Connect 23 Promises Big Ideas, Training, and Yes, Connection

January 26, 2023 by Peter Friesen

Connect 23 Promises Big Ideas, Training, and Yes, Connection

Tyler Technologies’ Connect 2023 is right around the corner, held this year on San Antonio’s famed River Walk. Registration is open, hotel rooms are being booked, and reservations for training sessions are filling up fast.

For those who may be coming to Connect for the first time, welcome! For those who’ve been before, you’ll have some idea of what to expect, but you also know that Connect is a nimble event, that exists to serve Tyler Technologies’ clients with thought leadership from top industry voices, learning and training sessions with product managers, and the opportunity to connect with other public sector employees from across the country. And last, but not least, unwind a little bit at fun events throughout the week.

To prepare for Connect 2023, read on for some highlights from last year’s event, along with reactions from attendees.

In 2022, Connect brought more than 5,000 Tyler clients and employees together for the first time since 2019. Dozens of attendees highlighted the fact that Connect 2022 was their first, but definitely not their last, Tyler conference.

Darcy Dishong, payroll coordinator for Cambria County, Pennsylvania, said it was her first Connect conference visit. She was, “extremely happy” she came. “I will definitely be back.”

“This was a great conference!” added Jessica Leonard, assistant finance director for the city of Anniston, Alabama. “I am going to present a budget increase so that others can attend with me next year. I definitely feel like they would benefit from attending this conference.”

The opportunities of attending a large-scale event in person were present throughout the week, with an introduction from Tyler President Lynn Moore on the state of the industry after the pandemic, to a keynote address from “Freakonomics” co-author Stephen Dubner.

Aside from hearing thoughtful views from government and technology leaders, Connect offers a chance to meet and talk with fellow government employees who do similar work day in and day out, serving cities, counties, or states.

That human connection is at the core of what makes government work so powerful, and it was empowering for many attendees to hear successes, struggles, and inspiring stories from other public servants.

“This was an excellent experience to network with other departments and bounce ideas off each other,” said Juan Padilla, a supervising fire prevention engineering assistant in Los Angeles County.

The 5,163 attendees included more than 800 Tyler employees, from the executives who shared the company’s long-term strategy and community vision, to the product teams that interact with users on a regular basis. Those product teams presented 855 sessions, which included teaching sessions, panels, roundtables, and hands-on labs. Nearly half of the sessions were eligible for continuing education credits as well, giving attendees even more return for their time.

“All classes were great, very in-depth and you left feeling like you have really learned something,” said Lisa Burley, court administrator from Stillwater, Oklahoma.

To learn more about what’s coming at Connect 2023, held May 7-10 in San Antonio, visit the Tyler Connect site, where you can find the latest information on registration, session agendas, featured speakers, and more. Some details are still in the works, so check back often for updates!

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