Last Wednesday, the industry’s leading records and data management experts gathered for a one-day, interactive and engaging conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Presented by Digital Government Institute (DGI), the 930gov Conference is surely an annual conference not to be missed.
The event was action-packed and the venue was filled with interactive booths and displays. Thousands of attendees gained exposure to new ideas and best practices, as well as fantastic networking opportunities with others in the data community. Creative and unique methods of reducing waste in both time and money were undoubtedly the themes of the day.
The conference included seminars and breakouts in areas such as cyber/IT security, records management, customer experience, knowledge management and development. Our team was impressed with 930gov’s variety of speakers, lively discussion and breadth of experience and content level presented.
Among the day’s varied and compelling events was a records management lecture given by Anthony Di Bello, strategic relationship manager at Guidance Software, who spoke on the massive activities generated by computer servers and how security in this regard should be looked at through endpoint analytics. He educated attendees on the dangers that can be propagated through silent malware in an ever-changing data set. Di Bello further explained that scattered servers can be harnessed as a source for big data security analytics and ultimately expose hidden threats lurking underneath. Di Bello also shared his expertise on automating security incident responses. He explained that both Fortune 500 companies and government agencies are under attack daily with an average of 500,000 attacks yearly. He further divulged the advantages of automation in the incident response process to reduce time and costs, while zeroing in on affected endpoints to immediately validate, triage and asses impact of any event.
We enjoyed more expert insight from another pair of speakers, President of Digital Government Institute Mike Smoyer and Lead Federal Systems Engineer Ed Bender. Later, Tom Temin from WFED and Steve Charles from ImmixGroup focused on how government can better meet budget and IT requirements.
One last comprehensive breakout session included a second series of speakers, titled “Knowledge Management Comes of Age.” This session joined Goodyear Professor of Kent State University Denise Bedford, Director and Chapter Relations at AIIM Betsy Fanning, Chief Knowledge Officer for the U.S. Secret Service Marion Georgieff, Chief Knowledge Strategist at NTT Data Federal Inc. Annie Green, and Knowledge Manager of the FAA Giora Hadar. This impressive assortment of speakers collectively recognized that the knowledge management industry has been evolving over 60 years and that there are no established standards pertaining to education or practice in the space.
All in all, we know it is forever important to build a foundation that will ensure a solid future of knowledge management as the digital world around us changes. We can’t wait for next year’s 930gov Conference & Tradeshow.