Mobiles, big data, cloud: the big themes at Government technology event

It should come as no surprise that two of the biggest sponsors for the forthcoming Technology in Government conference and exhibition are specialist providers of mobile device management

Mobility will feature prominently in the conference program, as will the other major industry developments that are occupying chief information officers in government and industry alike: big data, cloud computing, security and the seemingly unstoppable rise of social media.

The enthusiastic uptake of smartphones and tablets by the Australian public has put huge pressure on corporate IT departments to allow these devices to be used in the corporate environment and BYOD - bring your own device - has gone from being barely tolerated to generally accepted, in part because the technologies for securing and managing them have improved.

The seventh Annual Technology in Government Summit will be held on 24 and 25 July at the National Convention Centre Canberra. It comprises three discrete streams: Technology in Government, Connected Government and Digital Security - with a couple of shared plenary sessions on day one and claims to be “the country’s premier meeting place for the heads of public sector ICT who are armed with the task of leading the government and the country through [a] new era of technology reform.”

The Connected Government Summit is billed as a practical conference designed to help all levels of government (federal, state and local) understand how the latest technologies can be used collaboratively to improve teamwork within and between agencies; as well as improve service delivery and engage more effectively with citizens and the community.

The Digital Security Summit brings together the private and public sectors to discuss the changing paradigm of cyber security in an increasingly connected world. Government and industry experts will discuss long-term approach to information and cyber security, rather than dealing with vulnerabilities on an ad hoc basis.

There is also a one-day seminar for IT suppliers and partners looking to win business from public sector clients. Seminar leader Don Easter and guest presenters will provide practical tips on selling to Government and improving tender strike-rates.

The conference will be the first since the release in October 2012 of a new government IT strategy - Australian Public Service Information and Communications Technology Strategy 2012 - 2015 that “outlines how Australian Government agencies will continue to use ICT to drive better service delivery, improve government operations, drive productivity and to engage with people, the community and business.”

The strategy will be the focus of a keynote address to the conference from the Federal Government’s chief information officer, Glenn Archer, appointed to the post in December 2012.

An exhibition is being held in parallel with the conference. According to the organiser’s web site there are stands for about 50 exhibitors At 12 May just over half of these had been sold or reserved. However none of the exhibitors had been named at that time.


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