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Download this eBook to learn what you missed at FCW’s Face-to-Face event held on November 17, 2015.

Since the Office of Management and Budget first announced its "Cloud First" policy in 2010, agencies across government have been testing the cloud, developing new IT processes, and upgrading their existing infrastructure to make their operations cloud-ready.

In many respects, the Cloud First policy has achieved its goal, providing agencies with evidence that the cloud makes it possible to deliver information and services to users working anywhere, anytime and with any device. But these initial forays also revealed the need for new policies and strategies to support the adoption of cloud as a core platform of agency IT operations.

In the eBook, cloud pioneers from across government discuss the road ahead, with a focus on how agencies can move beyond the Cloud First mindset and begin to see the full benefits of cloud computing.

Topics addressed include:

  • Key cloud policies and their ramification for agency operations
  • Insights into significant cloud strategies at the defense and civilian agencies
  • An update on the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and its evolution

Key policies included:

  • NIST’s Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap
  • Department of Commerce Cloud Computing policy
  • DOD Cloud Way Forward
  • GSA Cloud IT Services

Featured Speakers:

  • Robert Bohn
  • Cloud Computing Program Manager & Reference Architecture Lead, Advanced Network Technologies Division, Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), National Institute of Standards and Technology
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    NIST Information Technology Laboratory Robert Bohn, of the Advanced Network Technologies Division in NIST/ITL, serves as Program Manager and Reference Architecture Lead for the NIST Cloud Computing Program. In these roles, he manages and coordinates the goals and strategy of the program and also works with industrial, academic and other government stakeholders to develop a high-level vendor neutral reference architecture and taxonomy under the NIST Strategy for Developing a US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap. This architecture will be used as a frame of reference to facilitate communication, illustrate and understand how clouds services and components fit together.

    Previously, Bob served as the Technical Coordinator for the High End Computing Interagency Working Group (HEC-IWG) and Human-Computer Interaction and Information Management Coordinating Group (HCI&IM CG) at National Coordination Office of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD). In this role, he reported on USG agency activity and investments in these component areas to OSTP in the President’s Annual Budget Supplement.

    He was a recipient of a National Science Foundation fellowship at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, received Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in Physical Chemistry from the University of Virginia, a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University School of Business and Public Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois.

  • David Cotton
  • Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise, Department of Defense
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    Mr. David A. Cotton is a member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise, responsible for integrating DoD policy and guidance to create information advantages for Department personnel, organizations, and DoD mission partners. In this role, Mr. Cotton’s focus is to provide the leadership, strategy, and guidance to adopt a Joint Information Enterprise (JIE) based on a single, secure, reliable DoD-wide IT architecture, and key enabling enterprise capabilities.

    Mr. Cotton served in the US Air Force for 29 years with successful senior management experience in Defense cyber, telecommunications, and information technology. In his final military assignment he served as the Air Force Chief Information Officer’s Director of Cyberspace Operations, the Air Force IT Efficiencies Strategist collaborating with the Department of Defense CIO leadership on the precursor to the Joint Information Environment, the Air Force Senior Information Assurance Officer, and the Functional Manager for the Air Force’s 44,000-person Cyberspace Operations & Communications Career Field. Four times he served as the CIO and Director of Command, Control, Communications, & Computers for a military headquarters: U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany; U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia; U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida; and Joint Task Force – Southwest Asia.

    Immediately after retiring as a Brigadier General from the US Air Force in 2011, Mr. Cotton was appointed a Vice President at TASC, Inc., in Chantilly, Virginia, and lead for their Cyber Center of Excellence. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; a Master of Arts in computer data and personnel management from Webster University, St Louis, Missouri; and a Master of Arts in strategic studies from the U.S. Air Force Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He is also a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto, Ontario; and has completed executive development courses at the US Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia; The Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, North Carolina; and The University of Virginia Darden School of Business Executive Education program, Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • John E. Hale
  • Chief, Enterprise Applications, Defense Information Systems Agency
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    Mr. Hale is responsible for coordinating all DISA cloud activities, reducing barriers for DoD Mission Partners to leverage cloud initiatives, and for providing future strategy and direction on DISA cloud efforts.

    Previously Mr. Hale served as the Chief of Enterprise Services for DISA where he was responsible for a host of enterprise services, including DoD Enterprise Email, DoD Enterprise Portal Service, and Defense Connect Online. Enterprise Applications provided a diverse portfolio of capabilities to the Department of Defense (DoD) that enhanced operational effectiveness, cross-organizational collaboration, and cyber-security.

    Originally from Decatur, Alabama, Mr. Hale is a graduate from The University of Maryland, University College. Prior to his civilian service, he served 8 years in the United States Air Force and 11 years in the commercial sector. Mr. Hale started his civilian service with the Director of National Intelligence and moved to the Defense Information Systems Agency in 2009.

  • John Hamilton
  • FedRAMP Program Manager for Operations
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    John Hamilton serves as the FedRAMP Program Manager for Operations. In this role, John oversees much of the FedRAMP PMO research and development work and is responsible for facilitating the full implementation of the FedRAMP Forward 2 Year Strategic Plan released in December 2014. He also works to ensure that all of the lessons learned from the FedRAMP Review and Approve (R&A) process are fully incorporated in the guidance documents, trainings, and materials available for all FedRAMP stakeholders. John previously worked for Accenture Federal Services and Booz Allen Hamilton and has extensive experience in working to improve program efficiencies. He brings a wealth of systems security engineering knowledge through working on PKI rollouts at DOL and mobility policy development/enforcement at DOD.

  • Dan Kent
  • Chief Technology Officer, Cisco US Public Sector
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    Mr. Kent is the Director of Solutions & Chief Technology Officer for Cisco Systems’ Federal Organization. In this role, he is responsible for delivering new products and solutions to the Federal market. Working with partners, this group delivers technologies and solutions around cloud computing, smart buildings, cybersecurity and collaboration to Cisco’s customers. Prior to this role, he served 5 years as the Director of Systems Engineering for Cisco Federal leading a team of 175 engineers focused on the design and deployment of integrated, enterprise communication and network platforms.

    Mr. Kent has worked in the Federal communications field for over 20 years. Mr. Kent’s prior positions include ten years at Nortel Networks as the Director of Federal Engineering and as a senior consulting engineer for Network Solutions, Inc.

    Mr. Kent is a graduate of the University of Maine where he received a Bachelor’s Degree and holds a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

  • James Soliday
  • Sr. Manager, DLT Operations Center
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    Having been with DLT Solutions for over eight years , James has spearheaded the growth of the Consulting, Pre-sales , and Service Center teams. With over 14 years of experience as an IT consultant, Manager, and Solutions Architect, James is well versed in the storage systems, cloud solutions, and Service Center policies. His credentials include NetApp NCIE-SAN, Amazon Web Services Solution Architect, and Symantec certifications. James hold a MBA in Management Information Systems (MBA-MIS).

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