2016 Annual Conference

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May 3-6, 2016
San Antonio, TX



"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." -John Quincy Adams 

 


User Groups

Local user groups extend the benefits of TAGITM membership, increase our knowledge base, and build lasting friendships. Join or start one today! For more information on user groups in your area contact 
Tim Nolan at 
membership@tagitm.org.

Current list of user groups


News Feed Provides Easy Access to Tech News

The TAGITM home page has several technology news feeds on the latest in technology news. Visit www.tagitm.org to find the latest technology stories to help stay current with breaking stories. If you know of a great news feed we can incorporate into the website, please let us know by emailing info@tagitm.org

 

 


 


In this Issue


    From the President

    Football season is well underway (Go Ags!), rain has come to most of the State (too much in some places), Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas is right around the corner. Hard to believe the year is rapidly coming to a close. It is normal to reflect back on the year, and I believe all TAGITM members can be proud of what has been accomplished. We planned and held our first ever Regional Event, the IT Summit in Arlington on Oct 14th; TAGITM sponsored presentations at TML were excellent and well received; we co-sponsored the Austin IT Strategies Conference, working with Acclaim Events; the organization is financially sound, and yours truly is on Twitter @TagitmPres. For those of you who have put off renewing your membership, please consider taking care of this. It is your participation and contribution that make TAGITM vibrant and relevant.
    As this this edition goes to print, many of you will be making travel plans for Christmas. Travel safe, and enjoy some well-deserved time with family and friends.

    Making IT happen.
    Ben Roper
    TAGITM President


    Organization in the Spotlight

    Organization Name: City of Schertz, TX (36,900)
    Schertz currently has approx 300 employees and is located in the fast-growing I35 / I10 Corridor in the northeast quadrant of the San Antonio Metroplex. With room to grow, Schertz is expected to achieve a peak population of 75,000 within the next 10 to 15 years. Neighboring Randolph AFB for many years was the primary employer for Schertz residents and Schertz still maintains a proud tradition of working in partnership with the Air Force on many local issues.  Schertz was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live (under 50,000) in the US by Money Magazine in 2009. .

    Number of IT Workers in the Organization: 
    7 - including 4 Technical Staff, 1 Web Designer, 1 admin and 1 Director. 

    Significant Technology Achievements: 
    BudgetCents App (http://visitschertz.mobi/budgetapp/#/) (2015)
    Phase One - Master Communications Plan - DR Site Design and Buildout (2015/16)
    Migration to Office 365 (2014)
    Founding Partner - Alamo Regional Public Safety System (ARPSS) - Regional Public Safety Computer-Aided Dispatch System (2007 - current (see explanation below)
    Development Partner - Bexar County Regional Law Enforcement Records Management System (2015 - ongoing)
    Developed and Deployed Online City-Wide Employee Evaluation System using Open Source Technology (2014/2015)
    Developed and Deployed Custom Employee Recruitment Tracking tool for HR using Open Source Technology (2015)
    Deployed SolarWinds Network Monitoring (2014/2015)

    Plans for Future Technology Initiatives: 
    Phases 2, 3 & 4 - Master Communications Plan - Deploy Wireless Backhauls and Endpoints for City-Wide Wireless Network
    Complete Migration to Virtual Environment
    Security, Security, Security
    Upgrade / Replace Core Financial Package 
    Upgrade SCADA system
    Ongoing City-wide Sharepoint Deployment
    Complete Buildout of NorthEast Regional Public Safety Initiative with Cibolo, Texas Public Safety
    Upgrade Schertz.Com Main City Website
    Assist P&Z Department in Selecting Software Vendor for new Permitting and Planning Tracking System

    Most Challenging Project: 
    Alamo Area Regional Public Safety System - Project took 3 years to configure, and implement, this is a multi-jurisdictional, multi-million-dollar Computer - Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. This project required close collaboration with the City of San Antonio Law and Fire departments and the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. Schertz' participation in this project has saved the City millions of dollars over purchasing and running a system in-house, and provides our Public Safety departments full access to a top-notch CAD system that ordinarily would have been out of our reach. The success of this program has opened the door for additional regional partnerships and proved how efficient and beneficial the use of carefully selected outsourced service partnerships for mission-critical systems can be. 

    Most Rewarding Project: 
    Schertz BudgetCents App - Built using Agile development processes in 3 months with collaboration from multiple City departments, management and residents, this simple application helps demonstrate how municipal governments make decisions when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars. This tool can help students and citizens understand how municipalities make trade-offs when it comes to allocating limited budget resources in a simple game-style format. In addition, this project proved that the staff and residents of Schertz can work together on projects that benefit all. This was one of the most interesting and fun projects we've worked on here at Schertz and are looking forward to building on this experience.

    What is Most Valuable About Being a TAGITM Member: 
    Educational, Networking and information-sharing opportunities. The annual conferences are a great way to meet and greet, and I've always come back from these events with something valuable and useful. I also enjoyed the recent security summit. This was a great event with excellent speakers. I hope that there are more such events on the horizon.


    TAGITM Membership Renewals

    Have you renewed your TAGITM Membership? The new Membership Year began October 1st. You can renew now by logging into your organizations master account or contacting TAGITM headquarters at info@tagitm.org.  We look forward to another great year!


    News from Membership - Tim Nolan, Membership Chair

    Please welcome the following new members to our TAGITM group:

    New Member Agency RMG
    Jeffrey Foster City of Weatherford W Ft Worth
    Travis Cochrane  City of New Braunfels

    Austin Area

     Kyle Spooner City of North Richland Hills E Ft Worth





    Welcome to some; welcome back to others.

    We are searching for Regional Membership Chairs for our new areas.

    • Panhandle
    • El Paso
    • Central Coast
    • N Houston
    • SE Texas

    If anyone from those areas wants to volunteer then please contact me.   Don’t be surprised if you get a “cold call” from me about running a RMG. It’s fun, exhilarating and life-affirming.  Running a RMG will be something that you’ll tell your grandkids about!

    Check the TAGITM website for updates to the events page, which now includes the presentations given at the 2015 TML Conference and our Regional Membership Group page, which includes some new groups!


    TAGITM Listserv

    Are you on the TAGITM Listserv? The TAGITM Listserv is for Agency members only to provide mechanisms for members to share experiences, questions and other pertinent information with TAGITM members. If you would like to be added to the listserv please contact TAGITM headquarters at info@tagitm.org.  


    Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers
    P. O. Box 200363, Austin, Texas 78720