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National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Court Technology Conference (CTC)

09/12/17 - 09/14/17

Salt Lake City, UT

BerryDunn participated as an exhibitor at the NCSC Court Technology Conference. Through participation in sessions and networking during the conference, we’ve identified five key takeaways. How do yours compare?

  • Component Model: Originated in late 2015 and formally introduced in late 2016, the Next-Generation Court Technology Standards Application Component Model was discussed in multiple forums throughout the conference. Many of the attendees that dropped by the BerryDunn booth were interested in our perspective on this still-evolving concept. We would be pleased to continue to share our thoughts with you.

  • Build vs. buy options: The emergence of the Component Model has led to significant discussion about whether to build or purchase commercially available court technology components. Through our discussions with conference attendees, we discovered that larger court technology organizations seem to have a reasonably-staffed and talented IT team that has already developed customized “components” used to augment existing commercial tools. We found that the smaller courts typically do not have these capabilities in-house, and are primarily focused on market-based solutions. Our clients are faced with the same issues and have engaged BerryDunn to conduct an analysis of the various options for the acquisition and implementation of court technology. If you are interested in discussing a similar analysis for your court, please contact Doug Rowe.

  • Body-worn cameras and cruiser camera video: After meeting with the Salt Lake City Police Department to discuss their experience with body-worn cameras and data storage/retrieval, we were pleased to see that this was a recurring and consistent theme throughout the CTC conference. It is clear that this technology is driving important discussions through many areas of the justice and public safety community, including police, courts, corrections, and district attorneys. Practitioners are having significant discussions about video storage (i.e., cloud-based vs. on premises), and vendors are offering solutions to support both models. If your agency is considering deploying this technology, and are concerned about the ramifications, we would be pleased to assist.

  • Security vulnerabilities: Equifax was top-of-mind for many conference participants. Vulnerability, unauthorized penetration, and many other security-related topics were discussed during presentations and technology showcases. As a proactive (and admittedly, low-tech) attempt to minimize one of these vulnerabilities, BerryDunn gave out ALL of our laptop video camera covers to those that joined us at our booth. If you want a more high-tech approach to addressing your security concerns, please contact our Government Assurance team.

  • Large Project failures/missteps: In an informal poll of BerryDunn booth visitors, we found the greatest concern about large IT initiatives was the risk of failure. Many of you have experienced or are aware of high-profile technology project failures – possibly within your own agency. We all know that project management discipline and rigorous focus on risks and issues can help mitigate failures. However, it can difficult to apply these best practices when entrenched in the day-to-day grind of a project. BerryDunn has helped many of our clients by conducting point-in-time assessments of their projects—typically occurring every six months for long initiatives. These assessments provide an independent perspective on the health of large IT initiatives. If you would like to discuss whether this approach may be helpful in your environment, please contact us.


If you want peace of mind knowing that your court systems are effectively managed, efficiently operated, and secure, look to BerryDunn. For more information, contact Doug Rowe.

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