Eliminating the cultural barrier to innovative acquisition
April 27, 2015
For innovative acquisition to really spread, groups must empower a cadre of federal acquisition professionals accustomed to buying IT in traditional ways to change.
Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. chief technology officer, has found a new way to stay involved in government. Apigee announced Friday Chopra is joining its advisory board to give guidance as the company expands into new markets, including a new office in Washington, D.C.
The new office opened in response to a greater need to help agencies as they work to meet the Obama administration’s digital government strategy and use more APIs to unlock data, according to Apigee.
"Organizations in both the public and private sector must find new ways to use data and technology to interact with the customers and constituencies they serve," Chopra said in a release. "I welcome the opportunity to be an adviser to Apigee, a company that is helping organizations across industries embrace digital strategies to succeed."
Chopra served as the nation's first CTO from 2009 to 2012, and was brought on to bring up the government’s use of technology up to speed. During his time at the White House, Chopra helped design the president's National Wireless Initiative and defined Internet policy principles. He also led the implementation of the administration's open government strategy.
“Having served as the first CTO of the U.S., Aneesh will be an invaluable adviser to Apigee, providing counsel on areas for growth in both public and regulated sectors," Apigee CEO Chet Kapoor said.