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State and local governments provide vital services to their citizens and keep them safe. They are also one of the largest employers in the country. They employ about 14 million people in the US, not including public schools and hospitals. However, they’re also wrought with antiquated systems, broken processes, paperwork overwhelm, lack of transparency, and underutilization of intelligent technologies.

If you are a municipal leader, everyday citizen, or work for a state or local government across the US, you’ve come to the right place! Welcome to Untangled, a podcast for municipal leaders, IT managers, CIOs, and city or county council members that focuses on trends in government IT and its current best practices and challenges. Hosted by Abhijit Verekar, the show features special guests from various municipal agencies across the US, team members at Avèro Advisors, and other experienced professionals in the field to share their insights on how to untangle problems and make the Government more innovative and more efficient.

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Join Megan Seaton and Lexi Webster from Avèro Advisors in a candid discussion that sheds light on vendors' complexities and frustrations when responding to Requests for Proposals (RFPs). In this enlightening podcast, our Business Development Manager and Proposal Coordinator unveil their top five pet peeves, ranging from vague project scopes to the hurdles of physical submission requirements. Delving into the critical need for clear communication and realistic timelines, they advocate for a more transparent and vendor-friendly RFP process. With a focus on the importance of well-defined objectives and the value of feedback for unsuccessful submissions, Megan and Lexi offer invaluable advice on navigating the RFP landscape. Tune in to understand how better practices can lead to more effective proposals and, ultimately, stronger vendor-client relationships in the government technology sector.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
In this insightful episode, AV and Robert delve into the evolving dynamics of public housing agencies (PHAs). They emphasize PHA executives' need to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset to navigate the sector's changing landscape adeptly. Key discussion points include:Branding and Marketing: The conversation underlines the significance of effective branding and marketing strategies in enhancing the growth and efficiency of PHAs.Strategic Planning: AV and Robert stress the importance of strategic planning, advocating for a forward-thinking approach to managing PHAs.Embracing Technology and Innovation: A crucial segment is dedicated to the role of technology and innovation in improving service delivery and operational efficiencies within PHAs.Vision and Growth vs. Compliance and Risk Mitigation: The speakers argue that PHAs should prioritize vision and growth, moving beyond a sole focus on compliance and risk mitigation.Data-Driven Decision-Making: The role of data in informed decision-making processes is highlighted, underscoring its importance in the modern management of PHAs.Role of Management IT Consultants: The potential contributions of management IT consultants in aiding the evolution and modernization of PHAs are discussed.This episode is a must-listen for PHA executives and professionals in the public sector, offering valuable insights into embracing change and innovation for organizational advancement.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
In this insightful episode of "Untangled," AV explores the crucial role of digital transformation within the K through 12 educational landscape. He delves into the necessity of strategic planning and seamless technology integration into the educational framework. The discussion revolves around the involvement of all stakeholders in this transformative journey.A key focus of the episode is the impactful role of AI and machine learning in revolutionizing K through 12 curricula. AV sheds light on how these advanced technologies can support self-paced and personalized learning experiences, complementing traditional teaching methods. Furthermore, the crucial topic of cybersecurity is addressed, highlighting the growing need for robust security measures as technology becomes more ingrained in students' daily learning.AV offers valuable advice for educators and administrators embarking on this path: think expansively and deeply understand the educational sector. Additionally, the episode underscores the importance of executive alignment, ensuring that leadership teams are fully committed to and aligned with digital transformation initiatives in education.Join us in this episode of "Untangled" as we unravel the complexities and opportunities of digital transformation in K through 12 education, preparing for a future where technology and learning go hand in hand.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
Join us in this insightful episode as we sit down with Robert, Director of Advisory Services at Avèro Advisors, and AV, CEO of Avèro Advisors. They delve into the critical topic of IT modernization within public safety. This conversation is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intersection of technology and first responder operations.Essential points covered include the vital need for reliable and effective technology for first responders, whose reliance on their equipment is paramount. Robert shares his expertise on securing appropriate funding and the significance of correctly implementing technology from its inception.Furthermore, the duo explores the complex challenges of managing the public's expectations with the internal needs of public safety departments. They underscore the essential role of strategic planning before introducing new technologies, emphasizing how robust inter-departmental relationships can make or break the success of these initiatives.Lastly, they touch upon the often-overlooked aspect of user training and support, highlighting how crucial it is to adopt and use new technologies in high-stakes environments effectively. This episode is a treasure trove of insights for anyone involved in public safety, IT, or organizational management.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
