March 2012

        Special Edition             


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OPERATION COMFORT

TAGITM is proud and honored to select Operation Comfort as this year's recipient of our Give IT Back Program. Operation Comfort provides support to service members who have been wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq and are receiving treatment at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
www.operationcomfort.org
 


 
ELECTRONIC
BALLOTEERING

For the first time in the history of our organization, this year's elections will be digital! We will be utilizing the Balloteer on-line election system, which is a secure, web based application that allows online voting ballots and hosts elections so that we can better manage our election process.
Read more about electronic balloteering.


"Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm."

- Publilius Syrus

 
From The Membership Committee....

TAGITM is growing! Did you know we currently have 192 municipalities, 68 counties, and 19 other government agency members? We also have 81 affiliate members that work directly with our membership by offering technology solutions and consultation services. The Executive Board has extended an invitation to TML and TAC to participate with us in our annual conference this year and hope to have more collaborative opportunities with each organization in the future.


New Slate of Officers Announced

Your vote counts toward electing a new TAGITM Executive Board at the annual business meeting. Nominations are complete. Look for them on your electronic ballot. 
 
 
 

 

 2012 TAGITM Conference Agenda Set  
 
 
The Executive Board along with the Conference and Education Committees have set the agenda for the 2012 TAGITM Annual Conference. This year promises to be the best year yet with outstanding keynote speakers, informative education sessions, and an exhibit hall full of solution providers from across the industry. The conference agenda includes sessions on a number of hot topics including CJIS compliance, Mobile Device Management, Two Factor Authentication, Enterprise Content Management, Cyber Crime and Social Media and many more.

There are a few schedule changes so "expect the unexpected" and review the full agenda before finalizing travel plans. We are certain you will want to be there from the beginning event to the last moment!  
  
 
This year's conference is being held at the beautiful Westin Riverwalk Hotel located in downtown San Antonio, Texas.  What a great location to spend a few extra days before or after the conference!  Conference registration is now open.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


WEDNESDAY  Dr. Shannon Tufts - IT's Place at the Planning Table

Why IT must have a place at the planning table, how to get there, and what to do once you get there! Dr. Tuft designed and implemented the first CGCIO program in Texas and is passionate about leadership in technology.
 
 
THURSDAY  Dr. Beverly Chiodo - Character Driven Success
Enlarge your understanding of what makes communication powerful and effective and challenge yourself with a new perspective on how to motivate others to excellence. As you participate, laugh, and refine your ability to speak and write, you will learn to influence and motivate others.
 
 
FRIDAY John Daly - Advocacy: Influencing Others and Selling Ideas

Become a master of advocacy. Like it or not, there is a politics to ideas in any organization. Successful leaders must be able to convince people to adopt their notions. Learn what it takes to successfully pitch and effectively advocate your ideas.
 

SPECIAL EVENTS


Golf Outing - Sponsored by Net Sales Direct

Start the conference by joining fellow TAGITM members at one of San Antonio's best courses, The Republic Golf Club. Not a golfer? No problem, a Riverwalk Boat Tour complete with lunch is an alternate activity!
 
President's Reception

Meet new friends and greet old ones at the President's Reception on Tuesday night. Relax with music and light refreshments. Follow the President's Reception by joining friends in the Hospitality Suite, sponsored by CDW.
 
Awards Luncheon - Sponsored by Century Link

The Awards Luncheon is Wednesday, a slight change from our traditional schedule. Join us in congratulating this year's winners.  TAGITM is now accepting nominations for the excellence and website awards. Additional information is on the TAGITM website.  Nominations must be submitted by April 13, 2012. 
 
Thursday Night Event - Sponsored by SHI.

Plan to stay, then stay to win! Have a roll of the dice at a Las Vegas Style Casino night and take a gamble on having a great time!

   
Bylaw Amendments Proposed At The Annual Business Meeting 
 
As part of the TAGITM Executive Board's periodic review of Bylaws and operational procedures, proposed amendments to the TAGITM Bylaws have been itemized and are presented for your consideration. These proposals include items identified by the Executive Board and the TAGITM Membership. The documents below are available for your consideration.  


                                    - Proposed Bylaws 
                                    - Business Meeting Agenda 

This year, for both the election of Executive Board and for the bylaws election, TAGITM will be using electronic voting. In order to provide each Agency Member Voting Representative a secure ballot, a separate email will be sent to you from dpeterson@cmpmanagement.com which will have the link for the electronic ballot and your login credentials to cast your ballot. This email will arrive on Monday, April 16, 2012. If you do not receive the email please contact us at info@tagitm.org to receive a ballot.
 
Voting by electronic ballot will be open from 9:00 AM (CDT) on Monday, April 16, 2012 and will close at 9:15 AM (CDT) on Friday, May 25, 2012. Results of the election will be made known at the business meeting on Friday at the annual conference. Please contact TAGITM if you have any questions about the proposed changes, the electronic ballot or your login credentials. 

 A BIG Thank You!

When choosing a solution provider, please remember our affiliates. The TAGITM annual conference would not be the success it is without their generous support! New this year, a special vendor reception is scheduled for Wednesday at 4 PM in the exhibit hall. This event will "kick off" our time with the vendors so plan to be there to meet your next solution provider! TAGITM extends a special thanks to the sponsors below. 
 
Platinum Level
CDW / SHI Government Solutions /  Net Sales Direct                     
Gold Level
Microsoft / Laserfiche / MCCi / Vision Internet / Century Link / Future Com
Silver Level
Canon IV /  Crystal Communications
 
 
Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers
P. O. Box 200363, Austin, Texas 78720