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2007 LasVegasConferenceAgendaForGovtITFinMgt

 

THE WORLD OF

IT FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Conferences, Workshops and Seminars
June 25-29, 2007
Mirage Hotel & Casino • Las Vegas, NV

 

Conference Agenda

Government IT

Financial Management Conference

 

 

Wednesday, June 27

Thursday, June 28

Friday, June 29

7:00 am Continental Breakfast Continental Breakfast Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:45 Predictive Budgeting using Performance Metrics in the Public Sector  Using Activity-based Budgeting to Calculate the True Cost of IT Products and Services  Plain Rates for the Plains
9:00-9:45 How To Measure Anything: Finding the Value of "Intangibles" in Business  Moving to the New Financial System  Information Technology Partnerships: Solutions for IT Environments 
10:00-10:45 Should (or Does!) the Federal Government Mandate How I Financially Manage My State Data Center?  How Much Security is Enough?  The Proposed Government-wide Accounting Classification (GWAC) System 
11:00-11:45 The Role of Change Management in the Public Sector  Using Supply Chain Management to Reduce Cost   
11:50-12:50 Book Signing by Conference Speakers    
     
12:00-12:45

Buffet Lunch
(Not available to family/guests)

Buffet Lunch
(Not available to family/guests)
1:00-1:45 How to Design & Implement an IT Business Case Process that Works: Keep It Simple & Other Lessons Learned  Contract Management is Financial Management – And Too Many CFO's Don't Get It!   
2:00-2:45 IBM Sub-Capacity Pricing and z9 Computers - A Winner  Commercial Management with VITA – State Government IT Transformation   

3:00-3:45

Improving Government ERP Implementation Success Rates  Federal Review of Consolidated Shared Services Initiatives in State Government  
4:00-4:45 IBM Product Demonstration Lontra's Service Catalog Solution: The Foundation for Lasting Business Optimization Demonstration  
  Innovation In IT Financial Management : Leveraging A System of Record To Gain Improved  Visibility, Better Decisions And More Business Value Project Accounting and Resource Management Software Tools Demonstration  
5:00-7:00 IBM Reception Lontra, Inc. Reception
WSG Reception

Other Las Vegas program agendas:

Seminars and Workshops
IT Financial Management for CEOs, CIOs and Controllers Conference
IT Asset Management Conference
IT Performance Management and Benchmarking Conference

 

Wednesday, June 27

7:00-8:00 a.m. 

Conference Registration and

Continental Breakfast

 

8:00-8:45 a.m.

Predictive Budgeting using Performance Metrics in the Public Sector   

Christopher Dedera, Senior Manager

Grant Thornton LLP

IT Organizations have developed many output metrics to track performance. Few use these metrics to forecast future budget needs based on end user demands. This session will explore the challenges and opportunities for predictive budgeting in Public Sector IT. The key learning points are the requirements for predictive budgeting and the process required to implement predictive budgeting.

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9:00-9:45 a.m.

How To Measure Anything: Finding the Value of "Intangibles" in Business  

Douglas Hubbard, President

Hubbard Decision Research
The speaker will give the audience a preview of the techniques in his upcoming book How to Measure Anything (to be published by John Wiley & Sons in July).  He shows that the common reasons for thinking of anything as "immeasurable” are really just misconceptions about measurement methods and ambiguities in what they are trying to measure. He will show quick and easy ways to measure with small samples and even how to estimate the value of a measurement. The presentation will show how his "How to Measure Anything” methods have been applied in some of the most difficult measurement problems in business, government and the military.

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10:00-10:45 a.m.

Should (or Does!) the Federal Government Mandate How I Financially Manage My State Data Center?
Kenneth Hoffman, Principal

Kenneth F. Hoffman, Inc.
Do you sometimes get the feeling that the Division of Cost Allocation essentially tells you how to determine your costs of providing services, how you must calibrate and promulgate your rates, how much cash you can have, and how you must obtain financing for equipment? Do you feel obligated to get their advance approval of your rate schedule? Are your federally-assisted customer agencies running to the Division of Cost Allocation when you propose actions they do not like? You may not be alone. This need not be a Boston Tea Party, but let's hear all sides of the issues and discuss both the theoretical and practical limitations to state sovereignty and Federal financial participation.

