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The big FOSE trade show is coming up this week.

Yes, yes, FOSE is owned by the 1105 Government Information Group -- the second year that FOSE will be an 1105 Media show -- but even when the FOSE trade show was owned by WashingtonPost Tech Media, we were there. Why? Because FOSE really is a community experience -- it is the only place where there are 20,000 of our closest friends gather in a single place.

So this may sound like a FOSE ad, but... there are several things that I'm really looking forward to seeing and hearing at the Washington Convention Center over the next few days.

There have been changes as a result of the joint ownership. I now get to join the FOSE advisory board meetings to get some insights about the planning of the program. And actually I'm quite impressed with what they are trying to do. I think the FOSE team is doing a very good job of trying to get the trade show to evolve with the times -- to ensure it is relevant.

One of the big changes this year is that they have added an entire FOSE conference. The FOSE team has worked with the USDA Graduate School so that feds can earn education credits for attending sessions. More information about the conference can be found here. In addition, the 1105 Government Information Group's Federal Employee News Digest has paired with DC's Federal News Radio to offer a Federal Benefits Rodeo at FOSE. Mike Causey will be there. The first session had to be moved into a bigger room because so many signed up.

So... if you want to stalk me, here is where I will be...

* Tuesday... The FOSE team has come up with an interesting set of keynote presenters. (Info on all the keynotes can be found here.) It kicks off on Tuesday with David Girouard, who is vice president and general manager of Google Enterprise. FCW ran a Q&A with him in February.

FCW: What motivates organizations to sign up for Google Apps?
Girouard: First of all, it’s about capability. It’s a set of tools that allows people to work toget her much more productively and quickly, whether they are in the same building or spread around the world, whether they speak the same language or speak different languages.

The raw capabilities of these Web-based tools to allow people to work together as a team is the crux of what’s good. From a Google perspective, it is always about information access.

The whole model of [Internet] cloud computing where the functionality and the data is stored in the cloud and you can access from anywhere - and, by the way, all your colleagues can access from anywhere — really opens up a set of things we’re only beginning to discover.

That, to me, is the big thing, but of course the No. 2 reason is cost. This stuff costs about a tenth of what it costs for the traditional [licensing] model. There’s nothing to install, no data center to worry about, no software on the client to manage.

That is a very powerful solution for organizations that have tight IT budgets. They have a bunch of other problems they need to solve that are specific to their agency.

Following Girouard, FOSE features
Scott McNealy, chairman and co-founder of Sun Microsystems and chairman of Sun Microsystems Federal, who will be talking about open source.

Tuesday evening, I get to attend the 2008 Azimuth Awards. The Azimuth Awards are presented by the CIO Council and they highlight the lifetime achievement of two individuals in both the public and private sector. Last year, the winners were Glenn Schlarman, the former chief of the Office of Management and Budget's Information Policy and Technology Branch, and Marc Andreesen, chairman of Opsware and co-Founder of Ning, a consumer Internet company, and co-founder of Netscape Communications Corporation. History coming back because I actually covered the first Azimuth Award presentation. The award went to John A. Koskinen, who was heading up the Y2K efforts, and Milton E. Cooper, president of Computer Science Corp.’s federal-sector division. I actually covered the second annual award too, when Attorney General Janet Reno and Government Technology Services Inc. chairman Dendy Young were recognized. As you can see, I was working for Government Computer News at the time. Then, when I joined FCW, PostNewsweek Tech Media didn't let us come to the awards presentation.

* Wednesday... Keynote by NYT technology columnist David Pogue... 9a at the Washington Convention Center. I actually get to do the intro for Pogue. I have seen Pogue speak several times now -- at FCW's CIO Summit last year and most recently at GITEC's IPIC 2008. (If you want to try out some cool technology, read this post from the Summit... My blog post from his IPIC presentation are here... everything FCW has written is here.) As I say, I have seen Pogue several times and each presentation is very unique. And you really have to hear him play his piano on stage -- popular songs with new lyrics that are all tech related. It really has to be heard.

Then, after the Pogue keynote, I will be moderating a panel on Web 2.0.

TRACK 2 - Applying Technology to Transform Government Operations
Session 2-3
Web 2.0 Technologies: Real-World Applications for the Public Sector
10:15AM - 11:15AM
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

What attendees will learn:
An introduction to Web 2.0, including blogs, Wikis, mashups, podcasts, and other useful resources
How government agencies are applying Web 2.0 technologies, including the FTC, Dept. of Defense, Dept. of State, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and NOAA
How Web 2.0 can facilitate communication within public sector organizations
Best practices for sharing content securely with other institutions and available collaboration tools

On the panel, we have
* Don Burke, Intellipedia Doyen, Directorate of Science and Technology, Central Intelligence Agency
* Sean Dennehy, Chief Intellipedia Development, Directorate of Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency
* Sharon Fratta-Hill, PhD, Dean of Information Technology and Distance Education, USDA Graduate School
* John Thompson, Associate Professor, Buffalo State College
* James Till, Chief Marketing Officer, Xythos Software

In our preparatory conference call, we agreed that nobody will be using PowerPoint slides. We're going to keep it interactive and Web 2.0-ish. So, if you wondered what this is all about, this is your chance to hear it from the people who do it.

* Thursday... The keynote speaker is Dr. Steven Squyres, ccientific principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rovers on Thursday, April 3 starting at 9a. He'll be talking about "The Art of the Possible: Using Technology to Exceed Expectations." I got to see Squyres speak a few years ago at FCW's CIO Summit and he turned me into a Mars Rover groupie. (I have pulled a bunch of Mars rover links together at del.icio.us/cdorobek/marsrover, including the interview FCW did with him... and my original 2006 blog post from the Summit. The rovers are nothing short of amazing little robots -- and an amazing government project. The fact is that the rover team simply had to be ready on time or else they missed the window of opportunity to get to Mars. No readjusting the schedule. They are also amazing because they were supposed to tour mars for 90 days. Spirit and Opportunity are now in their fourth year. Squyres will give you whole new insights into how these robots work, what we have learned, and why this stuff matters.

Finally, on Thursday, while it isn't associated with FOSE, I will be attending AFFIRM's forum, Web 2.0: The Myths, the Realities, the Opportunities.

All and all, a busy week. Hope to see you at FOSE.

Posted by Christopher J. Dorobek on Apr 01, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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