August 2017 Newsletter
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President’s Message DIR Announcement GMIS Data Dive
Digital Library TML Update Membership Minute
President’s Message –MIKE Sturm
First, I would like to thank the Executive Board, the Committee Chairs and CMP for all the hard work, dedication, and stimulating thoughts and conversations that took place in Waco on June 5 - 6 during our strategic retreat. CMP reviewed with the Board the associations financial status, conference survey and the goals set for the 2017 fiscal year. As an association, we met all of our goals except for agency membership. I believe we fell short by five agencies. On a good note, we ended the year financially strong! We could not have accomplished this without each of you participating as an agency member or by not attending the annual conference. On behalf of the Board and myself, your support and dedication to TAGITM is truly appreciated!

One of the main purposes of the strategic retreat is to set goals for the upcoming year and review future years’ goals. The first question presented to us by CMP was related to growth or status quo.  Do we continue growing or stay status quo with our agency membership and financial revenue? It did not take long for the Board to set some attainable, but lofty growth goals for the upcoming years. I am very proud of the Board's vision as we set our first BHAG goal that I am aware of in three years. The goal is to become the leading technology association for the southwest region of the United States. So, what does that mean? In the future, we will no longer be a one state association, we will be a five-state association. As the saying goes, 'Only in Texas'! It took the board awhile to mull through this and determine how future boards could achieve such a lofty goal. We all agreed and are very excited about the prospect. Future boards, you have your work cut out for you!! 

Okay, let's talk about this year’s goals, our 40th year of being in existence as an association. Our goal is to continue to grow our agency membership to 210, revenues to $360k and our conference attendees to 235 agency members. Those are our standard boring goals, but we must have goals. We have set a goal in 2018 to start marketing to a broader audience in the State of Texas. The Board believes there is still several untapped markets in Texas that will easily increase our membership.  Our bylaws include school districts as a target market, but we only have a handful of schools as agency members. We believe we should be able to reel in several of the 1200 school districts into our association and be a meaningful technology resource. The board has agreed to research the cost of a marketing firm, which will assist TAGITM in marketing to these organizations. Thus, this marketing firm will assist TAGITM in reaching it’s BHAG goal in future years.  I am excited about the new marketing approach as this has been a struggle for TAGTIM for quite some time. A summary of TAGITM 2018 and future goals can be found on our website. Before I leave the goal area, I am going to send two challenges to every one of you to reach out to your school district(s) and introduce yourself and TAGITM. Second challenge; invite them to your next regional membership group meeting. What a great way to get them exposed to our great association. We all know, the best way to get someone to consider us as an association is by 'word of mouth'. We use this method every day when we make decisions to select vendors or making repairs on our homes. Let's use it to our advantage and share our experiences with them. If you need talking points, we are updating our flyer and should have it ready shortly. Otherwise, current available talking points, are located on our website

I am excited about the upcoming year and the future of TAGITM. I need your help in continuing to make TAGITM the 'best' technology association in Texas. Reach out to your peers in your area, share your experiences of our association with them and how it has benefited you and how it could benefit them.
DIR Announcement – Hershel Becker, Chief Procurement Officer, State of Texas Department of Information Resources
Special Notice related to Bulk Purchase of Computers, DocuSign products and Related Services

The Department of Information Resources (DIR) is pleased to announce that it has completed negotiations for the bulk purchase/lease of personal computers, laptops, tablets, monitors, peripherals, accessories, DocuSign products and related services.

Customers may immediately begin issuing purchase orders under this bulk purchase and may place orders through December 31, 2017. As a result, agencies will be able to use Fiscal Year 2017 funds for purchases made prior to September 1, 2017, and Fiscal Year 2018 funds for purchases made on or after September 1, 2017. 

Please visit the Hardware Bulk Purchase page for more information, including pricing for desktops, laptops, tablets, monitors, accessories, and related services.

Please visit the DIR Bulk Purchase Initiative Page for more information, including pricing for DocuSign products and related services, along with other bulk purchase items.

For questions regarding the DIR’s Bulk Purchase Initiative, please contact:

Kelly Parker, CTCM, CTPM

Director, Cooperative Contracts | o: 512.475.1647

GMIS DATA Dive – Sid Hudson, TAGITM Vice President

GMIS Data Dive data collection is open for the 2017 year.  This tool, now in its third year, is our solution to your organization’s benchmarking needs.  Please retain this email as it contains your access information and important instructions and reminders for survey completion.   