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11:00-11:45 a.m.

The Role of Change Management in the Public Sector    

Doug Webster, Senior Manager

Grant Thornton LLP 

The failure of projects in general in meeting expectations has been cited to be as high as 70%. Failures in ERP implementation have been estimated at 50%. Many of these failures stem not from inadequate consideration of technical matters, but from a failure to understand and address the organizational and individual behavioral aspects of change. This presentation provides a new framework for understanding the role of change management in any large project, and provides insights into how to target change management initiatives to the specific organizational need.

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11:50-12:50 p.m.

Book Signing by Conference Speakers

All are invited to meet those conference speakers who are leading experts in their respective fields and have recently published a book vital to the financial management of IT organizations. If you did not order their books prior to the conference, here is a chance to purchase copies of their books and have them signed by the authors. What great additions to your library and your company's library. They make great gifts for colleagues and friends too.       View Books and Authors

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12:00-12:50 p.m.

Buffet Lunch (Not available to family/guests)

 

 

1:00-1:45 p.m.

How to Design & Implement an IT Business Case Process that Works: Keep It Simple & Other Lessons Learned                       

Cliff Earl, President, Resource Management Systems Inc. and David Miller, Chief, Planning and Project Delivery, State of Nevada DoIT

Decision makers want to be assured that proposed technology investments are sound. Project proponents want their "message" heard by decision makers. The communication vehicle of choice in many organizations is the IT Business Case. Many discover that implementing a practical IT Business Case process can be an elusive target. This "lessons learned" presentation is for anyone designing, or redesigning, a business case process. This session provides a summary of best practices drawn from industry and government as well as the lessons learned from the State of Nevada, Department of Information Technology – Technology Information Request (TIR) process.

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2:00-2:45 p.m.

IBM Sub-Capacity Pricing and z9 Computers - A Winner

Jim Marshall, Systems Software Engineer

Captain, USAF-Ret

Workload Charging (WLC) is a great opportunity for government and private industry to save 10-30% or more on your IBM software budget. Coupling it with IBM's new z9BC (Business Class) or z9EC (Enterprise Class) processors can reduce budgets even more. Other software vendors are adopting this charging model. Two years of WLC for z900 computers will be coupled with a business case for upgrading to z9BC computers to show the financial savings. Other techniques will be presented for saving even more scarce budget dollars.

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3:00-3:45 p.m.

Improving Government ERP Implementation Success Rates      

Chuck Joesten, Senior Manager, PMP

Grant Thornton LLP

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations have a traditional reputation of tying up resources for several years, encompassing more functionality than requirements suggest, not addressing specific functional capabilities, and requiring vast fiscal commitments before any returns on investment. With shrinking workforces and budgets, government hopefuls of ERP solutions are more and more critical of identifying and achieving key success factors in order to maximize returns. Despite the merit of achieving enterprise integration across disparate systems and remote user communities, many steps to achieve success are generally overlooked. Essential tasks that foster a successful ERP implementation include planning, communication, customer buy-in and accountability. This session will focus on how to apply the iterative architecture approach on the ERP components and the program management of the ERP implementation. The key learning point for participants is an alternative approach to the traditional ERP implementation methodology.

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4:00-4:45 p.m.

IBM Product Demonstration

Speaker and topic to be determined.

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4:00-4:45 p.m.

Innovation In IT Financial Management : Leveraging A System of Record To Gain Improved  Visibility, Better Decisions And More Business Value

John Chambers, Principal
ITM Software

ITM Software has developed the first comprehensive IT financial management solution built specifically for the CIO and IT Finance team.  In this session, John Chambers will review the ITM Business Suite and discuss how companies are leveraging this system of record for IT to improve the speed and fidelity of IT financial planning and analysis and better translate IT costs into business benefits.

