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"IT Leadership and Government Data" - Accepting the Challenge

Courtesy of David Eaves  Reactions to talk by David Eaves about the role of the Government IT Director, in general and specifically for Open data. ************************************************************************************* Disclaimer: All of the ideas expressed in this article are my personal statements and opinions, and do not reflect the opinions/statements of the City of Urbana. ************************************************************************************* Recently I was at a conference, ordering a beer, when I fell into a conversation with the person next to me.  From our name tags, I learned that his name was David – and that both of us were speakers.  My name tag identified me as an IT Director, while David was listed as “CEO/Business Development” for his company.  I asked him about his talk. “My theme,” he said, “is that the IT Director has the hardest job around.”  What could I do but agree?  (It’s nice to be vindicated every now and

To the Vendors, to Make Much of Time

http://www.fabiovisentin.com/photos/world/12_751/pink-rose-bud.ashx Vendors: if you are investing in the sponsorship of a conference, then you must want to market to these customers, right? So when you get a “sponsor slot” to speak to the attendees, don’t waste it!     ************************************************************************************* Disclaimer: All of the ideas expressed in this article are my personal statements and opinions, and do not reflect the opinions/statements of the City of Urbana. ************************************************************************************* I attended a conference recently of IT Directors from cities, counties, and villages around Illinois.  What did we hear about (from a vendor who I won’t name here?): mining social media posts, augmented reality, and NASCAR performance measurement.   None of which mean anything to our problems.   For  that you paid several thousand dollars?  (Plus travel costs for your