Rising Stars

Tanusree McCabe

Tanusree McCabe is the person to call when you need to make nearly two dozen wildly different agencies publicly embrace a common sense of purpose.

As a senior manager at Blackstone Technology Group, McCabe manages a portfolio of cloud-based projects at the departments of Homeland Security and Agriculture. Blackstone hired her three years ago as a lead analyst/engineer to assist with DHS' move to cloud services. Although Blackstone knew that bringing Web content management as a service to DHS' 22 component agencies would save money, it was also clear just how difficult it would be to bring a coherent public face to all those agencies.

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To date, the company said nearly a dozen DHS websites have migrated to the platform, for significant cost reductions. McCabe is now working with other agencies to help them achieve similar benefits from cloud services.

"Tanu quickly built relationships with each of the stakeholder groups by actively listening to their needs and incorporating ideas into the enterprise solution," said Erin McCants Parker, a senior director at Blackstone. "She did this in a way that demonstrated her understanding of what made them unique yet still connected them to the enterprise. Her ability to simultaneously advocate for an enterprise-level perspective and address individual needs was a critical factor in the overall success."

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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