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  • Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
  • Time: 7:30AM - 11:35AM
  • Cost: FREE for Government Attendees
  • Location: The Willard InterContinental Hotel
    1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20004

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DevOps is positioned to play a significant role in how agencies develop new IT services.

In many cases, traditional approaches to development prove too costly and too cumbersome, making it difficult for agencies to deliver new services that come in on time and on budget—and up to spec.

DevOps offers a new way forward. DevOps practices are designed to speed the delivery of services while improving the quality of applications. Forrester Research, an IT market research and consulting firm, has identified four benefits of DevOps:

  • More collaboration across an organization’s development and operations teams
  • Reduced lag time through automation and improved, repeatable processes
  • Reduced design complexity through the use of loosely coupled architectures
  • A more agile response to customer feedback

An increasing number of agencies are beginning to leverage DevOps. For example, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services used DevOps practices to modernize its e-verify system. And the Defense Information Systems Agency is looking to DevOps to provide a more consistent approach to development across different environments.

Still, the DevOps methodology will prove to be a big change for many agencies.

This workshop will bring together IT leaders from government and industry to explore the future of DevOps in government. The sessions—which include both agency case studies and tech discussion—will look at key issues that agencies must consider when adopting the DevOps methodology and highlight emerging best practices in incorporating DevOps into an agency’s IT planning and management processes. The concluding session—the Workshop—will provide attendees an opportunity to offer input and ask questions of session leaders.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • DevOps and the systems development lifecycle
  • DevOps in a hybrid IT environment
  • The integration of cybersecurity into DevOps processes
  • DevOps and federal procurement practices
  • Managing the culture changes
  • Automation: Where to begin
  • New approaches to user-centered design

Featured Speakers:

  • Michael Fairless
  • Branch Chief, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
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    Michael W. Fairless joined the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in February 2013 serving as the Branch Chief for Servers and Storage. Prior to joining the SEC, he was a Program Manager and Assistant Vice President with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) from January 2001 until February 2013, Director of Operations with Petra Incorporated from January 1999 until January 2001. Prior to joining Petra, Mike served in the United States Navy as a Master Chief Intelligence Specialist from 1977 to 1999. Highlights of his military service include 6 Operational deployments to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and the Arabian Gulf and service as a Master Chief Petty Officer of the Command, Intelligence Officer, Intelligence Systems Officer, and Leading Chief Petty Officer.

    Mike is an accomplished and tenacious professional who believes that a true leader empowers others, providing tools and support, while challenging individuals and teams to stretch beyond their comfort zones. Mike has demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement, concentrating on building strong teams, developing valuable tools, and sound processes with an emphasis on the identification of best practices. He has facilitated multiple organizational and leadership development events focused on optimizing the enterprise through enhancements to organizational design and developing high performing teams. He has led large and complex system development, system engineering, and logistics management and implementation efforts in support of customers at the United States Navy, Naval Air Systems Command. He has also managing large IT Infrastructure and Service Operations in support of the United States Central Command (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information Enterprise Systems), U.S. State Department, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Mike’s academic achievements include a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelors in Management of Technical Operations, and an Associate’s Degree in Technical Education. Mike’s is a Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA), Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. He holds additional certifications in ITIL Service Operations and has spent many years studying and implementing Agile and Lean best practices in a variety of non-traditional environments.

  • Leonel T. Garciga
  • J6 Chief and Chief Technology Officer,
    Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization,
    Defense Threat Reduction Agency
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    Mr. Garciga is the Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO) J6 Chief and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In these roles, he provides technical leadership, oversight and direction for mission and enterprise information technology planning, research, development, experimentation, validation, acquisition, accreditation and application of future information technology programs, architectures and capabilities within JIDO. His expertise enable the rapid integration of cutting-edge technology for counter-IED and counter threat network operations and intelligence support to a myriad of missions for the Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. national security.

    Mr. Garciga is also the technical advisor to the JIDO Director and his senior staff and; serves as the JIDO technical lead and information technology integrator to the DoD, Intelligence Community, S&T community, U.S. government interagency, coalition partners, non-governmental organizations, academia and industry. In this capacity, he serves as JIDO’s technology ambassador through engagements and collaboration on information technology innovation and emerging technologies.

    A strong proponent of "continuous everything", Craig and his teams are at the forefront of government efforts to harness the cloud for application delivery. Having spent most of his career supporting the federal government in technical leadership roles, Craig firmly believes that the most successful agencies empower their development teams to experiment with, and adopt new techniques and technologies; and tailor enterprise standards and processes to support innovation on delivery teams.

    CAREER CHRONOLOGY:

    • 2015 – PRESENT, JIDO, Reston, VA, J6 Chief / Chief Technology Officer
    • 2014 - 2015, JIEDDO, Reston, VA, J6 / Principle Deputy Chief Information Officer
    • 2012-2014; JIEDDO, Reston, VA, COIC Chief Technology Officer / Deputy Chief Information Officer
    • 2009-2012; JIEDDO, Arlington, VA, Knowledge & Information Management Division Chief
    • 2008-2009; USJFCOM, Joint Transformation Command – Intelligence (JTC-I), Suffolk, VA, Information Technology Specialist
    • 2007-2008; Navy Engineering Logistics Office Detachment Norfolk, VA, Mechanical Engineer
    • 2003-2007; Navy Engineering Logistics Office Detachment Norfolk, VA, Engineering Technician
    • 1998-2003; United States Navy: USS Boise SSN-764 & USS Memphis SSN-691, Nuclear Qualified Machinist Mate First Class; E-6/MM1 (SS) Mechanical Division Leading Petty Officer

    EDUCATION:

