Session #17

Evaluating Modern Cloud Solutions for Building Resilient State Operations
11:35 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.   
CPE Field of Study: Information Technology

PPT Presentation

Disruption has been the word of the day for at least a decade, with new technologies, workforce and societal trends changing the way everyone lives and works. Until recent months, state governments have been able to fend off the seismic shifts that have destroyed commercial business models like transportation and retail. Today, however, disruption has come to roost with all governments, including states. The pandemic and civil unrest that will become the hallmarks of 2020 have made it clear that states’ tendencies towards risk aversity have themselves become a major risk, leaving governments ill-equipped to shift operational constructs with suddenly requisite agility. 

Join our speakers for an enthralling session including lessons learned from other governments’ evaluation processes for Cloud projects, to include impact on cost, governance, implementation process and timeline. Examples will show how current customers are navigating troubled waters with industry-leading cloud solutions, to help state governments learn to leverage technologies that allow them to remain compliant while becoming agile and resilient, as required in challenging times.


Lynne Bajema has served as the Oklahoma state comptroller since April 2012. Before her appointment as state comptroller, she served as the chief financial officer and deputy director of the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board after working in public accounting in the area of taxation.

She currently serves on the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement Board, the Government Technology Accountability Review Board, and as chairman of the State Cash Management and Investment Oversight Commission. She is an active member of NASACT and currently chairs the NASC CAFR Committee. She also serves on the GASB Revenue and Expense Recognition Task Force. She is past-president of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Association of Governmental Accountants and past-president of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs.

Lynne graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma and has been a certified public accountant since 1992. 
Mark Betchey is a director in Oracle’s Public Sector Strategic Programs Group. Mark has been working in state and local government for over 30 years. Mark worked in campaign politics for a decade and served for four years in the administration of Gov. Roy Romer of Colorado.  Mark has worked for 22 years in the private sector with state and local governments across a wide variety of practices including ERP, HCM and CX systems.

Desiree McFadden is the HRIS Cloud services supervisor for the state of Montana, Department of Administration. She has worked in the public sector 13 years, nine of those within HRIS being a key resource in several on-premise and cloud implementations. Desiree and her team manage four HR cloud applications, including  Oracle Talent Acquisition Cloud, Oracle HCM Talent Management Cloud, Oracle Learning Cloud, and Oracle Service Cloud. Each of these cloud products integrate with the state of Montana’s Core HR system, PeopleSoft. Being a native Montanan, Desiree enjoys the unique adventures that Montana has to offer. Managing cloud applications provides the flexibility to balance that desire with her work in HRIS as these applications can be easily managed from anywhere with an internet connection.

Matt Newman is a director in Oracle’s Public Sector Strategic Programs Group.  Mr. Newman’s team at Oracle focuses on the development of cloud customer service application solutions for public sector organizations. Mr. Newman has worked as a technology consultant to public sector organizations for over 28 years. Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Newman was a senior executive in Accenture’s public sector delivery organization. Mr. Newman holds a B.A. from Duke University in public policy and economics.   

Bob Sabo has worked for or with state and local government for over 40 years. He served in various administrative positions with the city of Trenton and Mercer County NJ. He also served four years as a city manager in New Jersey. After leaving direct government service he continued to work for several private sector companies that provide software and services to government organizations. They included Price Waterhouse, MSA/Dun & Bradstreet Software, Hyperion and PeopleSoft. Bob has been with Oracle’s public sector practice for over 23 years. His current role involves advising customers about adopting Oracle's Cloud ERP and EPM applications.

Bob received a B.A. in political science/public administration from the College of New Jersey and a master of public administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Troy Wintersteen is currently the director, Oracle HCM Cloud Strategy and Business Development – State and Local Government.  Troy has been serving the public sector with technology solutions since 1993. With his extensive background in the sales, development, implementation, support and service of public sector recruiting and human capital management (HCM) solutions, Troy has a unique perspective on the broader mission of human resources and its ever-increasing importance in organizational strategy for success.

Ginny Zuckero has been with the City of Jacksonville for four years and manages the 311 system for the city of Jacksonville, FL/Duval County as well as the document management/retention, data analysis/reporting and sheriff’s office time and attendance systems. Prior to joining the City of Jacksonville, Ginny worked for Walmart Stores, Inc. in the Information technologies division developing and supporting systems for stores, clubs and warehouses.


The NASACT Community

NASACT serves as the premier organization working to bring together state auditors, state comptrollers and state treasurers to cooperatively address government financial management issues. NASACT also manages two secretariats - the National State Auditors Association (NSAA) and the National Association of State Comptrollers (NASC). Both NSAA and NASC are included under the umbrella of NASACT’s budget and utilize staff hired by NASACT.