On Thursday, March 6, 2014 SIPA held its 1st User Conference. It was a terrific event with over 150 attendees from state and local governments all across Colorado. The sessions ranged from cyber security to Google and from Salesforce to PCI Compliance. Being able to interact and answer questions from so many of our existing and potential customers was perfect and the SIPA team was humbled by the experience. Here are a few thoughts and photos from the event.
|Jack Arrowsmith, SIPA Board Chairman|
A big thank you goes out to Jack Arrowsmith, SIPA's Board Chairman. He was a big part of the day and was available to shake hands with all of the government representatives receiving grants on behalf of their communities. I would also like to thank Representative Max Tyler and Senator Gail Schwartz (SIPA Board Members) for stopping by and assisting us by giving an opening welcome to our guests.
The event could not have happened without the great work effort of the SIPA staff and all of their planning and organizing activities. We had an entire portion of the Ralph Carr Judicial Building booked for the better part of the day. Way to go team!
|Presenters at the User Conference looking through the material.|
|Senator Gail Schwartz (Board Member) talking with an attendee.|
|John Conley, SIPA Executive Director talking with Romaine P. after the SIPA Overview session.|
I gave a presentation on SIPA and Why, How, and When to work with SIPA. It is always great to talk about the many things SIPA does to assist governments throughout Colorado. I am privileged to be part of an organization that always focuses on customer service and provides so many solutions. Whenever I give these overviews I am amazed with how far the organization has come in the past 5 years.
|Brian Blatt and Riley Rhodes leading the discussion on Salesforce.com and all of its capabilities.|
|Rick Dakin, Coalfire discusses PCI Compliance|
|An attending talking about how important it is for his community to get redundant Internet.|
|Catherine Kunst, SIPA Director of Operations presenting on SIPA's coming soon services.|
Catherine joined the SIPA team in August 2013 and her contribution to the organization has been tremendous. At the User Conference she led discussions on a Land Records Management System and discussed SIPA's upcoming services which include Digital Transaction Management, Mapping, Cloud Telephony and Verizon Cloud Services.
|A slide from the Google presentation. 5 million businesses have gone Google and so have 23 governments across Colorado.|
|A map of all the SIPA grant winners since 2010.|
The SIPA grant program was started in 2010 and since that time SIPA has awarded 88 grants and given out over $400,000 in cash awards. If you were to include the in-kind services the number would easily be over $500,000.
|Rep. Gerou (R), Rep. Rankin, SIPA Board Member (M), Deputy Administration Lisa Pine, Genesee Fire Rescue (L) networking at the reception.|
After the breakout sessions were over SIPA pulled everyone together for a grant ceremony and networking reception. It was a great way to end the day and the perfect way to say thank you to all who came and made the day a tremendous success.