For over 30 years The Forum has been bringing together public and private sector IT Professionals to share knowledge and best practices in a vendor neutral, collaborative environment.

The Forum serves New York’s state and local government employees who develop, deploy, maintain, or use Information Technology; and the private sector organizations that work to meet the needs of the constantly changing public sector IT landscape.

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The Benefits of Membership

Public Sector

  • Build relationships with peers in state and city government as well as the private sector
  • Learn about new products, enhancements and technologies
  • Collaborate with colleagues to implement technologies and solve problems
  • Stay up-to-date on trends, opportunities and best practices

Private Sector

  • Learn about State and City IT needs and plans for the future
  • Gain feedback from some of the largest government IT organizations in the U.S.
  • Establish and nurture relationships with State and City IT professionals
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Who Can Participate

The NYS Forum encourages everyone who is interested in Information Technology in the public sector to join with their colleagues and participate in our workgroups, trainings and special events.  If you are a New York State employee or an employee in most New York City agencies, you are already a member and just have to create a Member Profile to begin taking advantage of the Forum's activities. 

If you work for another unit of government, or for a technology company, you can check to see if your organization is already a member.  If not, it is simple to join

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In the News...

NYS Forum COVID-19 Policy Update

Great news!  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on June 15 that 70% of New York State residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot and as a result, he has announced that effective immediately COVID-19 restrictions statewide have been lifted

“The State’s health guidance and New York Forward industry specific guidelines – including social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing – are now optional for retail, food services, offices, gyms, and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barbershops and personal care services, among other commercial settings.

Unvaccinated individuals continue to be responsible for wearing masks, in accordance with Federal CDC guidance. …the State’s health guidelines continue to be in effect for large-scale indoor event venues, pre-K to grade 12 schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and health care settings per CDC guidelines.”

To read more about the Governor’s official announcement, Click Here

What does this mean for the NYS Forum? As of June 17, 2021 The NYS Forum has lifted all restrictions related to COVID-19 screening and social distancing procedures within our offices. We are pleased to be able to again offer full capacity, in-person attendance for all of those who prefer this method of participation. The NYS Forum requests that any unvaccinated individuals please continue to wear a mask when inside the building. 

Based on the positive response from many of our members during the Covid-19 capacity restrictions, we will continue to offer meetings and workgroups virtually in addition to reopening for in-person attendance.   We hope that by providing both options, you will find it easier to participate in events in a way that allows you to have meaningful interactions with your peers in the NYS Forum.

Should circumstances change in the future, we will be implementing the relevant State of New York guidance on in-person attendance and capacity.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult period and we look forward to a return to normal with our colleagues from throughout the state.


NYS Forum partners with SoftEd for June Virtual Training Opportunity 

SoftEd's Business Analysis Bootcamp

SoftEd's David Mantica tells us about the NYS Forum's upcoming training opportunity: Business Analysis Bootcamp with Gina Schmidt, June 21-25, 2021 9:30am - 3:00pm via Zoom 25 PMI PDUs / 25 IIBA CDUs

Reserve a seat today! This course is fully registered.  Stay tuned for future announcements

Course Description: Gain the critical skills needed to be a successful business analyst. This course is designed to provide a complete and detailed training experience covering most aspects of business analysis. Recommended for aspiring BAs and BAs who have never received formal training.  Click for full course description!

ALSO: Included with this registration is access to one of SoftEd’s ALL NEW BA Leadership Circles: In this one hour session, you will discuss dealing with executive sponsors as SoftEd provides tips and tricks for working effectively with executives. You’re encouraged to come with questions about YOUR specific issues as they will be discussed as part of the circle! The precise time and date for this BA Leadership Circle will be announced upon registration of the course.