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CTOs Bring Cloud Savvy to Federal Government

Today kicks off the BSA CTO Forum — an annual series of meetings between private sector chief technology officers and their counterparts in the federal government and policymakers on Capitol Hill.  I view this year’s forum as the “Davos” of cloud computing. We are bringing together the best private and public sector technologists to discuss how cloud solutions can help increase government efficiency and results.

One of our fundamental beliefs at BSA is that the private sector and government can accomplish much more together — on everything from cybersecurity to IP theft — than we can individually.  The CTO Forum allows key leaders from the government and corporate worlds to come together on the issues that touch us both.  This year, cloud computing is our key theme.

We’ll cover important ground in our meetings — including sharing private sector experience to help the government make smart decisions when choosing cloud solutions, discussing the US government’s role in protecting innovation and security in the cloud, and, ultimately, the role we all play in building government, corporate, and consumer trust in fast emerging cloud solutions.

The CTOs and I will be sharing a decision guide we’ve developed to help federal chief information officers decide when and how to move their organizations’ into the cloud.  Our guide covers both the planning and implementation phases, and includes every step from budgeting, to procurement protocols, to educating personnel and management.  I encourage you to take a look. (A Decision Guide for Federal CIOs)

Joining me for these important discussions are CTOs from some of the leading technology companies in the world, include Kia Behnia, BMC; Mark Bregman, Symantec; Don Ferguson, CA Technologies; Michael Fulkerson, Rosetta Stone; Nikolay Grebennikov, Kaspersky Lab; Tom Malloy, Adobe Systems; Dr. David F. McQueeney, IBM; Craig Mundie, Microsoft; Raj Nathan, Sybase; Dr. Phyllis A. Schneck, McAfee; Bhupinder Singh, Bentley Systems; Charles Snellgrove, Minitab; and Jim Stikeleather, Dell.

Our schedule is a busy one.  We will be meeting with Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine); Jeffrey Zients, chief performance officer and acting director of OMB; Vivek Kundra, CIO for the US government; Aneesh Chopra, the first ever federal government CTO; Patrick Gallagher and his team from NIST; White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt; David McClure from GSA; and Daniel Weitzner from NTIA.

I’ll report back in the coming days to share more on our meetings.

Robert Holleyman

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As President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance from 1990 until April 2013, Robert Holleyman long served as the chief advocate for the global software industry. Before leaving BSA to start his own venture, Cloud4Growth, Holleyman led the most successful anti-piracy program in the history of any industry, driving down software piracy rates in markets around the world.

Named one of the 50 most influential people in the intellectual property world, he was instrumental in putting into place the global policy framework that today protects software under copyright law. A widely respected champion for open markets, Holleyman also was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, the principal advisory committee for the US government on trade matters.

Holleyman was a leader in industry efforts to establish the legal framework necessary for cloud-computing technologies to flourish. He was an early proponent for policies that promote deployment of security technologies to build public trust and confidence in cyberspace. And he created a highly regarded series of forums for industry executives and policymakers to exchange points of view and forge agreements on the best ways to spur technology advances and promote economic growth.

Before heading BSA, Holleyman was a counselor and legislative adviser in the United States Senate, an attorney in private practice, and a judicial clerk in US District Court. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, a J.D. from Louisiana State University, and has completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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