The GMIS Data Dive platform is accessible via the GMIS International web site.  Note, you must be logged in to the GMIS International website for access. If, at any point, you have forgotten your user information, please contact  

Please save this email as a ready reference and link to return to your survey at any time.

This comprehensive survey is designed to bring our members the information they need to see trends specific to public sector information technology professionals and the communities they serve. Information your organization can use to assist in making crucial business decisions.  Please note you must complete at least 70% of the survey to access results.  However, the more information you input the more beneficial and valuable the data becomes.  It is in your best interest to complete the survey as fully as possible.


  • We strongly recommend that you use the Data Collection Worksheet located on the Help page to compile your information before staring the survey.
  • The survey has been designed to work around your schedule, allowing you to enter information in more than one sitting.  Questions have been divided into categories, allowing you to choose the order in which you complete the survey.  Just make sure to hit "save" at the bottom of each page when entering data.
  • A new feature has been added to the Data Dive Platform to allow entry of manufacturer or supplier information when "Other" is selected from the drop down lists.  This will allow GMIS to continually refine the platform.
  • There are required fields which must be completed to be able to access reports when results are released.  

Entering as much data as possible will give you a better overall view and you must complete at least 70% of the survey and all the required fields to access results.  Results will be released in the late fall.  

Should you have any questions regarding this survey, please reference our Help Page located in the upper right hand corner of the survey screen. 
Data Dive
Digital Library – Committee Chair, Leisha Meine
It takes all of us to make TAGITM a quality association that brings value to the entire membership. The ListServ is a great way to share current, quick information with each other, but please remember, when you share those wonderful RFPs, policies and guidance documents with others on the ListServ, to also remember to upload them to the Digital Library on our website which is found under the Membership tab.
ListServ Info
TML UPDATE – Tony Tull, TAGITM Liaison to TML

TML Annual Conference banner graphic

TAGITM will be presenting for 3 sessions at this year’s Texas Municipal League annual conference to be held in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center on October 3-6. The session that we have presented at previous TML Conferences have been well attended. We encourage any TAGITM members that are attending the TML Conference to attend one of our sessions if your schedule permits.

TAGITM will also be hosting a booth on the exhibit floor to help bring awareness of our organization to those who may have never heard of us. A wonderful opportunity to identify potential new members.

The scheduled sessions are listed below.

Session 1

Session Title:  You Are Not Alone: Security Resources for Cities (presented courtesy of TAGITM — Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers)

Session Description: The mission of the MS-ISAC is to improve the overall cybersecurity posture of state, local, tribal and territorial governments. Collaboration and information sharing among members, private sector partners and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are the keys to success.  The MS-ISAC is the focal point for cyber threat prevention, protection, response and recovery for the nation's state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments.

In this session, a representative from the MS-ISAC will speak about the threats we are all facing and the resources that are available to every State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial government in the country for FREE through membership in the MS-ISAC.

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 4; 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Presenter: Kateri Gill

Session 2

Session Title:  It Can Happen to You! (presented courtesy of TAGITM — Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers)

Session Description: This session will examine the City of San Marcos’ experience and the aftermath of a successful email phishing campaign that targeted employee W2 information.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 5; 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Presenter(s): Linda Spacek, Director of Human Resources – Heather Hurlbert, Director of Finance – Mike Sturm, Director of Information Technology –

Session 3

Session Title:  #TANGODOWN: In the Crosshairs of Hacktivist (presented courtesy of TAGITM — Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers)

Date/Time: Friday, October 6; 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Presenter(s): Justin Cure, Information Services Manager; and Joshua Gamble, Enterprise Solutions Designer – Infrastructure, City of Longview
2017 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition
Membership Minute – Membership CommitTee Chair, Tim Nolan
Although we are in Summer dog-days of TAGTIM membership, our membership goals for the coming year are lofty.  We hope to reach and retain 210 Agency members by the next annual TAGITM Conference.  This goal may seem high at first glance.  However, we do have 19 regional membership groups (RMGs) in the State.  If we simply add one new member from each RMG, we will have two (2) more than our annual goal.  Piece of cake.

Here’s how you can help.  Call your neighbor agencies that are currently not a member and tell them how useful TAGITM is to you.  Share the benefits like the agency-only ListServ, GMIS Data Dive and CGCIO Certification.  Reach out to your RMG chair for target agencies in your area and let them know that you are willing to contribute.  Every little bit helps. Lastly, Myles Clauser, City of Schertz, has agreed to be the Membership Committee Co-Chair.  He is ready and willing to contribute as much as he can and is very excited about this new opportunity.

New Members:
  • Orange County
  • City of Lubbock


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