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Government CTO Summit: Data Center Trends Emerge

Government Technology Magazine hosted an invitation only CTO Summit for government CIOs and CTOs on April 14-15.  This year's focus was "Data ...

by / April 26, 2009

Government Technology Magazine hosted an invitation only CTO Summit for government CIOs and CTOs on April 14-15.  This year's focus was "Data Center Management in Challenging Fiscal Times." You can learn quite a bit about what we discussed by just looking at the day and a half agenda

 A few quick tidbits: attendance was down to approximately 35 attendees due to travel restrictions in many states. Several state and city leaders dropped-out at the last minute. Nevertheless, the discussions and networking opportunities were outstanding, with state CIOs like Ken Theis from Michigan and Steve Fletcher from Utah as well as large city CIOs like Chris Vein from San Francisco. 

The opening keynote from Paul W. Taylor was excellent. It was entitled: "Stimulating, Smart Sustainable and Sticky: The four Corners of Your Next IT Strategy." Paul's Slides are available online  and his Renovation Nation blog is worth visiting. Paul has a unique way of bringing trends together in logical ways to help IT leaders think through what they are doing and where they are going. He made it clear that the Homeland Security funding spigot is closing while the stimulus spending channel is opening (see page 7). The government leaders that can demonstrate how different programs can work together (like Health IT and broadband networks) will have an advantage.

 The next session on building data centers, entitled: "Building the Next Glass House" revealed fascinating trends and perspectives from three different state/local governments.  From available federal tax breaks to the density of server power, all three presenters offered political and technical barriers and solutions. It was clear that building a new green data center (locally) is a hot issue around all over country. (More on this in a future blog.)

Later sessions focused on consolidation, security, and even an open, honest "off-the-record" dialogue on tough issues. But my point to writing this blog is rather simple. First, talk to others around the country about your infrastructure plans and strategies. Many of us are dealing with the exact same issues in these tough budget times. Second, check out Paul's keynote, he has plenty to offer.

Last, the Government Technology Magazine CTO Summit offers an excellent relationship-building opportunites that pay off for your government. This was my first year, but I hope to be back next year. Plan to attend as well, or at least visit the Digital Government Summits planned for your city in 2009.  

Any other thoughts from those who attended? What was your biggest take-away?        





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Dan Lohrmann Chief Security Officer & Chief Strategist at Security Mentor Inc.

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author.

During his distinguished career, he has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, receiving numerous national awards including: CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.
Lohrmann led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 to August 2014, including enterprisewide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan.

He currently serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Strategist for Security Mentor Inc. He is leading the development and implementation of Security Mentor’s industry-leading cyber training, consulting and workshops for end users, managers and executives in the public and private sectors. He has advised senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA), National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and nonprofit institutions.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, beginning his career with the National Security Agency. He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US/UK military facility.

Lohrmann is the author of two books: Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD for You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. He has been a keynote speaker at global security and technology conferences from South Africa to Dubai and from Washington, D.C., to Moscow.

He holds a master's degree in computer science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a bachelor's degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

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