Panel Discussion

A panel of distinguished leaders from academia and industry will share their experiences with enabling enterprise transformation in government and private sectors, in the age of cloud computing.


Greg Bateman, Senior Director for Acquisition Programs, Policy and Strategy, Microsoft Federal


Greg Bateman is the Senior Director for Acquisition Programs, Policy and Strategy at Microsoft Federal.  Greg’s organization has responsibility for strategy and future development of Microsoft’s business and relationships with the federal government, with an emphasis on emergent technologies such as cloud computing. 
A 16 year veteran of Microsoft, Greg has previously led Microsoft’s Joint DoD business unit and served as the program manager for Microsoft’s role in the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) program and lead for the USMC business.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Greg worked at Oracle Federal. 
Greg is an alumnus of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland with a Masters of Business Administration degree. 

Jerry Johnston, Ph.D., Geospatial Information Officer, US Department of the Interior


Jerry Johnston is Geospatial Information Officer at the US Department of the Interior.  In this role, Dr. Johnston leads DOI’s efforts to coordinate and implement geospatial technology across the Department to meet a wide range of mission goals.  This includes providing a vision for geospatial interoperability throughout the enterprise, as well as guidance and perspective on opportunities for adopting place-based approaches more broadly across Departmental lines of business.  Dr. Johnston joined DOI in 2012.  Prior to that, Dr. Johnston was with the Environmental Protection Agency, most recently serving as the Agency’s Geospatial Information Officer.  Prior to his work at EPA, he served as the Director of Midwest Technical Operations for Image Matters LLC of Leesburg, VA, a small business focused on the development of geospatial semantics and interoperability solutions for a diverse set of customers.  Additionally, Dr. Johnston was previously Executive Vice President of Pangaea Information Technologies of Chicago, IL, a provider of geospatial information management products and services to both public and private sector clients.  Dr. Johnston holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Michigan State University as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, and serves as the Vice Chair of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC).

Lydia Leong, Research VP, Gartner


Lydia Leong is a Research VP in the Technology and Service Provider group at Gartner. Her coverage is focused on cloud computing, particularly infrastructure as a service (IaaS), along with data centers, hosting, content delivery networks (CDNs) and Internet infrastructure services. Because cloud computing is reshaping the IT landscape, her research covers a broad range of topics related to the transformation of IT organizations, data centers and technology providers. She works primarily with IT organizations, but also produces strategic and quantitative research targeted at service providers, vendors and investors. She was Gartner's Analyst of the Year in 2010. Read more.

Michael Liebow, Managing Director, Accenture Cloud Platform


Michael Liebow, Managing Director for Accenture Cloud Platform, a secure, scalable, enterprise-ready cloud integration system that provides management and control over hybrid cloud services. Leads a 400 person global team, manages a myriad of ecosystem partners and directs a large portion of Accenture's cloud investment to build and operate our new cloud platform business. Helping to secure industry recognition of Accenture as leader in cloud brokerage and orchestration.
Also, Fellow at US Department of State, and Founder of Foretuit, a new 'big data' venture launched in the startup battlefield at TechCrunch DISRUPT. Prior Executive in Residence at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), board member and startup CEO, and former IBM services and hardware executive.  Fathered IBM's service-oriented architecture and web services efforts as business development lead for Global Services, as well as its emergence as a leader in x86 servers as Strategy lead.

Gaurav “GP” Pal – Director Strategic Programs, Smartronix

Gaurav Pal

GP is responsible for delivering enterprise solutions for regulated industries with a focus on Financial Services. He is currently engaged in providing cloud computing and big data solutions for a number of US Federal Agencies including the Recovery Accountability & Transparency Board (RATB), Department of the Treasury, Federal Reserve System and other commercial clients. GP has an MBA from the Robert H Smith School of Business, University of Maryland and a BS in Computer Science from IIT-India.

Tim Womack – Program Manager, Department of the Treasury

Tim WomackTim Womack is the Program Manager for Treasury Web Solutions at the US Department of the Treasury Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO). Mr. Womack is responsible for the technology management and solution delivery for the Treasury Web Services solutions portfolio. His responsibilities include providing Enterprise Business Services (EBS) solutions to Treasury OCIO customers and associated Bureau’s and Agencies using a Shared Services Platform in compliance with Federal CIO and OMB Guidelines and Mandates like Digital Government Strategy, and SharedFirst amongst others. Mr. Womack has a distinguished track record of service having worked both in the public and commercial sectors.