown, MD
Speakers: Amy Meeker Berg, Deputy Treasurer, Johnson County, Olathe, KS

Hemant Sharma, CTO for the State and Local Solutions Group, CGI, Fairfax, VA

Don’t Lose Your Memory:  Technology for Knowledge Management

With the Boomer retirement wave, many governments are losing their most senior, experienced professionals, and along with them important institutional knowledge.  Knowledge management (KM) technology can help governments to capture the type of knowledge that can walk out the door. Speakers will present information on what a KM strategy looks like, technologies that support KM, and tips for successfully executing a KM approach.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 / 10:15 am – 11:55 am


Moderator: Michael Bailey, Finance Director, City of Redmond, WA
Speakers: Sarah Jackson, Sales Consulting Director, State and Local Applications, Oracle Corporation, Washington, DC

Dave Melbye, Senior Manager, Research and Consulting Center, Government Finance Officers Association, Chicago, IL

What Finance Officers Need to Know About Geographic Information Systems

GIS is a versatile technology that can support a wide variety of uses and finance officers need to be up to speed on what GIS can do.  Session participants will discuss the most cost-effective uses of GIS for both small and large organizations.  Practitioners will share their experiences with GIS on tasks such as capital planning and growth studies.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 / 1:55 pm – 3:35 pm


Speakers: Dave Mockert, Director, State and Local Practice, GeoAnalytics, Inc., Madison, WI

Duncan Shaw, Co-President, Cogsdale Corporation, Charlottetown, PEI 

Saving Dollars and Serving Citizens: E-Government Approaches for the Finance Function

Although the initial hype surrounding e-government has died down, e-government has quietly continued to open up new opportunities for government to run more efficiently while simultaneously enhancing citizen service. Attend this session to learn about e-government’s greatest hits (and some misses) – and not just as it relates to internet but to telephony and also to other modes of service delivery.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 / 8:30 am – 10:10 am


Moderator: Deborah Freischlag, Director of Finance, Village of Woodridge, IL
Speakers: Doug Johnston, Project Manager, The Active Network, Burnaby, BC

David J. Molchany, Deputy County Executive, Fairfax County Government, Fairfax, VA

Easy e-Procurement

E-Procurement has the potential to save a great deal of money, but is often viewed as a complex technology that is out of reach for all but the most sophisticated buyers. This session will describe e-procurement opportunities that can deliver substantial benefit and that can be implemented by almost any government. Attendees will leave this session with a greater understanding of the “low hanging fruit” of e-procurement and where you might look to use this technology to save your own organization’s purchasing dollars.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 / 10:25 am – 12:05 pm   


Speakers: Michael Bevis, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Naperville, IL

David Dise, Director, Office of Procurement, Montgomery County, Rockville, MD

Thomas J. Brennan, President, Proactis Inc., Proactis, Wetherby, UK   


Discussion Groups

Emerging Technologies: What Are You Doing?

New technologies offer a plethora of possibilities for reducing costs, increasing revenue, improving service, and bettering citizen access to government, just to name a few. With so many opportunities, wouldn’t it be nice to know which ones your peers are pursuing and why? Well, now you can! Come to this discussion session to find out.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 / 3:50 pm – 4:50 pm


Discussion Leader: Victoria Harrison, Director, SunGard Public Sector, Lake Mary, FL 

Implementing a Time and Attendance System

Time and attendance systems have important potential benefits, but present challenges distinct from other types of system implementations. Participants will discuss lessons and challenges from implementation, managing expectations for this highly visible technology, and approaches for getting the most out of your time and attendance system at go-live and beyond.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 / 3:50 pm – 4:50 pm


Discussion Leader: Len R. Neff, Director of Fiscal Operations, Broward County Water and Wastewater Services, Pompano Beach, FL