2002 Conference - New Frontiers in Netcentricity
conference began with morning addresses by two legendary innovators and
Internet pioneers, Robert E. Kahn and David Farber.
Kahn is designer of ARPANET (now the Internet), co-inventor of the
Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) suite, creator of
the “gateway” concept, builder of the U.S. Strategic Computing Program, and
leader of the National Information Infrastructure (the information “super
highway”). He offered his insights and ideas on the future of the Internet.
Farber was recently named one of the 25 most powerful people in
networking by Network World. Farber helped design the first electronic
switching systems and the programming language, SNOBOL, and conducted
groundbreaking research on the world’s first operational Distributed
Computer System (DCS). He gave his insight into the impact of Sept. 11 on
the country’s communications infrastructure.
From the renewed promise of mobile technologies to designing netcentric
organizations, day one was devoted to innovative netcentric practices.
Cutting-edge industry leaders such as Sun Microsystems, Avaya, ATG,
Autonomy, and ASD Global talked about the challenges and solutions of
netcentricity implementation. Topics included netcentric enterprise and
communications architectures, personalization factors, netcentric search
services, and integration challenges.
Day two began with national defense IT experts John Garstka and Jacques
Gansler showing how information sharing and modern logistics are changing
the face and pace of battle in netcentricity in defense of America. John
Clark and Alisoun Moore reported on the far-reaching work of the Government
Without Boundaries project, a revolutionary way of providing seamless local,
state, and federal services accessible by all.
Is Maryland e-ready? "Yes," said Phillip Singerman, president/executive
director of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), during
Tuesday’s luncheon address. TEDCO is an independent corporation created by
the state legislature to promote economic development through the
commercialization, development, and deployment of technology.
With its intellectual resources and strong concentration of major
netcentric businesses, Maryland is positioned for leadership and competitive
advantage in the coming decade. Maryland CIO Linda Burek talked about the
state’s strategy for diffusing netcentricity in Maryland. University of
Maryland CIO Don Riley explained how Internet 2 is developing.