Join the exclusive live broadcast led by AV, CEO of Avèro Advisors, as we explore the critical essentials of ERP systems. This insightful session, mainly designed for public sector professionals, will feature a thorough walkthrough of our live ERP checklist. It's a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning strategies, align with best practices in public sector consulting, and have your questions answered by an industry expert. Enhance your ERP knowledge with us and be part of this enriching journey. Join AV in this insightful solo podcast, where he delves into the critical art of navigating Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation. With an eye-opening statistic that 80% of these implementations falter, he underscores the gravity and meticulousness required in this process. Throughout the episode, AV walks listeners through a comprehensive checklist essential for any ERP implementation or digital transformation journey. This includes documenting current processes, pinpointing modernization opportunities, developing process maps for the desired future state, specifying requirements, and preparing a projected budget. The journey involves procurement, drafting a Request for Proposal (RFP), evaluating proposals, conducting product demonstrations, vendor selection, contract negotiations, and the pivotal stages of implementation and going live. AV also highlights the significance of user testing, creating training materials, and establishing a system for reporting technical issues, ensuring a well-rounded approach to ERP implementation.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
In a live stream discussion, Avero Advisors CEO Abhijit Verekar, Megan Seaton Business Development Manager,  and Director of Advisory Services Robert Kornovich discussed the importance of building a robust implementation team for ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) projects. They emphasized the need for a project sponsor, a project champion, and a change management lead. They also highlighted the importance of defining roles and responsibilities early on, and ensuring that everyone is pulling in the same direction. They advised smaller organizations to spread responsibilities across different roles to avoid overburdening one person. They also stressed the importance of effective communication and collaboration within the team, and the need to address data-related challenges early in the process.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
In an Avero Advisors Live broadcast, the Megan & AV discussed the importance of strategic visioning in digital transformation projects. They emphasized the need for a clear vision and understanding of the desired outcomes before embarking on such projects. The role of the CIO was highlighted as crucial, but it was noted that they should not be expected to understand every aspect of the business. The speakers also stressed the importance of regular communication and engagement with stakeholders, as well as the need for ongoing change management. They also touched on the importance of data hygiene and security, and the need for regular review and updating of strategic plans.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
In a live stream discussion, Megan Seaton, Business Development Manager, and Katie Connatser, senior project manager at Avèro, discussed the importance of readiness checks before implementing new software systems in local government entities. They emphasized the need for stakeholder engagement, understanding organizational needs, and assessing data readiness. They also highlighted the importance of building a diverse implementation team and addressing potential resistance to change. They suggested that organizations continually review their data and training resources and regularly check with technical teams to ensure data integrity. They also stressed the importance of contingency planning and identifying potential implementation risks.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
In a livestream discussion, Megan and AV discussed the importance of planning and preparation before implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. They emphasized the need to understand current systems and processes, create a vision for the future, and align executives with the project's goals. They also highlighted the importance of communication and change management strategies to address fears and resistance that often come with significant technological changes. They advised against relying solely on software vendors for implementation, instead seeking unbiased advice and considering the organization's unique needs. They concluded by emphasizing the importance of treating ERP implementation as a people and organization project, not just an IT project.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
In a live broadcast, AV & Andrew discussed the importance of governance in IT project management, particularly in ERP implementations and digital transformations. They emphasized the need for executive alignment and internal processes to ensure project success. The speakers also highlighted the importance of having a project sponsor and a senior-level escalation point to clear roadblocks. They discussed the need for ongoing governance to manage changes and updates in the system. The AV & Andrew also touched on the role of public-private partnerships in IT governance and the importance of change management in navigating the people aspect of projects. They warned against treating system upgrades as simple updates, stressing the need for comprehensive requirements definition and stakeholder management.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
In a live stream by Avèro Advisors, the founder and CEO discussed the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) and its integration into the public sector. He highlighted AI's potential in improving paper-heavy and process-intensive processes. He also mentioned the use of AI in generating documentation, reading documentation, and ensuring compliance with regulations. The CEO emphasized that while AI may change job roles, it will not eliminate jobs as human verification is still needed. He also discussed the potential of AI in aiding crisis communication or emergency responses. The CEO encouraged public sector entities to envision how AI can improve operations and explore AI-enabled ERP solutions and natural language reporting.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
In a debate-style discussion, Kyler, AV, and Eric discuss various aspects of digital transformation, including technology-agnostic and independent advisory services, the importance of vendor coordination and project management, and the potential for significant synergies in working together. They also discuss the pros and cons of different approaches to digital transformation, such as core ERP versus best-of-breed solutions, agile versus waterfall methodologies, on-premise versus cloud solutions, and internal IT management versus external outsourcing. They also touch on the importance of ongoing training and the need for a clear vision and strategy for digital transformation.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
In a live-stream discussion, Megan and Abhijit Verekar (AV) discussed the importance of modernizing cities and the initial steps to take. They emphasized the need for automation and efficiency in city operations and the importance of envisioning a future where every citizen thrives, and the environment is cherished. They also highlighted the importance of setting a clear vision for modernization and the need for city leaders to work together to achieve this vision. They discussed potential funding sources for modernization projects, including internal sources, ARPA funds, grants, and state funds. They also highlighted potential roadblocks to modernization, including lack of initiative, piecemeal project selection, resistance to change, and lack of vision. They concluded by emphasizing the importance of efficient management and communication in ensuring business continuity during modernization.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
