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Federal Forum Aims to Change Conversation on Networking

Achieving agency missions becomes harder and more complex every minute. But with less money in the budget, many agencies are stuck between the need to deliver new services and the cost of supporting old infrastructure. To break the cycle of dependence on proprietary systems and endless service contracts, agencies need simpler, widely compatible network infrastructure that empowers IT and accelerates mission performance.

What is at the forum?

Hear insights at the Federal Forum on how organizations can change the conversation and bring networks to the forefront of agency modernization. Both government and industry experts will create meaningful conversations applicable to everyone in government service. Sessions will cover topics such as the following: ‘Achieving a 21st-Century Government Network’ ‘Enabling Government Transformation’ and ‘The Future is Now: Software-Defined Networks.’

Who will be speaking?

The luncheon keynote will be Terry Halvorsen, CIO of the Department of Defense. He will be joined alongside several other CIO’s across the federal network and multiple leaders in the private sector.

Here’s a description on two morning sessions I think sound particularly interesting:

Track A

Transformation: Making Budgets Work For, Not Against, Innovation

“As one positive side effect of Sequestration, Federal agencies are increasingly comfortable using flexible budgeting to achieve the mission. When it comes to IT, how can agencies harness operating and capital funds differently to make a real difference? More importantly, what are the tools and precedents for making your current budget an asset for enabling real change in your agency?”*

Track B

Technology: The New Network Architecture- Built IT Right

“As government moves toward more integrated IT environments, a network that supports open, innovative business processes and increasingly high bandwidth applications is critical. Architecture requirements are changing rapidly – hierarchical platforms currently in place in many agencies aren’t providing the scalability, speed, storage, or agility required to implement cloud, Big Data, and other virtualized or analytical services. There’s just not enough flexibility in the current network system to make the leap that transformation requires – but that’s about to change.”*

Why attend?

The time to create change is now. Federal networks need to keep pace with the lightening speed of Federal IT. If we want to modernize methods of communication and data management then a holistic approach to improvement is necessary. The Federal Forum will discuss how organizations can alter the network conversation.

CPE Credits: Attendees become eligible to receive 4.5 credits

When is it?

August 13, 2014 from 8:15am-2:45pm with registration beginning at 7:00am

Where will it be held?

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC

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*-Description taken from Federal Forum website

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