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5:00-7:00 p.m.

IBM Reception

Unwind after a day of classes with good conversation, good food and good spirits at the IBM hospitality suite. Relax, enjoy yourself and (if you feel so inclined) learn about the IBM Tivoli system for Chargeback & Resource Accounting. Whether you just want to relax, talk shop or network with other IBM Tivoli Customers and prospects, be sure to stop by.

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Thursday, June 28

7:00-8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

 

8:00-8:45 a.m.

Using Activity-based Budgeting to Calculate the True Cost of IT Products and Services

Matt Frymire, Chief Information Officer

Riverside County California

This session presents a first-person case study of why Riverside County IT decided to implement activity-based budgeting, the hurdles we had to overcome, and how it has changed the way we do business with the rest of the county government. Does demand for IT services exceed available resources? Do internal clients consider you "expensive"? Being able to know and document the true cost (including the substantial indirect costs) of all county IT projects and services addressed a host of problems that had seemed intractable. And it has given us some unexpected cultural and teamwork benefits as well.

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9:00-9:45 a.m.

Moving to the New Financial System
Chris Gayle, President

GMS, Inc.

This session relates to IT as we discuss the impact on a federal agency when it moves from its legacy accounting system to a new financial system. The financial system is critical to helping an agency achieve its reporting requirements. This session will look at why agencies are moving to a new financial system as well as specific implementation experiences, observations and recommendations.

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10:00-10:45 a.m.

How Much Security is Enough?

Bob Simko, Executive Director

International Technology Group

How should organizations determine the "right” level of expenditure on IT security? The experiences of government and business organizations in quantifying potential threats and determining appropriate levels of security investment, staffing and ongoing expenditure are examined (including coverage of recent data loss and theft incidents).

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11:00-11:45 a.m.

Using Supply Chain Management to Reduce Cost

Romiew Ogbolu, PhD, PMP, Sr. Software Quality Assurance Manager

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

The ability of any organization to select the best supplier for any given task is dependent upon the adequacy of the documents used to identify the task, the ability of any supplier to perform a task in accordance with expectations, and our ability to clearly specify and communicate that task. A very high percentage of claims and counterclaims between buyers and sellers can be traced to an inadequate communication of expectations on the part of the Buyer that leads to erroneous assumptions on the part of the Seller. The harder a task is to put into words, the more likely it is subject to misunderstanding and misinterpretation. Such circumstances invariably result in poor performance, unfulfilled needs, and cost and schedule claims. This presentation provides guidelines, a worksheet and recommendations that, if used, will simplify the task of preparing a Statement of Work and will minimize the chance of omission, cost and schedule overruns and claims.

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12:00-12:50 p.m.

Buffet Lunch (Not available to family/guests)

 

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Contract Management is Financial Management – And Too Many CFO's Don't Get It!

Paula Ausano, Managing Partner, Paularry Partners and

Larry Graham, Managing Partner, Paularry Partners

This session discusses the missed cost management opportunities resulting from CFO’s who often have the tendency to push the contract management spend for hundreds of millions of dollars down into the organization and away. Unlike the government and military services where the importance of contract management dollars and values received are clearly recognized, CFO’s too often under value contract management activities resulting in little time and interest to provide solid, professional financial management. This session will discuss the critical value of contract management to the overall financial well being of your organization.

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2:00-2:45 p.m.

Commercial Management with VITA – State Government IT Transformation

David Swynford, Finance Manager

Virginia Information Technologies Agency

The Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA) previously explored the possibility of combining with a partner to outsource their infrastructure. This session is an update as to where VITA stands with their outsourcing Private/Public Partnership arrangement. Get an up to date report on the lessons learned if you are feeling brave enough.

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3:00-3:45 p.m.

Federal Review of Consolidated Shared Services Initiatives in State Government
Kenneth Hoffman, Principal

Kenneth F. Hoffman, Inc.
This session discusses recent financial management and cost determination issues that arise when state governments attempt to centralize and consolidate major information technology services functions. The discussion includes the impact such efforts have on state officials' ongoing management of their statewide central service cost allocation plans, public assistance agency cost allocation plans, and agency indirect cost proposals.