In a live stream discussion,  experts Robert Kornovich and AV discussed the escalating threat of ransomware and data breaches. They emphasized the importance of proactive planning and regular training for staff to recognize and respond to potential threats. They also highlighted the need for organizations to prioritize their most critical services and ensure they have the necessary resources to recover quickly in the event of an attack. The experts warned against complacency and the false sense of security from relying on cybersecurity insurance or AI tools. They also advised organizations to regularly review and update their cybersecurity policies and procedures and consider seeking external help in case of a breach.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
Creating a Workplace Culture that Embraces Accountability and Leadership with Megan Seaton & Katie Connatser.In this conversation, Megan Seaton and Katie Connatser discuss the importance of fostering a culture of leadership and accountability in the workplace. They emphasize the need for clear communication, setting realistic expectations, and providing constructive feedback. They also highlight the importance of understanding each other's roles and responsibilities, promoting cross-functional collaboration, and being flexible and adaptable to change. They suggest that creating a culture of leadership and accountability can attract new talent and help employees grow professionally. They also discuss the challenges of fostering such a culture, including the need for constant communication, delegation, and making time for employee development.Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
Enter the enigmatic world of potion-making with your host, AV, and special guest Paul Oberdorfer in this compelling pre-recorded podcast episode.In an era where customization is at the forefront of consumer desire, the prospect of creating individualized solutions is enticing and laden with pitfalls. Paul Oberdorfer, a recognized expert in this field, untangles the complicated relationships between various potion ingredients, evaluates the ethical concerns involved, and illustrates the nuanced balancing act required to craft personalized solutions without harmful side effects.🔮 Episode Highlights:An in-depth look at the complex combinations of ingredients that make each potion uniqueA critical discussion on the moral dilemmas of custom "potion-making."Expert commentary on the precautions needed to prevent unintended, potentially dangerous outcomesTake advantage of this captivating episode that blends city management, ethics, and a sprinkle of enchantment. Subscribe today to ensure you don't miss this and future episodes that venture into the mystical realms of alchemy!Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
You didn't dare miss our haunting live broadcast on October 18th at 10 AM emanating from the shadowy corners of social media networks like LinkedIn and YouTube. AV and Tyler unearthed the darker, more sinister aspects of ERP systems in that chilling session. They navigated you through the pitfalls that have ensnared many, leading to projects that stalled and became eerie tales of failure or derailment. Through a series of real-life horror stories and sage advice from beyond, they aimed to spare you from joining the spectral ranks of ERP zombies. Whether you were a novice wandering into the ERP realm or an experienced sorcerer, this ghoulish conversation promised enlightening revelations filled with cautionary dread. #ERP #LIVE #Averoadvisors #SpookySessionStay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
Welcome to a special episode of "Untangled," where we bring you an impactful discussion originally aired as a live broadcast on October 11th. This week's focus is "Ghost of Resistance: Change Management Phantoms." We are honored to feature Eric Kimberling from Third Stage Consulting and experienced experts AV and Megan. In this enlightening episode, we expose the often-overlooked obstacles that can compromise the effectiveness of change management initiatives. Benefit from our compelling dialogues and actionable insights to enhance your organization's resilience during transformative times. Tune in to "Untangled" and enrich your approach to managing change! Stay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
Ensuring a major US city’s survival during COVID-19 is challenging enough, let alone leading it towards commendable modernization efforts aimed at making its residents’ lives better. Cincinnati may be in the Rust Belt, but its city management team is far from rusty. Manned by a talented workforce and forceful leadership, the city has managed to perform beautifully in technological solutions, including the massive undertaking of providing Wi-Fi access to identified lower-income neighborhoods. As Assistant City Manager, John Juech gets to see and participate in all these efforts first hand. Listen as he shares how fruitful that experience has been for him as he joins Abhijit Verekar on the show.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Join the Rethink IT Community today: averoadvisors.comStay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
Everything we do in government is all about achieving quality service delivery. A lot of that can be achieved through process innovation, but it can often be a challenge when you’ve got a team of people who were never empowered to think outside of the transactional box. Mark Wheeler sees this as one of the biggest responsibilities he is called upon to shoulder as Philadelphia’s CIO. Possessing years of GIS-related experience, Mark brings in a proclivity towards innovation, as well as the top-notch leadership, communication and planning skills that all IT leaders need to have. He now joins Abhijit Verekar to share how he and his team are navigating the challenge of finding technological solutions that work to improve service delivery in their massive jurisdiction.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Rethink IT Community today: averoadvisors.comStay up to date on industry trends!Download our free eBook: ➡ https://bit.ly/2023techguideLearn More About Avero:➡ https://www.averoadvisors.comConnect With Us:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/averoadvisorsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/averoadvisorsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/averoadvisorsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@averoadvisorsConnect With AV:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/verekar(865) 415-3848 | info@averoadvisors.com
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