October 2021 Newsletter: The Transformation Edition

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The Human Side of Tech Newsletter

Transformation Edition

Changing leaves, cooling temps, and pumpkins on doorsteps: Fall is a time of transformation.

This theme of transformation feels even more prominent when we look at the government tech community. The last 18 months have seen incredible progress from organizations – public and private – in digital services and accessibility. It’s exciting to see the public sector’s tech community move through modernization projects and set sights on transformational projects, preparing to meet and exceed the expectations in an ever-more connected future.

Read on for a quick round-up of resources about transformation in our business community.

New Podcast Episode!

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We’re in an era of rapid change, where resilience is vital to the transformation journey. The Davood for Thought podcast dives into the most important topics in government and technology today. Host Davood Ghods sits down with his vast network of colleagues to dish on the tech challenges that affect us all.

The most recent podcast, kicking off Season 2, features the gregarious Rick Nelson, co-founder of TA Group Holdings and current Chairman of Launch Consulting Group! Tune in as Davood and Rick talk AI, process improvement, and organizational management expertise. It’s a must-listen, according to TechWire!

Recently Awarded Contracts

CA Department of Health Care Services (DCHS): 3-year, $2.86M contract to provide a team of Sr. Project Managers to augment State project management staff.

CA Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD): 2-year, $1.45M contract to provide professional IT and Project Management services for the Department’s implementation of an Enterprise Testing Office (ETO).

CA Department of General Services (DGS): 3-year, $3.5M+ contract to support the State Architect in successfully re-writing and modernizing their 20-year-old core applications, eTracker and WebTracker, to align with new business processes.

Congratulations to MISAC's Excellence in IT winners!

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MISAC recently announced their 2021 Excellence in IT awards, recognizing outstanding governance and operations practices. Congratulations to all 13 recipients, including the City of Concord! We're proud to be a part of the exemplary IT work the City has been doing to transform the meaning of public service. Please join us in congratulating all the awardees on their accomplishment!

Transformation in Action: Can Augmented Reality Change How People Experience Cities?

From GovTech: AR could not only enhance visitors’ experience in your city – not to mention keep them safe as the pandemic wears on – but also help preserve the area’s history by providing “a portal to the past.”

Upcoming Event: Web Accessibility Toolkit Virtual Vendor Fair


On Wednesday, 10/27, The CA Department of Rehabilitation is hosting a Virtual Vendor fair for the Web Accessibility Toolkit Workgroup. As a premier accessibility provider for the State, we’ll be there presenting our commitment to the disabled community, and we hope to see you there, too! If you wish to register, please email the WACoP.

Welcome to the team, Dr. Kris Lea!

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Dr. Kris Lea is known for helping organizations apply a human-centered approach to managing their org, focusing on bringing people to the company’s future state with the skills they need to be even more successful. With a long career in IT project-related work for the State of California, she brings experience and expertise in transformation for the public sector. Her superpowers include deep listening, skill building, and unicycling.

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