2019 Seguin Government Regional Summit Speakers
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Making data open and accessible, while driving policy and community engagement, in style

Jared Wahlberg

Enterprise Applications Manager, City of Cedar Park

Jared Wahlberg is the Enterprise Applications Manager for the City of Cedar Park. His team supports all of the City's enterprise software applications and database platforms including the City's mobile 311 application, GIS, Public Works, Public Safety, Financial, and HR systems. The Applications team also develops a number of custom web and mobile applications.

Abstract

It’s been said that nearly every policy decision at the local level begins with a map. In this digital, internet of things age, Cedar Park realized that the more readily available the City’s data was, the more informed and engaged its residents would be. Upon looking at how other benchmark Cities used technology to make data available to residents, Cedar Park quickly saw that the landscape for data dissemination was vast, and often underdeveloped. Through a collaborative effort, City Managers and IT staff worked together to establish criteria that would set a new standard for making Geographic Information Systems data available to anyone who wanted it. The criteria was as follows: that it would be created entirely in-house with existing technologies, incorporate modern mobile and web design concepts, include multimedia content, allow the user to view and download the City’s entire data catalog for free, showcase City development initiatives, be educational, and last but not least, continue to offer legacy mapping products: good old-fashion paper maps. The result was Cedar Park Atlas (https://www.cpatlas.com/)

7 Security Mindsets to Adopt Today

Ted Gruenloh

Chief Operating Officer, Sentinel IPS

Ted has worked with web and network security technologies for more than 20 years. He began his career in technology as a full-stack engineer in web development and design. As Chief Operating Officer, Ted guides the overall operations of Sentinel, the CINS Active Threat Intelligence System, and all other supporting technologies. You may also find him presenting at an information security conference or trade show, spreading the word about shared threat intelligence.

One of Sentinel’s first employees, Ted is not afraid to get his hands dirty supporting Sentinel customers or lending a hand in Sentinel software development. Ted received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!) and his Master of Education (Secondary Mathematics) from the University of North Texas.

He resides in the DFW area with his wife and two sons, which keep him busy on seemingly every karate dojo and auditorium in the North Texas area. He can also be found swinging a hammer for Habitat for Humanity or riding his beloved bicycle for Team in Training.

Abstract

It can be easy to get caught up in thinking if you just had that new shiny device, your network security burden would be lighter. The reality is that no one device can solve your problem, and these days it takes a completely new perspective to tackle security in the real world. In this presentation, we'll discuss 7 security mindsets - some new, some old - and how they can help you make smarter, more practical decisions about protecting your network.

Three Learning Objectives

  1. We will gain knowledge of practical tools we can use to protect our networks, data, and users.
  2. We will learn how to better communicate and share information with our peers.
  3. We will learn a new perspective and philosophy on network security, which will help us make smarter purchasing and policy decisions.

 

Enabling Smart Cities/Roadways of Tomorrow

Andrew Wilson photoAndrew Wilson

IoT & Smart Cities Engineer, Cisco

After losing his car to a flooded roadway, Andrew Wilson jumped on the opportunity to help create the Smart Cities/Roadways of tomorrow. Living in the DFW metroplex, he has spent the last three and a half years at Cisco focused on helping the Texas public sector build solutions to address technological and operational challenges. Andrew also brings to bear fifteen years of engineering & design experience helping companies like Sabre, Dell, Nestle, TTI and AAA achieve business outcomes.

Abstract

I’ve never had a customer tell me they wanted to be a dumb city. The challenge is… “Smart Cities” today is a lot like when “the cloud” first appeared. Everybody wants it, but rarely understand what it is. There’s a lot of talk around data as a currency, and continuous stream of unique siloed solutions emerging. At Cisco we see a smart city as one that uses digital technology to connect, protect, and enhance the lives of citizens.

In this session we’ll focus on connected and intelligent roadways as part of a greater Smart City Initiative. We understand that each City, County, and transportation organization is a unique ecosystem with its own challenges. Traffic congestion and vehicle prioritization use cases may be huge for one, yet another may be more interested in solving challenges around fog, flooding, or pedestrian safety. Cisco’s position in this market is to augment existing and future operations technology deployments through real-time data processing and security at the edge. Our products enable secure reliable connectivity for signal controls, IoT sensors like weather data, and connected vehicles through DSRC or the approaching 5G technology. Built in compute with our Kinetic broker software acquires, filters, aggregates, and normalize data to enabling logic-based automation. In short, our solution empowers customers to address their operational challenges while providing the enterprise features and security Cisco is known for in the Information Technology realm.

Microsoft & TAGITM - The 20/20 Vision

Hannah Rachael Smith

Account Manager, Tangent

Hannah Smith has been a Microsoft Gold Partner for the last 2 years. She came from the art world where she worked in client relations for large auction houses and museums for 5 years. Over the last two years she has been getting to know the ins and outs of Microsoft as a partner to help government agencies navigate the often-confusing ecosystem. Through this, she has been able to collaborate with teams from C-level executives to part time staff to design and implement programs to ensure the successful adoption of Office 365.

Abstract

Part 1: Microsoft’s 5-year roadmap
We will cover what Microsoft has in store for Government entities over the next 5 years. This section will deal with new products, end of life products, and how to prepare and plan for these transitions.

Part 2: Office 365 Licensing and different buying methods
Obtaining licensing for government can turn tricky and expensive very quickly. We will discuss the different ways in which governments can buy cloud licensing while staying compliant and provide resources to ensure they are choosing the best route.

Part 3: Templates and Case Studies for planning deployments, rollouts, and end user adoption
Through real life case studies, we will discuss the different strategies used by governments to ensure a smooth deployment of cloud services as well as a successful adoption by end users within your organization. We will follow several different paths to highlight the importance of planning and structuring and give attendees some ideas to bring back to their teams.

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