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GTEC 2011: Thoughts on the Conference

 

October 21, 2011

By James Elrick, FreeBalance

A FreeBalance team spent Tuesday and Wednesday of this week working the booth at GTEC 2011 in the new Ottawa Conference Centre (very nice by the way, great venue). We also attended as many seminars as possible and live tweeted during the presentations. Afterwards, we had several people visit our booth and compliment us on our social media activity (tweets, blog, and more). On our blog, FreeBalance regularly writes about Government Resource Planning (GRP), including public financial management (PFM) and human resource (HR) management, and shared services.

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The presentations at GTEC covered a wide range of topics important to government employees. And as FreeBalance only works with governments (we don’t sell to the private sector), the conference topics were also important to us.

The theme of this year’s GTEC event was “Connected Government – Working Together to Better Serve Canadians”. Shared services (download the FreeBalance Shared Services brochure) loomed large over the event, so we took that opportunity to find out people’s thoughts on shared services via an online survey.

Here are several links to give you an idea of what’s happening with government shared services in Canada. 

FreeBalance is also attending the FMI Professional Development Week in November (also at the Ottawa Conference Centre), where we’ll be making the Shared Services survey available to FMI attendees. Afterwards, we will share the results of the collective opinion of survey respondents. Government employees’ thoughts matter and deserve to be heard and considered when shaping the future of Shared Services Canada.

As FreeBalance is a big believer in social media, especially for Government 2.0, we were also asking people at the show who had existing Twitter accounts to follow us (@freebalance). And those that didn’t, we created Twitter accounts on the spot and then showed them how to follow people on Twitter by following FreeBalance. We also have a LinkedIn Group that you can join as well, and follow us on the FreeBalance Sustainability blog.

Overall, GTEC 2011 was a successful show for FreeBalance. And we look forward to connecting with you again at GTEC 2012.

Here’s some photographs of the FreeBalance team at GTEC 2011:

 

 

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