Wrap-up: 2011 Red Hat Government Symposium


More than 300 leaders from government and industry discussed how federal agencies can best implement the Office of Management and Budget’s 25-Point Plan to Reform Federal IT at the Red Hat Government Symposium, held Wednesday at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

The event was moderated by Red Hat Public Sector Vice President and General Manager Paul Smith and included an opening keynote from Red Hat Executive Vice President and President of Global Sales for Services and Field Marketing Alex Pinchev.


Department of Veterans Affairs Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Chief Technology Officer Peter Levin gave an open source keynote, followed by Amazon Web Services Business Development Principal Thomas Nguy, who discussed change management within federal healthcare.

U.S. Army Major General Nick Justice, Commanding General of RDECOM and APG, further discussed open source, keeping attendees on their feet by calling on random attendees to talk about different aspects of open source.

Federal Deputy Chief Technology Officer Chris Vein discussed the importance of open source to open government with Red Hat Public Sector Chief Technology Strategist Gunnar Hellekson, which was followed by a keynote from Carahsoft President Craig Abod.

Attendees then broke off into breakout sessions. The first session included “The Importance of Open Source to Cloud Strategy,” “Red Hat PaaS: The Full Scoop” and an update on federal government cloud computing.

The second breakout session discussed cloud best practices, implementing open source solutions in federal agencies and an IaaS update.


The event concluded with a general session featuring Harris Cyber Integrated Solutions Director of Strategic Alliances Brad Truesdell sharing cloud computing success stories and Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Chief Technology Officer Wolf Tombe discussing lowering the cost of government with IT.

The event was produced by FedScoop and sponsored by Carahsoft, Intel, HP, Vizuri, Emergent, GC Micro, DLT Solutions, Collabnet, AugustSchell, Enterprise DB, BMC Software, Shadow-Soft, RTI by OC Systems, Acquia and SugarCRM.

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