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Data Center Optimization – Past is Prologue - GITEC and AFFIRM Event - September 16, 2010

posted Aug 11, 2010, 5:29 AM by John Sullivan


GITEC in collaboration with AFFIRM presents a luncheon and educational symposium


Data Center Optimization – Past is Prologue
Best Practices for Business Driven Data Centers


Over 15 years ago, the Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC), then known as the Federal Data Center Directors Council (FDCDC), an association of the federal data center managers, researched and wrote a white paper on the hot topic of the day, "data center consolidation."  This paper was impetus to successfully and to unsuccessfully consolidate data centers during that time. 


Today, Data Center Optimization encompasses more than data center consolidation.  Government programs and the associated business needs should drive IT changes to increase agencies’ efficiencies.  Many federal agencies are using this model including   VA, DHS and Treasury with some success. 


Please come join GITEC and AFFIRM (Association for Federal Information Resource Management) as we partner to gain insight from government, former government, and industry leaders about how we can optimize federal data centers by effectively managing organizational change, and how we can successfully architect and implement new technologies.



Suggested Agenda & Panels:


September 16, 2010


The Hamilton Crowne Plaza Washington, DC
1001 14th Street, NW (14th & K)

Washington, DC 20005

11:30-12:00:  Registration


12:00 – 12:30:  Welcome & Invite to Lunch Buffet - Joe Klimavicz, CIO NOAA (President GITEC) & Darren Ash, NRC (Vice President, AFFIRM)


12:30 – 1:45    Panel 1:  Business Driving Data Center Optimization - What Works – What Doesn’t When Managing Change? 

·         Panel will discuss best practices to optimization, roadblocks they overcame or avoided.  Is history repeating itself from 15 years ago – will there be limited success or mass appeal to moving to a business driven data center, a private or public cloud, a revamped fee for service/Center of Excellence model.  Is the federal government ready?  Are the business drivers strong enough?  Do mandates work?


Moderator:  Amy Morris, Federal News Radio – Peg (confirmed)


DHS: Margie Graves or Mike Brown – Leslie (invited  Richard Spires, he copied both
        Margie and Mike in his response as he has a schedule conflict)

VA:  Charlie de Sanno – Leslie (confirmed)

DISA:  Alfred Rivera – Sarah Jane (confirming schedule)

SSA:  Jim Strickler – Ben Moses (invited)


1:45-2:00:        Break




2:00 – 3:15      Panel 2:  Architecting the Business Solutions

·         Panel will discuss the models that they have used or are looking at for crafting the right business solution.  Questions such as buy v. lease, private v. public cloud, security v. transparency, performance requirements.  Where do the technologists fit in v. business owners?  Move to a new center or refit the old?  Where do network providers fit in the mix?  How do you contract to meet the business requirements? 


Moderator: John Ortego (former GSA, USDA-NFC) – Leslie/Wanda (confirming schedule)


Treasury:  Raghav Vajjhala, EA or CTO – Neiland

DOJ:  Mark Hamilton – confirmed

NASA:  Linda Cureton/Deborah Diaz/Chris Kemp - Ivette

NIH:  Adriane Burton - confirmed

3:15 – 3:30      Break


3:30 – 4:45      Panel 3:  Managing Implementation for Business Success

·         Panel will discuss the metrics needed to make implementation work, the organizational change management that needs to take place to ensure success?  How do you avoid the WEBE (we be here when you got here, we be here when you’re gone) syndrome?


Moderator: Roy Friend, former FTRB & DOC, past-GITEC Pres. – Leslie (LM trying to locate)


IRS:   Tony McMahon -- Adriane – (awaiting approval --assist from Peter Gallagher)

FBI:  Carlo Lucchesi assisting to get right player – Leslie – (Dan Dubree initially declined, still
in play with Dave Schlosser working)

FAA:  Larry Grossman – Leslie (confirmed)

State:  Charlie Wisecarver – Leslie (confirmed with public affairs, Steve Aguzin)


4:45 – 6:00      Cocktail Reception



GITEC Committee:     Adriane Burton, NIH; Chair, Mark Hamilton, DOJ; Dave Zeppieri, OPIC;

Joe Klimavicz, NOAA; Leslie Barry, GTSI; Ivette Granier-Smith, PPC;

Sarah Jane League, GBS


AFFIRM Committee:              Carol Montoya, PMR; Deirdre Murray, Qwest; Peter Gallagher, Unisys;

Gary Washington, USDA-NRCS; Alex Koudry, GSA; Peg Hosky, Hosky



Lead Responsibilities:          Venue & Logistics:       AFFIRM

                                                Program:                      GITEC

                                                Publicity:                      Joint effort

                                                Sponsorship:               GITEC




Each sponsor receives a tabletop & promotion in advertising:


Platinum:  $5000 (1) – 4 to the event, priority seating – SOLD OUT (Netapp)

Reception Sponsor $3000 (1) – 3 to event, priority seating -

Gold:  $2500 (2-4) – 2 to the event, priority seating – 2 sold (CDW and VMWare)

Silver:  $1000 (3-5) – 1 to the event, priority seating – 1 sold (BDNA)

In Kind (Gold): Programs for Event – Rock Creek

GITEC Summit 2011

posted Jul 13, 2010, 12:03 PM by GITEC Administrator

Conference: March 6-9, 2011

Exposition: March 7-8, 2011


The GITEC Summit (formerly Information Processing Interagency Conference) is the premier forum for government leaders, industry and academia to share ideas, challenges and successes surrounding the implementation, management and use of Information Technology.

Key focus areas for the conference include:

  • What are the biggest challenges for the largest upcoming projects
  • What new technologies can be helpful
  • What new Program Management Techniques can be useful to move initiatives to implementation
  • Engaging the millennial (Generation Y)
Earn CEUs
Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)—Education, training and information sharing between Government and Industry Executives is the goal of the GITEC Summit. The conference promises to provide a venue that encourages this type of learning. Sessions on Program Management, New Technologies, Career Development, Social Networking Tools (and more) will count toward CEUs for certifications.


The Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) is a council of senior-level government executives organized to support the delivery of high-quality and cost-effective IT services to their customers. Current information on the GITEC mission, membership, board of directors, charter, publications, awards and other pertinent facts are available at www.gitec.org.

GITEC was formed to provide an open forum and avenues through which senior-level government and industry executives can share and collaborate on IT innovations, challenges and successes. GITEC has organized and structured an impressive array of initiatives focusing on vital, timely issues affecting the direction and future of IT, including executive seminars, workgroups, summits, committees and the annual conference, the GITEC Summit.


The conference is attended by approximately 800 federal government and senior-level industry IT executives. This includes government representatives with the following titles: SESs, CIOs, CTOs and IT Program Managers.


To learn about opportunities for sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising at this event click on the link below to view or download the Exhibitor Prospectus.

Exhibitor Prospectus


For a listing of key conference contacts click below.

Click Here

GITEC Summit 2011

posted Jul 13, 2010, 11:56 AM by GITEC Administrator   [ updated Jul 13, 2010, 12:03 PM ]

Conference: March 6-9, 2011

Exposition: March 7-8, 2011

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