Stein New Director of Systems and Technology

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Michael Stein
Michael Stein has recently joined SEARCH as Director of Systems and Technology, where he develops and directs activities and manages staff under two key program areas: the Justice Technology Resource Center and the National Technical Assistance Program, which includes SEARCH's Justice Information Exchange Model© project and Justice XML initiatives. These programs assist justice and public safety agencies in their efforts to develop, operate, secure, and improve information-sharing and identification systems, and to achieve interagency data exchange.

Mr. Stein has three decades of experience in the public sector, the telecommunications industry, and commercial banking. His career has been focused on helping organizations effectively use technology to solve business problems through Business Process Re-engineering, Strategic Systems Planning, Requirements Definition, Project Management, and the management of large-scale systems integration efforts.

"Michael Stein has spoken at numerous national conferences, and is an experienced and effective facilitator. SEARCH is fortunate to have someone with his strong background working with justice agencies to document and re-engineer business processes through the improved exchange of information, and the adoption of new technologies," said Kelly J. Harris, SEARCH Deputy Executive Director of Programs.

Prior to joining SEARCH in 2005, Mr. Stein was Director and Team Leader of the Justice Practice for Gartner, a leading information technology (IT) consulting and advisory services organization. In recent years, Mr. Stein has been primarily engaged in facilitating the development of enterprise IT strategies to enable communities to leverage existing technology investments while moving toward a more uniform and cost-effective IT environment, assisting public-sector organizations in the direction of interagency projects, and in finding effective ways to exchange information between legacy information systems.

Mr. Stein has served as Vice President for Business Development and Strategic Planning for a privately-held firm engaged in the development and support of case management systems for courts and probation departments; as a Solutions Director in the Information Services Group (ISG) of Unisys Corporation, where he directed two multimillion-dollar systems integration projects for courts; as a Senior Technology Manager for the trial courts in Los Angeles County, California; and as a Manager in the Law and Justice Practice of Deloitte & Touche. As a result of his diverse experience bridging the public sector, solution providers, and systems integration, he has unique insights into the critical success factors that shape the direction and outcome of complex technology projects.