Is work culture the biggest roadblock to improving government IT?

Originally posted on FedScoop by By Greg Otto

Be it deciding between issuing a device or allowing employees to bring their own, or moving agencies' data centers to the cloud, a group of public and private sector IT professionals said real change will come to federal IT when the government recognizes today's work culture is changing as quickly as technology is improving.

More than 350 IT professionals attended Citrix's Mobility 2014 conference Tuesday to talk about what agencies are doing to integrate new technologies and how agencies are moving past the PC-era.

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New White Paper Emphasizes Importance of Networking

Originally posted on by Matt Alderton

There's no denying the value of social networks like LinkedIn and Twitter. But there's no substitute for face-to-face networking, according to Dyanne Smith, marketing manager at The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va., which last week published a new white paper on the importance of face-to-face networking.

"With the amount of online resources readily available to us on our desktops and smartphones, blindly attending events and 'hoping for the best' becomes obsolete," Smith writes. "We must remind ourselves that social media does not replace face-to-face networking but instead is a supplement and provides the tools for instantaneous two-way communication."
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Checklist: 10 Vital Things to Have on Your Event Web Site

Originally posted on BizBash by Jenny Berg

A well-planned Web site can be a highly effective tool in engaging an event's audience, boosting ticket sales, or relaying information to those who weren't able to attend. We asked Web design and event planning pros to share tips on Web site essentials. Here are 10 things to include on your event Web site.

1. A clear description of the event's purpose 
It sounds basic, but don't forget to offer a quick event overview. "Event Web sites often lack a simple and clear description of what the event is about and who would get the most value from attending," says Eric Downs of Grain & Mortar, a strategy, branding, and design company.

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Top 10 Predictions for Event Technology Industry in 2014

Originally posted on Trade Show News Network by Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas, business development director, GenieConnect - an event participation solutions provider for the events industry - has released his top 10 predictions for the event technology industry in 2014.

1.  Organizers will seek integrated solutions -As technology becomes more prominent within the event industry, customers will have higher expectations of the services that their suppliers provide, and seek integrated solutions for registration, online mapping, mobile apps and audience response.
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Post conference scandals, agencies struggle to find balance

Originally posted on Federal News Radio by Jason Miller

Agencies are spending tens of millions of dollars less on travel and conferences today after repeated scandals came to light in 2012.

Some in Congress want to know what more can be done to ensure agencies will not go back to abusing the system in the future. At the same time, lawmakers also want to make sure agencies are not missing out on important opportunities that conferences provide.

Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are asking agency officials and inspector generals for help achieve the right balance.

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the committee, said agencies must be good shepherds of their funding, but not overlook the benefits that come from conferences.

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