Heard at the Summit...
"We come from different parts of the country but are united in our commitment to providing NASA the finest IT and use of technology to enable our mission. With President Obama's new initiative for space exploration, we must be able to overcome the challenges that lie ahead."
—Linda Cureton, CIO, NASA
"...[I]n the Obama administration, we're focusing on how to turn around how we're spending money to make sure that the projects are providing dividends for the American people. The first thing is that we launched the IT dashboard within 60 days. There are a number of accomplishments that move us closer to making sure that we have a higher statistical likelihood that projects will deliver. When we launched the dashboard, it was a huge shift. We moved from an environment that was closed, opaque, to an environment that became transparent, open. The challenge was shining light on over $76 billion on IT investments."
—Vivek Kundra, CIO of the United States
"NASA has been very successful, precisely because its scientific missions have been mission-centric—managed in a mission-centric way, focused. However, in the IT department, one of the missions of IT is to support all of those scientific missions. You are an infrastructure. That means, in many cases, designing and building systems that are multimission in nature. So one of the key points I hope you will take away from my presentation is that designing communication and information infrastructure architectures must be viewed from a multimission point of view because you have to persist over many different missions."
—Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
"...[T]he applications marketplace is changing radically. The end game is very interesting. First off, we will get to something called applications components as a service, where I won't buy an ERP [Enterprise Resource Planning] system, but bits and pieces of systems, and use them when I need them. That happens today…. But that's not the ultimate endgame, the ultimate endgame is applications will go away."
—James Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell Services
"It's critical to realize that cyberspace is a central nervous system of today's advanced economics. The global information and communications infrastructures are highly interconnected across borders and jurisdictions and threats to all legitimate activities in cyberspace are global and transnational in nature."
—Mark Bregman, Chief Technology Officer, Symantec
"The PC era is over. It's 1981 again! What the heck do you mean by that, Dave? What I mean is in 1981, the IBM personal computer was released. That was an ignition point. From 1981 all the way up to the present, we had the PC era. It wasn't just about individual PCs—it changed the way we talked about computing. I would even say getting into the Internet and the web was a way of linking these systems together. When we start looking at mobile computing, we're seeing another change in the market place. We're now shifting to a mobile environment, an embedded system model being the focal point."
—David W. Cearley, Vice President and Gartner Fellow in Research, Gartner, Inc.
Videos of many of the IT Summit speakers can be viewed here.
Headlines from the Summit
"NASA Aims To Be Government's 'Best IT Organization,'"
"Kundra Challenges Feds To Spend Smarter on IT,"
"IT Chief Could Shift Funds for Agencies' Internal Tech Projects,"
"NASA Sets Its Sights on Off-loading IT Functions and Boosting Security,"
"NASA in Position To Foster Global Cybersecurity,"
"Bolden Comments on Employees, Contractors at NASA IT Summit,"
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