December 2016 Newsletter
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From the President GMIS Data Dive 2017 Annual Conference
Coming Soon! TAGITM Regional Summit Awards Awards Awards Organization in the Spotlight
From the President, Beth Ann Unger
It is hard to believe that 2016 will soon be coming to an end, and we will be in Galveston in just over four months for our annual conference. Board members and committee volunteers are hard at work putting together an amazing agenda and a conference to be remembered.

This year, one of TAGITM’s major initiatives was to add access to a benchmarking tool – GMIS Data Dive. As of November 30th, 48 TAGITM agencies had participated and 27 of those agencies had completed entry of 70% or more of their data. If you haven’t participated or want to learn more about how to get the most out of this tool, we have an upcoming webinar just for you. Another of the Board’s goals for 2016 was to expand partnerships with other agencies such as Texas Municipal League (TML) and Texas Association of Counties (TAC). As a result of that expanded partnership, TAGITM board members have been engaged with TML on a Cyber Security Committee. TAGITM’s assistance was requested in creating a Cyber Security Framework that would potentially be adopted and published by TML. A TAGITM Cyber Security Framework Committee has been formed, and is working on the creation of framework that identifies the key security components and/or practices that agencies should consider to help secure their systems and data. Once completed, this framework will be available to our membership on our website. While we are further along in our efforts with TML, our county members have not been forgotten. Ben Roper has convened a group of county representatives to explore ways that we can also expand our partnership with TAC. County members interested in participating in the effort are encouraged to contact Ben Roper.

On behalf of the Board, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.
GMIS data dive
One of our major initiatives this year was to add access to a benchmarking tool. GMIS Data Dive is a comprehensive public sector IT Benchmarking and Metrics tool that will help you justify new staff or budget, review new initiatives your peers are planning in the next 3 years or learn what the majority of cities are using for a key technology such as Mobile Device Management. GMIS Data Dive takes the input from TAGITM and GMIS member organizations and provides a flexible, standardized reporting tool to extract the answers to any number of questions around IT Infrastructure, hardware and software. The tool allows comparisons across comparable organizations in size and budget to provide an "apples to apples" comparison of key organizational metrics.

If you have completed 70% of the information entry, 2016 data and reports are available within the Data Dive platform. If you have not yet completed 70% of the information entry, we hope you will take a few minutes and complete the entry.

Join TAGITM for the GMIS Data Dive Webinar!

Friday, December 9, 2016
11:30am - 12:30pm

TAGITM invites you to join us as we take a closer look at GMIS Data Dive – A Benchmarking Platform.  Data Dive was added as an additional TAGITM benefit this year and is available at no additional cost to all TAGITM agency members.  
Join us to learn:
  • What Data Dive is all about
  • How you can participate
  • How you can make the tool benefit you and your agency
RSVP Today
save the date! 2017 Annual Conference
Mark your calendars for the 2017 TAGITM annual conference April 18th through the 21st at Moody Gardens in Galveston. The education committee is seeking feedback on the topics of greatest interest to our members. Please take a moment and complete this survey about conference education topics. A call for presentations will follow later this month. This is a great opportunity for TAGITM members to share information about their initiatives and lessons learned.
Coming Soon! TAGITM Regional Summit
Sixty-eight members were in attendance for “Let’s Talk Storage”, the first of two Regional Summits September 27th in Arlington. A second event is scheduled in the Austin area in February. Look for an email with more details on this event later this month.
awards awards awards
TAGITIM recognizes Agency Members and Individuals with various awards. TAGITM will be calling for Award Nominations the first part of February.

Please read below each award qualification. If your agency has implemented a technology that is innovative, creative, leading edge or a technology that has enhanced services to the citizens your city serves, we are interested in it! Or if you know of an individual that qualifies for the individual awards, we are interested in learning about that individual. Put your thinking caps on and get ready to submit those nominations.

TAGITM Excellence Awards

Each year TAGITM conducts an awards luncheon during the annual education conference to recognize excellence in outstanding innovation and application of leading edge computing and / or communication technologies. Candidates for the TAGITM Excellence Awards are nominated by TAGITM members. Up to three winners are chosen by a committee of their peers who judge nominated projects based on their impact on improving internal operations, providing exceptional customer service or enhancing communications. To be considered the project must be fully implemented and deliver the services described. 

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award recognizes TAGITM members that demonstrate potential for stepping into leadership positions within the organization and the Government Information Technology arena. Nominees are evaluated in the following areas:
  • Leadership Skills and Behavior
  • Innovative and Effective Technology
  • Organizational Strategy Alignment
  • Managing Change
  • Nomination Directives

TAGITM Member Emeritus

TAGITM bylaws provide for Emeritus Membership for those individuals, typically retired Government Information Technology Leaders, who have demonstrated distinguished service to TAGITM. Nominations for Emeritus Members will be reviewed by the Awards Committee and submitted to the TAGITM Executive Board for approval. Nominations for Emeritus Membership may be submitted from any voting member in good standing. The criteria for Emeritus Membership is “demonstrated exemplary service to TAGITM."

Rick Moore Award

The TAGITM Board established the Rick Moore Award in honor of long time TAGITM member Rick Moore, who passed away in 2013. Any TAGITM member may nominate a member meeting the criteria for the Award. Criteria for award of the Rick Moore Award is:
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the goals and vision of TAGITM
  • Dedication to the organization and Government IT
  • Minimum of 5 years in service to TAGITM (Executive Board and/or Committee Chair)
  • Membership in TAGITM for at least 10 years
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor others in service to the organization  
Learn More
Organization in the Spotlight

Organization Name: El Paso County - Information Technology Department Texas County with 827,718 residents (as of 2013)

Number of IT Workers in the Organization: 60 Full time IT workers

Significant Technology Achievements: County Courthouse/JP Wi-Fi Replacement Commissioners’ Court: A/V Upgrade

Plans for Future Technology Initiatives: County Website: Upgrade Master Technology Plan

Most Challenging Project: Internal IT Performance Measures

Most Rewarding Project: I wouldn’t say rewarding, because they all are somewhat, but aiding our Sheriff Department in moving towards the Cloud for their Body Cam solution.

What is Most Valuable About Being a TAGITM Member: I find the Listserv to be the most rewarding aspect, the threads are dynamic and the content is very relevant.


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