Government CIOs and Senior Executives

Government — Transitioning to Digital Government

Technological capabilities and social forces have converged to encourage government organizations to advance beyond simple online efficiencies and take full advantage of digital data to optimize, transform or create entirely new services, while renovating back-end systems. However several government CIOs and other executives struggle to articulate a compelling business vision on which to base a digital strategy. This track will help them articulate a realistic digital ambition, and to connect their IT strategy, roadmap and KPIs to the organization’s mission and program outcomes and roadmap. In doing so, it will explore the impact of emerging trends such as blockchain, conversational platforms, or applied AI and machine learning.


Case Study: Platform+Agile - Accelerating Digital Transformation in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services 
Monday 29 October | 15:15pm - 15:45pm
Presented by Steve Hodgkinson, CIO, Dept of Health & Human Services 

The largest government department in Victoria has embraced public cloud services platforms, agile methods and dev/ops in an approach that the CIO calls "Platform+Agile". This approach has enabled the department to reinvigorate it's digital transformation program and rebuild executive confidence in ICT investment. Steve will describe the approach and the results that have been delivered over the past two financial years - providing practical guidance for how public sector executives can successfully lead ICT-enabled policy and service delivery reform projects.


Case Study: Conquer Digital Business Transformation, Plan for Its Success 

Monday 29 October  | 15:15pm - 15:45pm
Presented by Gary Baird, CTO, Inland Revenue 

Inland Revenue is in the midst of transforming its business in one of the largest and most ambitious programmes in the Southern Hemisphere; it’s a once in a generation opportunity to modernise tax administration in New Zealand. Inland Revenue is one of New Zealand’s largest government departments, with over 5,500 employees in 26 locations in 17 cities. Last year, Inland Revenue collected $70.1 billion – over 80 per cent of the Crown Revenue. Inland Revenue’s multi-year, multi-stage Business Transformation programme is re-shaping the way it serves New Zealanders.



Panel: Digital Leaders in Government 

Monday 29 October | 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Presented by: Kerryn Kovacevic - CIO, Department of Jobs and Small Business, Jeremy Campbell-Hand - CTO, Defence Science Technology Group, Ian Jensen - Chief Digital & Product Officer, Service NSW, Antony Stinziani - CIO, Department of Parlimentary Services 

This panel discussion will explore the key challenges and opportunities facing CIOs and Senior IT executives in the Public Sector. This discussion will offer reflections on leadership in digital era, transformation, talent management and incubating innovation and citizen engagement.



Gartner Government Predicts:
  • By 2020, over 75% of government agencies will be pursuing mission-critical AI initiatives, but more than half will stall at proof-of-concept stage.
  • By 2021, over 40% of government IT organizations that cannot clearly demonstrate their contribution to business or mission value will shrink by at least half.
  • By 2022, over 20% of government agencies will partially fund open government programs by charging for access to premium APIs and datasets.


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Hot Topics covered at Symposium will include:
  • Digital Transformation
  • Security & Risk
  • Leadership
  • Business Intelligence & Data Analytics
  • People, Work & Culture
  • Artificial Intelligence 


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