    • 2008 Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering Technology
    • 2009 East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, Graduate Certificate Organizational Management
    • Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; Master of Engineering, System Engineering; in progress

    MILITARY TRAINING:

    • 2009 USJFCOM Senior Leadership Development Program - Aug 2009
    • 2007 Naval Academic Fellowship Program - Old Dominion University Engineering Department
    • 2003 Naval Nuclear Mechanical Operator “A” School – Orlando, Florida
    • 1999 Nuclear Power Training Unit – Ballston Spa, New York
    • 1998 Naval Nuclear Power School – Orlando, Florida

    PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS/PROFICIENCIES:

    • 2012-16 DoD IAM-III 8570 Certified: GIAC-GSLC
    • Big Data Infrastructure and Analytics, Advanced Visual Analytics, Software Systems Engineering and Integration, threat network analytics within Hadoop based systems
    • C++, C#, .NET, Java, Ruby, Python and HTML programming/scripting languages.
    • DoD acquisition policy and procedures, to include R&D and S&T experience
    • Design/Implement Web and Cloud based systems; Windows 2003/2008 R2 and Linux based server operating environments; virtualized environments using both VMware and Microsoft Windows Hyper-V across DoD unclassified, classified and coalition networks

    AWARDS AND HONORS:

    • 2014 Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism
    • 2014 Commanders Award for Civilian Service (x2)
    • 2010 Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS:

    • Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association
    • American Society of Naval Engineers
    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (serves as ODU mentor)

  • Mark Schwartz
  • Chief Information Officer,
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
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    Mark Schwartz is the Chief Information Officer of USCIS. One of his key goals is to increase the organization’s responsiveness to mission needs by reducing time from concept to deployment for new capabilities. To support this goal, Schwartz has introduced such practices as Agile and Lean Development, Continuous Delivery and DevOps. He also leads efforts across DHS to introduce Agile information technology approaches.

    In 2015, Schwartz received the AFFIRM award for Leadership in Technology Innovation and an Amazon Elite 100 award. Before this position, Schwartz was the CIO of Intrax Cultural Exchange, where his innovative Family Room application drove dramatic market share, revenue and profit growth. In 2006, CIO Magazine recognized this accomplishment with a CIO 100 award. In 2010, he was named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders by Computerworld Magazine.

    Schwartz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Yale University, an Master of Arts in Philosophy from Yale University, and an Master of Business Administration from Wharton.

  • Brett Hofer
  • Global DevOps Practice Lead Expert Services, Dynatrace
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    Brett Hofer is Global DevOps Practice Lead within Dynatrace’s Expert Services. He is as passionate about DevOps as he is about music and art. Specializing in delivering complex mission critical software under methodologies such as Agile, Lean and Waterfall (to name a few), his success at managing and delivering projects with complex technical and political challenges is almost legendary. More than twenty years of broad software/IT experience—from product designer and solution architect to senior management—has given him a unique 360° perspective on IT that has earned the respect of customers and peers alike.

  • Craig Schneider
  • Federal Practice Lead, Excella Consulting
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    Craig Schneider is a Federal Practice Lead at Excella Consulting, helping to transform federal software delivery through innovative development of new online capabilities benefitting the U.S. Government, citizens and immigrants. Craig oversees several major DevOps programs for Excella, including myUSCIS (https://my.uscis.gov) and the Verification Program at US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the overall winners of the 2016 and 2017 ACT-IAC Igniting Innovation Award.

    A strong proponent of "continuous everything", Craig and his teams are at the forefront of government efforts to harness the cloud for application delivery. Having spent most of his career supporting the federal government in technical leadership roles, Craig firmly believes that the most successful agencies empower their development teams to experiment with, and adopt new techniques and technologies; and tailor enterprise standards and processes to support innovation on delivery teams.

7:30 - 8:25AM
Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:25 - 8:30AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Troy Schneider
Editor-in-Chief, FCW and GCN
8:30- 9:05AM
Opening Government Keynote:
The Future of DevOps in Federal IT
Mark Schwartz
Chief Information Officer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
9:05 - 9:40AM
Case Study I:
Managing Risk in a DevOps Environment
Leonel T. Garciga
J6 Chief and Chief Technology Officer, Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
9:40 - 9:55AM
Technology Insights I
Craig Schneider
Federal Practice Lead, Excella Consulting
9:55 - 10:15AM
Networking Break
10:15 - 10:50AM
SEC: The Case for DevOps Culture
Michael Fairless
Branch Chief, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
10:50 - 11:05AM
Technology Insights II
Brett Hofer
Global DevOps Practice Lead Expert Services, Dynatrace
11:05 - 11:35AM
The Workshop
11:35AM
Closing Remarks
Troy Schneider
Editor-in-Chief, FCW and GCN

The Willard InterContinental Hotel

Via Metro

The Federal Triangle Metro stop (orange/blue lines) is 2 blocks away and the Metro Center metro stop (red line) is three blocks away, both within walking distance of the hotel.

Via Driving

The Willard Hotel offers valet parking at the main entrance on Pennsylvania Ave NW. The hotel public parking entrance is located on F Street NW behind the Willard Hotel, between 14th Street NW and 15th Street NW. There are additional public garages on F Street NW and at the National Press Building, with two entrances on 13th Street NW. Please note that the lots fill up early, so allow extra time.

Please note: Parking is not included with your registration.

CPE Credits are available for the Workshop: DevOps: Accelerating Development for Mission Success.

In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, CPE credits have been granted based on a 50-minute hour.

Program Level: Basic with no pre-requisites required

Delivery Method: Group Live, Specialized Knowledge and Application, Registration # 137543

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