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Tech Center Initiatives Featured at Annual CISOA Summit

March 20, 2020

Cannery Row, Monterey, California

The California Community Colleges Technology Center was well represented at the recent 2020 CISOA Technology Summit, with 13 presentations focused on systemwide technology developments, information security, and IT accessibility.

More than 500 college IT professionals and vendors gathered for this year’s conference, held in Monterey, Calif., March 1-4. The conference offered a full agenda of sessions of interest to those who are part of the information technology arena in the CCC.

Right: Monterey, Calif., was the location of the CISOA Technology Summit, held March 1-4, 2020.

The 2020 conference theme was “Digital Transformation for Student Success.” Tracks focused on information security, statewide initiatives, technology and planning, as well as those specific to AWS, Banner, and Colleague systems.

According to Lou Delzompo, Chief Technology Office for the CCC Technology Center, this year’s conference committee put forth such an informative set of tracks that it was difficult to make the choice of what to attend and what to miss.

Valuable Opportunity for Interaction

Delzompo characterized the event as a “rousing success,” noting that, despite concerns about COVID-19, staff and vendors showed up in force.

“As part of the systemwide CISO community, I always look forward to the annual conference as a way to interact with my colleagues in a way that the normal business model does not allow. I find this the most valuable part of the event.” he said. “Part of that is the ability to share our experiences as the CCC Tech Center and update the system on our projects. This year was no exception.”

Tim Calhoon, Executive Director of the CCC Technology Center, presents a session at the CISOA Technology Summit, held March 1-4, 2020.Left: Tim Calhoon, Executive Director of the CCC Technology Center, presents a session at the 2020 CISOA Technology Summit.

Members of the Tech Center’s Enabling Services team agreed. Warren Whitmore, Lead College Relationship Manager (CRM), said the CISOA conference provides the best opportunity to collaborate with technical teams from each college.

“We want to hear what their needs are, now and in the future, so that we can advocate for them in our development process,” he said. “Technology Center tools and services can have an immediate impact on how colleges interact with their students. The annual CISOA conference gives us a direct conduit to the CISOs to share product information and receive feedback on how to best deploy our products.”

Focus on Partnerships, Solutions

Formerly known as the CISOA Annual Conference, the event was renamed this year to reflect an expanded partnership of the California Community Colleges Chief Information Systems Officers Association (CISOA), California Community Colleges Banner Group (3CBG), California Community Colleges Colleague Users Group (4CUG), and California Community College Amazon Web Services Users Group (CCC AWS).

More than 300 California Community Colleges personnel and 200 vendors registered for the event, according to the conference website. CCC attendees included Chief Information Systems Officers, Chief Instructional Officers, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Technology Officers, VPs of technology and network systems, directors of IT, directors of technology, systems architects, network administrators, network security officers, Information Security Officers, financial managers, financial aid staff, human resources staff, enrollment staff, admissions and student records staff, and software and web developers.

“We had many great conversations with college leaders and staff about Tech Center solutions and options,” said Andy Newman, Chief Enabling Services Officer. “There was a near-constant stream of participants visiting me and the CRMs at the Tech Center booth to learn more about what had been presented at the various seminars, with specific interest in MyPath, SuperGlue, CCCApply Suite, Multiple Measures Placement Service, and ES Services.”

 

The CISOA Technology Summit, held March 1-4, 2020, was attended by more than 500 CCC IT professionals and vendors.

Above: The 2020 CISOA Technology Summit was attended by more than 500 CCC IT professionals and vendors.