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Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015: Industry Day Preview

Government Track to Feature Four Mavericks of Federal IT

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By: Bob Ragsdale

October 1, 2015 | Company NewsEvents

On Saturday I will be heading down to Orlando for the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015. This year’s event is sold-out so I guess it will just be 10,000 of my closest friends and me.

What I am most looking forward to is Sunday – Industry Day – where MicroPact is sponsoring the government track and has assembled a panel of four Federal IT mavericks for an interactive Symposium Session – Shifting from Custom to COTS: Managing the Shock of Transformational Business Change.

While transformational change may be technologically feasible, human factors and organizational behavior frequently conspire to slow or stall processes. This panel discussion will explore how these senior leaders leveraged COTS technologies and agile practices to successfully guide their agencies through the shock transformational business change – and how attendees can apply those recommendations in their own organizations.

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MicroPact's Industry Day to Feature Four Mavericks of Federal IT

Panelists include:

  • Guy Torres, Former Director of IT Contracting, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and now with Salient Federal.
  • Roger Baker, Former Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and now an Independent Consultant.
  • Michael Coene, Former Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and now an Executive Adviser with Booz Allen Hamilton.

The panel will be moderated by Paul Sobert, MicroPact’s Director of Customer Relations. Paul too has an extensive Federal IT background. He spent more than 30 years working for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the last four years as Director of Compliance Domain. In that position, he provided executive oversight for three divisions and internal software application development support for public-facing divisions responsible for customer service, collections, audits and fraud prevention.

Whether it is FITARA, Cloud-First, or LPTA, leaders throughout government are being asked to eliminate silos, consolidate operations and technologies, standardize on what works, and optimize efficiencies while driving down costs. Each of the panelists arrive with extensive front-line experience to draw upon as they explore the concept of how to successfully manage transformational IT change.

  • Mr. Torres’ experience comes from his time as a Director of IT Contracting at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP), where he supervised planning, acquisition, and contract execution of IT requirements. Mr. Torres managed the largest IT acquisition portfolio in DHS. He influenced innovative and agile business processes for major IT acquisitions and successfully led the re-competition of CBP's 10 largest IT infrastructure contracts, which under his leadership resulted in more than $100 million in negotiated contract savings for CBP. Mr. Torres has also held leadership positions with the FBI, the SBA, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
  • Mr. Baker will draw upon his time as CIO of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – a post he held for four years before returning to the private sector. Additionally, before the VA, he served from 1998 to 2001 as CIO at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he led efforts to digitize processes, improve technology management, reduce costs, and create the Federal CIO position. Prior to his appointment by President Obama, Mr. Baker was President and Chief Executive Officer of Dataline LLC; CIO of General Dynamics Information Technology; and Vice President and general manager of the Telecommunications and Information Assurance business group for CACI International Inc.
  • Lastly, Mr. Coene has over 25 years of experience leading complex development and technology strategy at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to draw upon. Ultimately he served as the FDA’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In this role, he was responsible for evaluating new technologies and innovative approaches to enhance the overall FDA mission. He spent two years as Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) and was responsible for the overall operations of IT, directing the work of over 450 government resources and over 1,000 contractors. Mr. Coene currently serves as Executive Adviser at Booz Allen Hamilton, a $5.27 Billion company that serves federal and commercial enterprises.

So, what constitutes “Transformational Business Change” in a Government IT context and what technologies and practices can you leverage to ensure success in your organization? I hope you will join us to find out. If you can’t make the session, we will be posting the video recording soon after the conclusion of Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015.

About the Author

Bob Ragsdale is Director of Marketing at MicroPact. Bob has over 20 years of experience leading the international marketing and branding efforts of software and technology companies at nearly every stage of development.


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