You would have to be completely disconnected from all information sources to have missed the unique challenges the U.S. Federal government is facing. In particular, the folks who support the IT systems that make critical elements of our daily lives possible are dealing with new mandates to reduce spending—all while being required to implement brand new applications to keep up with IT transformation.
Overlay some of the highest standards for information security and process control, and you end up with the daunting tasks that keep these folks awake at night. It’s safe to say that this group is facing one of the most complex environments in history—a politically charged world, uncertain budgetary resources, a CIO office focused on modernization and unfunded mandates.
On August 21 and 22, Brocade will host a forum in Washington, DC, that will provide a unique meeting place where Federal IT professionals, technology partners, systems integrators and industry luminaries can explore important topics related specifically to Federal IT professionals and the factors driving Federal IT modernization.
A variety of networking and breakout sessions will provide a great opportunity for attendees to exchange ideas, discuss challenges and best practices, and leave the forum with information that will be imminently useful as they make decisions concerning their organizations’ IT needs.
The primary mandates that Federal IT professionals are facing include data center consolidation, cloud computing, virtual enterprise (commonly known as “Bring Your Own Device”), cost containment/reduction, new forms of information accessibility, as well as security compliance. These topics will be covered by leading industry experts, discussed in the context of real-world deployments and explained by technology and business professionals.
The objective of the forum is to have the discussion extend from problem statement to specific implementation examples, including common pitfalls and projected cost models. The forum will outline state-of-the-art solutions and how they complement the legacy environments in which most IT professionals currently work.
Quite frankly, the cast of speakers and attendees is mind-blowing. Some of the highlights include:
Ron Broersma, Chief Engineer, Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN)
Charles McClam, Deputy CIO, USDA
Tim Schmidt, CIO, Department of Transportation
Simon Szykman, CIO, Department of Commerce
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, WFED Federal News Radio
Rishi Sood, Vice President, Gartner
Shawn McCarthy, Government Insights Research Director, IDC
I could fill several pages describing all the sessions and workgroups, but suffice it to say the event promises two days of informative and in-depth discussion on the key topics every Federal IT organization faces.