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DMV Schedules Its Next Vendor Day

The California Department of Motor Vehicles’ upcoming event, Vendor Day 2022, will be the latest in its ongoing series of direct engagements with IT companies.

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A key state department, whose mission encompasses identity and transportation, will reprise its periodic convening for IT companies next month.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles will hold a Vendor Day 2022 on Feb. 17, the latest in its ongoing series of engagements with members of the IT industry. The department is “looking to partner with innovative organizations to advance and transform how DMV conducts business in a rapidly evolving environment,” it said in the event notice. The virtual event will be held via Cisco Webex; registration is required. Among the takeaways:

  • Tipped in December by Director Steve Gordon, the event should be heavily attended by DMV IT leaders and, likely, their counterparts from other state entities. The two-hour, 9 a.m. event will feature Gordon “and his technology leadership team” — but representatives of the California Department of Technology including now-former state Chief Information Officer Amy Tong have attended and spoken at previous events. (Tong became the director of the Office of Digital Innovation on Jan. 1; CDT chief deputy director and Deputy State CIO Russ Nichols is acting state CIO as the department seeks a permanent replacement.)
  • Areas of “opportunity” include activity-based costing/modeling process optimization, workforce communication platform, paper-based service fulfillment tracking, human capital management automation, and “wild card” problems and solutions, according to the DMV. The department is in the first phase of its Digital eXperience Platform (DXP) contract, having recently named Deloitte as the systems integrator; the project will update and replace software, hardware and programming languages in legacy systems as part of a multiyear project. DMV hopes to pilot its first area of DXP, occupational licensing initiative, this spring or summer, then focus on vehicle registration.
  • Following the Vendor Day event, interested companies will be invited to submit online ideas or solutions that could address DMV’s objectives. Applications will typically comprise two sections, calling on vendors to describe their “innovative solution” and share details on their company’s background and qualifications. DMV will then invite “select companies” to present at a Pitch Day tentatively set for March before a team of state and industry leaders.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.