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4:00-4:45 p.m.

Lontra's Service Catalog Solution: The Foundation for Lasting Business Optimization Demonstration

Boris Pevzner, President and CEO

Lontra, Inc.

Lontra's Service Catalog experts will guide you through the lifecycle of a Service Catalog, from modeling and publishing, to employee self service and request management, and all the way through forecasting, reporting, and IT financial management. Learn how to implement a Service Catalog at your organization by incorporating industry best practices for Service Catalog design, service lifecycle management, and key performance indicators (KPIs) of service delivery. Examples and case studies from several Global 1000 IT organizations will be provided.

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Project Accounting and Resource Management Software Tools Demonstration

William Cornfield, President

WSG Systems Corporation

WSG, Inc. will be demonstrating its family of project accounting and resource management software products – Empire TIME and Empire RESOURCE. Empire TIME provides for complex financial requirements, such as multi-currency accounting, chargeback processing, accounts receivable, and earned value analysis based upon true rate schedules. Empire RESOURCE software offers a solution for managing staff commitments, schedules, and planning. In addition, Empire RESOURCE helps to identify available resources based upon skill set requirements and a host of additional user defined parameters.

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5:00-7:00 p.m.

Lontra, Inc. Reception

Join us for food, drink and jibber-jabber at Lontra's Annual Otter Soiree. Relax, have some laughs, and join Lontra's team of Service Catalog Experts as we give away some otterrific prizes.

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WSG Systems Reception

Please join WSG, Inc. in our hospitality suite. This will be an opportunity for you to meet informally with your fellow conference attendees. The WSG hospitality suite at previous ITFMA conferences has proven to be an enjoyable opportunity to make useful business contacts, obtain answers to some of those lingering project accounting questions, and enjoy great food and drink. Members of our staff will be available to answer any questions you might have regarding our products and services in a casual atmosphere.

 

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Friday, June 29

7:00-8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

 

8:00-8:45 a.m.

Plain Rates for the Plains                

Morey Sullivan, Public Services Executive, State of Kansas and

Patrick Orr, Public Services Executive, State of Kansas

This session reviews our chargeback system and rate structure in terms of the following: services provided; mainframe, data storage wireless switching, networks; whom we serve; internal review to reduce cost; rate development process; rate setting steps; rate setting examples; and state IT governance.

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9:00-9:45 a.m.

Information Technology Partnerships: Solutions for IT Environments

Robert Howard, Senior Director

Miami University

The Internal Service Center (ISC) or "insourcing" model answers problems of defending the value proposition of IT organizations by reducing total cost to government, business and academic organizations, aligning budget and mission, enforcing accountability, and encouraging the innovation cycle. Departments retain control of budget and directives while cancelable contracts necessitate higher client satisfaction than found in completely centralized environments. The ISC model provides an increased understanding of cost of deployment and maintenance of IT services/support, which leads to better planning. Departments can avail themselves to the benefits of strategic placement of IT and understanding the hidden costs all the while maintaining control of budget and priorities; staff have more opportunities for professional development as their skills need to stay current; and, the organization's total cost of ownership is reduced while efficiency and value increases. The explication of the budgets and costs also help spur internal collaboration and give key insights to what is strategic to own and what is strategic to outsource. Any organization that struggles with the high cost of meeting IT infrastructure needs whether through startup, growth phase, or

acquisitions/mergers would benefit from this session. This session will focus on the model, the deployments in different environments, and the critical factors for success.

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10:00-10:45 a.m.

The Proposed Government-wide Accounting Classification (GWAC) System
Chris Gayle, President

GMS, Inc. 

This session relates to IT as we discuss the proposed move to a standardized Account Classification Structure. For those agencies that have already moved to a new system, there may be significant changes required in order for it to conform to the proposed structure. This session will look at the following:

• Why the GWAC structure?

• Existing standards and agency applications

• Overview of the CGAC structure

• Specific CGAC elements

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