Public Information Officer
I recently accompanied my agency director to the 2015 Arkansas Society for Technology in Education (ARKSTE) Spring Conference at the Arch Ford Education Co-op in Plumerville, Arkansas. It was a full house with K-12 technology coordinators across the state in attendance.
We were there to share big news about the state’s plans to improve the Arkansas Public School Computer Network (APSCN) so that every school district in Arkansas will be provided access to high speed broadband at speeds never before offered by the Department of Education. My director was giving the opening presentation. When I took a look at the agenda, I was proud to see that DIS actually had a much larger role in the event.
Debbie Martin, operations center manager, did a terrific job leading a session about our state data centers at the state Capitol complex and in West Little Rock and how each serves the public sector. Courtney Dettlinger, program manager for the Arkansas Continuity of Operations Program (ACOOP) presented a session about ACOOP and the services offered by DIS to help school districts prepare and maintain disaster recovery plans in case an event impacts or disrupts district operations. Two local area network (LAN) field support technicians, Carl McGinty and Josh Jeter, conducted a demonstration of tools and best practices for backing up and restoring critical school district data.
The day prior to the ARKSTE conference, DIS personnel also served as speakers at the Arkansas Users of Telecommunications and Information Systems (AUTIS) conference. Members of our staff have been invited to speak as subject matter experts in cybersecurity, disaster recovery, data center, networking, enterprise architecture, state procurement and other areas related to information technology at events and conferences across the state and nation. Their knowledge and expertise is a point of pride in representing DIS as the state’s premier provider of information technology products and services to the state agencies, boards and commissions it serves each day.