October 2

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An ongoing pandemic. A brutal economic downturn. Skyrocketing needs for critical citizen services. State and local governments face an uncertain future with overwhelming challenges on multiple fronts. Technology will play an important role in meeting those challenges. But in the current budget crunch – with some IT agencies anticipating cuts of up to 25 percent for 2021 – governments must focus on making strategic investments in the tools and solutions that will help them survive.

What are the most pressing needs that will shape IT organizations in the months ahead? Join us on Oct. 2 at 11am PT/2pm ET for an overview of the biggest trends and toughest challenges that lie ahead.

This comprehensive one-hour webinar will focus on a number of key areas, including:

  • Fiscal pressure: How can you make the most of a constrained IT budget?
  • Business continuity: How can agencies maintain seamless operations in times of crisis?
  • Automation: How can AI enable self-help for constituents, manage call volume, and reduce staff workload for delivering citizen services?
  • Security and privacy: How can states and localities ensure safe and secure teleworking for their employees?
  • Contact tracing: How can public health agencies stay on top of coronavirus and respond to new waves of the outbreak?


James Weaver

James Weaver

Chief Information Officer, Washington Technology Solutions

James (Jim) Weaver was appointed Director and State CIO for Washington Technology Solutions in December 2018. As the Director and State CIO, Jim leads the implementation of a strategic direction and enterprise architecture for information technology for state government, while providing and supporting IT services and infrastructure for state agencies, municipalities and tribal governments. Jim has more than 32 years of experience in the IT industry, having served in varying management and technical positions, most notably as the Commonwealth of PA’s Chief Technology Officer, as well as Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer for the commonwealth’s Departments of Human Services, Aging and Insurance.

Ed Winfield

Ed Winfield

Chief Information Officer, Maricopa County, Office of Enterprise Technology

Ed is the Chief Information Officer of Maricopa County, AZ, and has responsibility for all aspects of County technology strategy, operations, service and security. Prior to joining Maricopa County, Ed served as the CIO for Wayne County, Michigan.  He has also held executive IT leadership roles in manufacturing, consumer goods, logistics, transportation and consulting. Ed has been recognized for his leadership and achievement via numerous State and National CIO awards.

Vincent Martinez

Vincent Martinez

Executive Government Advisor, Avaya

Vincent Martinez brings 25 years of experience working in information technology to the role of Executive Government Advisor at Avaya. He has a unique combination of working as a state government executive, a small-business owner, a sales leader in the technology sector, and serving as a state legislator.

Most recently, Vincent Martinez held the position of Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and State CIO. As Secretary, Mr. Martinez was the visionary leading the transformation of the department into a customer-focused organization using industry best practices and data-driven decision making. Before being appointed Cabinet Secretary, Vince served as the Managing Director of cloud and communications for DoIT and was responsible for the delivery and operations of shared services to all state agencies and the primary architect of the state’s cloud strategy.

Teri Takai

Teri Takai — Moderator

Executive Director, Center for Digital Government

Teri Takai is the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. She worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years in global application development and information technology strategic planning. From Ford, she moved to EDS in support of General Motors.

A long-time interest in public service led her to the government sector, first as CIO of the State of Michigan, then as CIO of the State of California, and subsequently the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense, the first woman appointed to this role. She then served as the CIO for Meridian Health Plan. She is a member of several industry advisory boards.

Teri has won numerous awards including Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year, CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame, Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers, the Women in Defense Excellence in Leadership Award, and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.