We are pleased to announce that the Court Technology Team won “The Best of Texas – Best Data Analytics/ Business Intelligence Project” awarded by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government. The award highlights their outstanding work in the development of two complementary computer applications and data analytics to support and manage indigent defense in Travis County. The team has produced the Indigent Defense Application (IDA) and the Attorney Management Portal (AMP). IDA allows court staff to create and manage appointments, and approve and pay vouchers, and better track and manage data associated with appointments and payments. AMP gives attorneys the ability to view their appointments, upcoming settings, and submit their vouchers electronically through their mobile device. The data collected by these systems has been combined with court data to develop advanced data analytics, which allow users to interact directly with accurate, immediately-accessible data. Users can ask questions, perform sophisticated comparisons, and develop visualizations and summaries. Through this award, Travis County has received national recognition for being at the forefront of using technology to better manage indigent defense.

The following quote is from Judge Brenda P. Kennedy, Presiding Judge, Travis County Criminal Courts:

“The Criminal Courts of Travis County are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of our Courts Technology Team in its efforts to streamline and implement processes that advance our technological capabilities in the area of Courts Data Analytics and Indigent Defense Project services. Not only has the technology afforded us a markedly improved data system, but, it has also provided a user friendly system for gathering information and providing measurable results as well as improved data comparisons that ultimately contribute to our being able to gather and access reportable information as is required for our indigent defense services. This “2015 Best of Texas Award Recognition” is well deserved and we are all proud and privileged to be on the receiving end of the benefits of the advanced information technology that has been made available as a result of this project.”

From Judge Lora J. Livingston, Local Administrative Judge, Travis County Civil Courts:

“The Travis County Civil Courts would like to extend congratulations to the Courts Technology Team for winning the “2015 Best of Texas” Best Data Analytics / Best Business Intelligence Project award from Texas Digital Government. The award recognizes the team's commitment to developing software and data analytics solutions for our courts. The solutions closely complement and refine our business processes, improve our efficiencies and provide insight into our data and systems. The process and methodology used in the planning and execution of the indigent defense system is remarkably successful, particularly for such a small team. The award from a national organization is an honorable recognition, well deserved, and is proof of the benefits of our dedicated and committed staff of information services professionals. We hope the success that has been awarded today inspires the team to even greater achievements in the years to come.”

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Pictured (L to R): Haider Maklef; Aaron Grieger; Chris Cooper; Luke Cooper; Landry Sufo;
Meg Ledyard; Mark Erwin; Linda Clark; Peg Liedtke; Kacy Hamilton

Not pictured: Debra Hale, Michelle Hoover, Rey Ponce, and Rick Booth

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Mark Erwin (Court Technology Team Manager) accepting the award.