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2019 Annual Conference

Call for Breakout Session Presentations - Closed

The Deadline for Submissions was April 15, 2019.  Notifications will be made the week of May 17.

The Planning Committee is seeking recommendations for the conference breakout sessions and we want to hear from YOU! 

Come share your successes, lessons learned, and challenges at the 2019 TASSCC Annual Conference.  The Conference will be held in Fort Worth, Texas at the Omni Hotel, August 11-14, 2019.

This year, TASSCC has selected a conference theme in keeping with our location: "TASSCC 2019 - Steerin’ IT to New Frontiers"

There will be five breakout session tracks. We hope you’ll considering sharing your experience and expertise to help make this year’s breakout sessions the best yet!

Session Tracks 

  • Information Security and Privacy Strategies
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Cloud Strategies
  • Enterprise IT leadership and Governance
  • Higher Education


Each session will be 50 minutes: 40 minutes of prepared presentation, and 10 minutes for questions. You may present individually, or as a group.  Industry presentations that partner with state agency or higher education institutions will be given added consideration over those that are only comprised of only industry presenters. 

The Session Tracks are shown below.  We’ve included suggested topics, but welcome additional subjects within the session tracks! Submissions will be accepted until April 8,  2019.

Session Tracks and Suggested Topics

Click on each session track heading below to review the suggested topics.

  • Cybersecurity
  • Computer Security (local User)/ Security User Training
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Mobile Device Management
  • Network Design, Layered Security and Standards
  • Asset Management, Configuration Item Management and Tracking
  • Proactive Threat Detection - Lessons learned, Cool Tools
  • Cool Network Tools
  • Best Practices for Desktop Management - Imaging/Mass Deployment, Etc.
  • Pitfalls in moving to the cloud from a security perspective
  • IoT security

Innovative or Inventive uses of Technology at your agencies or universities (lessons learned).

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Digital Transformation and the Digital Architecture Needed
  • Business Process Modeling/ Platforms
  • Changing the Client Experience Through Transformative Technology
  • Document Management/ECM Workflows and Interesting Uses for Forms
  • Internet of Things
  • Actual Adopters of Smart Agency Technologies

Cloud strategy; proper selection of service and deployment models; scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities provided “as a service” using internet technologies or how to leave the cloud or move from cloud to cloud.

  • Best Practices for Cloud Services Contracts
  • Exchange/Office 365 - Interesting Uses
  • Backup and Disaster Recovery
  • Best Practices for Contract Language
  • Cloud Hosting
  • O365 Backend Administration/Lessons Learned/Cool Scripts

Repositioning or reinforcing the role of IT leadership as an integral strategic partner of agency/institutional leadership in supporting agency/institutional missions. Keeping governance simple/applicable.

  • Alternative Worksites – Lessons Learned, Solutions (SB271 & HB270)
  • Leadership
  • Team Building/Staff Engagement
  • Gathering Enterprise Support for IT
  • IT Certifications – Value to Organization
  • IT Strategic Planning
  • Budgets/IT Capital Planning
  • Mutual aid and collaboration between IT departments at different agencies/universities
  • Backing up other agencies during a disaster – lessons learned, stories to share
  • Understanding the Language of the State Data Center
  • Student Success - Serving as a trusted partner with other campus units to drive and achieve student success initiatives
  • Student-Centered Institution - Understanding and advancing technology's role in optimizing the student experience (from applicants to alumni)
  • Data-Enabled Institution, Data Management and Analytics - Taking a service-based approach to data and analytics to reskill, retool, and reshape a culture to be adept at data-enabled decision-making
    Customer Relationship Management for students
  • Governance – exploration of governance frameworks on campus that participate in decisions about IT spend on campus


The Deadline for Submissions was April 15, 2019.  Notifications will be made the week of May 17.

Thank You 2019 Annual Conference Presidential Sponsors