Agencies are being asked to deliver more innovation and accelerate the pace innovation at a time when more than 71 percent of IT spending is going towards maintaining legacy IT systems. This imbalance is inhibiting government’s ability to move towards a secure and agile environment. Government must adopt a modernization strategy to reduce the funds required for IT maintenance and to fully take advantage of transformative technologies like cloud, big data, mobile, and the Internet of Things.
On June 14, industry and government leaders will gather in Washington, DC to discuss government’s biggest challenges and discover how to implement networks that can keep up with the technology of tomorrow. Here’s what attendees can expect to take away from the Forum:
Insight from Federal Leadership
The need for network modernization in government is clear to federal leaders, with our keynote speaker and federal CIO Tony Scott recently stating that “we have to have a constant refresh cycle, (or) the networks of yesterday will be obsolete.” Leaders from NASA, the Pentagon, GSA and more will explore this challenge during a series of keynotes and panels. Leaders will share insights from how to effectively manage explosive data growth to best practices for working with government as the acquisition landscape evolves.
Security will be another big part of this year’s conversation. Government agencies are looking for the best way to keep their network security automated and intelligent to stay one step ahead of adversaries. The increase of connected devices on the network has elevated this conversation, with a growth from 100 million devices connected to the network in 1995 to more than 7 billion devices on the network in 2015. Government and industry leaders will discuss the latest cyber challenges and solutions at the Forum.
New Relationships with Government and Industry
Not only will attendees hear from government leaders and experts, but they will have an opportunity to participate in direct conversations with industry and explore future partnership opportunities. This year we expect to have 40 industry partners join us looking to create new connections and develop and discuss ideas.
Interactions with Technology in Action
The network infrastructure that powers government agencies was implemented more than a decade ago and is full of outdated and proprietary infrastructure. What is the alternative? While speakers discuss the journey to the New IP and the move to modernized infrastructure, you’ll also be able to experience demonstrations of the technologies that will replace yesterday’s aging infrastructure at our Technology Pavilion.
I look forward to seeing you on June 14 for the 2016 Federal Forum. The conversation has already started - make sure you are part of it. Follow #FedForum or @tceleste2014 on Twitter to learn more about this great event.