March 2

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State and local government organizations know they must modernize their tools and processes if they want modern, data-driven applications that advance their operations, improve citizen services and leverage their existing assets. But until recently, data silos have hindered innovation.

Join Government Technology and experts from Confluent on March 2 at 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET for a special 30-minute Lunch and Learn webinar that will explore how the move to ultra-responsive, consumer-driven technologies such as devops, event streaming and microservices are shaping how state and local government agencies engage with citizens.

Specifically, you will learn:

  • How successful agencies are uniquely addressing data management challenges
  • How agencies are adopting enterprise streaming technology to unlock and repurpose their existing data for countless modern applications
  • Use case scenarios for the digital modernization of citizen engagement


Will LaForest

Will LaForest

Chief Technology Officer, Public Sector, Confluent

Will LaForest is the Public Sector CTO for Confluent. In his current position, Mr. LaForest evangelizes the benefits of Kafka and event stream processing, data centric enterprise, and open source software is addressing mission challenges in the Government. He has spent 25 years wrangling data at massive scale. His technical career spans diverse areas from software engineering, NoSQL, data science, cloud computing, machine learning, and building statistical visualization software but began with code slinging at DARPA as a teenager. Mr. LaForest holds degrees in mathematics and physics from the University of Virginia.

Otto Doll

Otto Doll — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

As the Minneapolis CIO for seven-plus years, Mr. Doll was responsible for all City IT services. Formerly South Dakota's CIO for 15 years with responsibility for all state government computing, telecommunications, state radio, and public broadcasting. While with IT research firms, Mr. Doll has advised Fortune 1000, Federal, State, and Local Government CIOs on information technology assessment and alignment to business needs. He has served as a Director with the United States General Services Administration, developing information technology strategic plans and oversight policy. Mr. Doll received his Computer Science degree from Virginia Tech and is a Senior Executive Fellow of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a past President of NASCIO — a national organization of state CIOs. He also is a past President of the Metropolitan Information Exchange (MIX) — a national organization of city and county CIOs. Mr. Doll was named to Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.