MeriTalk - Where America Talks Government
Event Details
When: March 7, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Newseum, Washington, D.C.
Cost: Complimentary for Government; Industry rates apply
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8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Data Center and Applications - We've Rationalized; Now What?
Agencies have jumped right into application rationalization - cataloguing each one to best determine if it should stay in the data center or go to the enterprise, cloud environment. But can we really go through and identify the thousands of applications each agency has? Sure, moving email to the cloud is doable, but once we virtualize the "easy" applications in the data center, how will we address the bigger - or more difficult/intricate applications? Moving applications to an enterprise environment is an easy win towards meeting the consolidation mandates - but easier said than done. And if we are virtualizing - how can we determine if a public or private cloud is best? This session looks at application transformation - what do we do AFTER identifying and consolidating the easy pieces. Where do we send the bigger, more secure applications, how do we house them, and what's the best path forward?

Stein Rob Stein [moderator]
Vice President
Civilian Agencies

Karmel Anil Karmel
Deputy Chief Technology Officer
National Nuclear Security Administration

Lauderdale Mary Beth Lauderdale
Office for Information Services and CIO
Office of IT Optimization
Federal Aviation Administration

Schultz Rory Schultz
Deputy Chief Information Officer
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Networking Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
From Data Centers To Mega Centers
If less is more, then the less need to have more capacity. How do you select which centers survive? What steps do you need to take to map capacity, service, and efficiency requirements? How do you upgrade your infrastructure? What are the opportunities and challenges in the journey -- installing power metering, modernizing backup and recovery, chargeback infrastructure, etc.? Attend this session to learn from the megacenter masters.

Langford Russ Langford [moderator]
Managing Director of Global Services
Federal Division

Langford (Photo coming soon) Adriane Burton
Division of Computer System Services (DCSS)
Center for Information Technology, National Institutes of Health

Mazer Bernard J. Mazer
Chief Information Officer
Department of the Interior

Ross Ron Ross
Senior Computer Scientist and Information Security Researcher
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Smith Darren Smith
IT Specialist
Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Baker Roger W. Baker
Assistant Secretary for Office of Information and Technology
Department of Veterans Affairs
1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Awards Ceremony – Presentation of the Second Annual Optimize Data Center Awards
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Mind the Gap - The Disconnect of Management, Metrics, and Mandates
A lot has been done and there's still a lot left to do – but where are the metrics and business cost analyses to help keep the FDCCI on track as a showcase of the government's move to greater efficiency? IT executives don't control all the costs or budgets that encompass the initiative – making a solid business TCO model challenging at best. Meeting the mandates and mission requirements has decision-makers rushing to complete objectives without a full picture of requirements and economic outcomes. What do government decision-makers need to move FDCCI forward as the cost saving, efficiency creating initiative it is supposed to be? How can government mind the gap between the mandate deadlines and need for solid business metrics?

Brown Doug Brown [moderator]
Senior Data Center Specialist
Brocade Federal

Flanagan James P. Flanagan
Deputy CIO and Director, Office of Information Services
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Hinchman Dave Hinchman
Assistant Director, Information Technology Management Issues
Government Accountability Office

Renda Scott Renda
Portfolio Manager
Office of Management and Budget

Szykman Simon Szykman
Chief Information Officer
Department of Commerce
*Program subject to change