Leadership · Education · Networking


by Allen Schmidt | 04/09/2014

The IPMA has been serving the leadership, education, and networking needs of Washington State Government employees for over 50 years.

It started with a small group of IT managers who met in Olympia to discuss ways to solve common problems, share information, and get to know each other better. At the end of the meeting, they all agreed to keep the discussion going, and the IPMA was born.

The IPMA celebrated 50 years of service to the State of Washington in 2014.


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by Allen Schmidt | 03/25/2014

Cloud-based Application Platforms offer the ability for businesses to rapidly build and iterate on applications, to support their line of business processes and deliver working software significantly faster than traditional development tools.

Are you a Software Developer or Applications Manager who’s tired of spending most of their time creating data management and workflow applications?

Do you wish there was a better way to support desktop and mobile users in one application?

If this sounds like you, you owe it to yourself to attend this workshop!

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by Allen Schmidt | 11/13/2013

We have added a new section to our RESOURCES page listing valuable online educational resources. Check it out.

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Since the first Center for Digital Government (CDG) Special Report on mobility was published more than 18 months ago, the landscape has changed dramatically. Mobility projects have flourished, with many government agencies rolling out citizen-facing applications, point projects that improve productivity in field staff-heavy environments, mobile device-friendly websites and other low-hanging fruit deployments.

But Mobility isn't a one-off pilot project or a string of siloed initiatives. It's a mindset and it requires comprehensive, strategic planning to succeed. Find out how to move from mobility rollouts to results in this Center for Digital Government/Public CIO Special Report.

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The State of Washington's Data Portal (data.wa.gov) gives you access to over 600 State government datasets ranging from

"Agency Contract Reporting" to "Wine Country Population".

You can search, browse, and view datasets and reports on 10 categories and over 100 topics.

You can participate in the movement to improve government transparency with citizens by viewing interesting datasets, commenting and reviewing data, and sharing data across the web.

Signup and join the Data.WA community today!

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by Allen Schmidt | 08/26/2013

CIOs are rethinking the hiring process as they seek leaders to replace an aging IT workforce.

Check out this article in the August 2013 issue of Government Technology Magazine.

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OLYMPIA - Governor-Elect Jay Inslee today named a successful high-tech entrepreneur as the state's new Chief Information Officer. Michael Cockrill, a technology entrepreneur with a long track record of success, will oversee the state's strategic vision for information technology, a key part of the governor-elect's efforts to bring fundamental change to state government.

"Michael's experience creating and building companies shows he understands how to marshal innovation and deliver on the promise of technology," said Governor-elect Inslee. "With the rapid pace of technological change, we need someone like Michael who understands that change without substantive improvement won't advance our efforts to make government more efficient, effective and transparent."

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