"The 13th Annual Illinois Digital Government Summit will be a unique opportunity for IT leaders to engage colleagues, thought leaders and top vendors on a vast range of timely subjects. Governments at the State and local level are adapting dramatically to meet the needs of a 21st Century society, making Information Technology critically important to the leadership of every state or local government. The centrality of Information Technology to every aspect of government operations makes participating in forums such as this essential."
- Sean Vinck, Chief Information Officer, State of Illinois "For IT managers and CIOs working in Illinois public sector, this is the one conference all year that you can't afford to miss. The Illinois Digital Government Summit is a great place to learn about innovative new technologies and strategies, to network with your peers, and to be inspired by great guest speakers."
- Greg Wass, Chief Information Officer, Cook County, Illinois
John Garing is a Vice President of ViON Corporation of Washington, DC. Prior to joining ViON, he was a Principal Consultant with Suss Consulting. Until June, 2010, he was the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Director for Strategic Planning and Information. He supported the DISA Director in decision making, strategy development, and funding and resource allocations for an $8 billion budget. He was also DISA's Chief Information Officer exercising CIO authorities for both internal systems and enterprise services for the DoD. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Garing led DISA's Defense Enterprise Computing Centers, DoD's 18 major data centers serving 5 million customers as a $700 million business in the Defense Working Capital Fund. He pioneered utility computing and developed innovative financing of data processing with acquisition of commodity-based, capacity on demand processing and storage as managed services rather than as capital assets. Prior to returning to federal service in 1997, Mr. Garing worked in the private sector for eight years. Mr. Garing enjoyed a 24 year career in the United States Air Force in telecommunications and IT retiring in the grade of colonel.