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Technology Department Sets Date for Virtual Vendor Forum

Past forums have included remarks from CDT’s top leaders, a year in review and a look ahead to the coming year, and a question-and-answer session for those in the industry.

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The California Department of Technology (CDT) wants to hear from the IT industry at its next virtual CDT Vendor Forum.

The department is one of several that schedule these periodic events as a way to solicit solutions from vendors for various needs. Past events have included remarks from CDT’s top leaders, a year in review and a look ahead to the coming year, and a question-and-answer session for those in the industry.

This year’s event, to be held via Zoom video, will run from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Registration and other details are available online, and CDT said it will update the announcement as the event draws closer.

“As a valued partner with the state of California, your company is invited to attend,” the announcement says.

These vendor forums are informational and popular among those in the industry. Last year’s event, held in November, included an overview of the state’s then-new Cal-Secure, the state’s multiyear cybersecurity road map. Last year’s roster of speakers was led by Amy Tong, then the state CIO and now the secretary of CDT’s parent organization, the Government Operations Agency; and Russ Nichols, deputy state CIO and chief deputy director of CDT. The roster of speakers for this year’s event has not been finalized.

In addition to CDT, other state agencies that have held vendor forums include the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Employment Development Department.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.