TAVARES — At its second ever roundtable meeting on June 10, information technology (IT) professionals from an assortment of public agencies in Lake County met at the Lake Technical Center’s Institute of Public Safety to collaborate and leverage each other’s ideas.
“Through collaboration and economy of scale, we can help our agencies more efficiently and effectively provide the necessary support to those we serve,” said Steve Earls, Director of the Lake County Department of Information Technology.
The group of nearly three dozen IT professionals included those from the Fifth Judicial Circuit, Lake-Sumter EMS, Lake County Clerk of Courts, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Property Appraiser, Lake County Board of County Commissioners, State Attorney’s Office and the municipalities of Fruitland Park, Eustis, Mount Dora, Tavares, Leesburg and Clermont.
“I am very familiar with what is going on in my agency and what our priorities are," said Jim Root, Chief Information Office for Lake-Sumter EMS, "but I realized today that I'm not familiar with what's going on with your agencies.”
The IT Roundtable discussed evaluation of products that the team could share with one another and how they could jointly research new technologies, such as cloud computing, online storage backup and desktop virtualization. In addition, the group shared ideas on e-mail filtering and firewall technology and the challenges they face in delivery of applications to smart phone users.
“We are going to get to work in putting together an online forum where we share ideas and help each other by offering solutions to day-to-day challenges,” Earls said.
The group is scheduled to meet again in November as it further explores partnership opportunities.