The D.C. Forum on Digital Innovation: Jan. 2014


Friday, January 31, 2014
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Ronald Reagan Building - Smith School Suite
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Digital Technologies, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Mobile and Social Platforms are dramatically changing the business landscape around us. However, the ability to innovate and harness these new technologies requires vision and strong leadership. DIGITS, The Center for Digital Innovation Technology and Strategy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland and Microsoft invite you to participate in a stimulating discussion about how cloud computing can help an organization save money and deliver new innovative services. We will feature a distinguished key note speaker and a panel of faculty members and industry thought leaders will share their experiences and expertise.

Keynote Speaker: Bernard J. Mazer

Bernard Mazer

Bernard J. Mazer is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the US Department of Interior. He took charge on June 7, 2010 and is responsible for the $1 billion IT Budget at the US Department of Interior. Mr. Mazer is focused on infrastructure modernization and ensuring that IT investments are cost effective, scalable, and aligned to DOI's mission and strategic direction.

The US Department of Interior launched an ambitious initiative to save $500 million over 5 years by restructuring the Information Technology function. The IT Transformation is a multi-year program involving every facet of the Department and will realign how information technology is designed, priced, and delivered in support of customer goals to achieve the Department’s mission. Mr. Mazer will describe some of the business and technical drivers that helped orchestrate change within an organization that supports 67,000 employees and 236,000 volunteers located in approximately 2,400 locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and Native American Lands. He will also share his vision for how cloud computing can help Department of Interior save costs and deliver innovative services.

Panel Discussion

In addition to the keynote address by Mr. Mazer we will have a panel of distinguished leaders from academia and industry who will share their experiences with enabling enterprise transformation in government and private sectors, in the age of cloud computing.

Panel Members

  • Greg Bateman, Senior Director for Acquisition Programs, Policy and Strategy, Microsoft Federal
  • Jerry Johnston, Ph.D., Geospatial Information Officer, US Department of the Interior
  • Lydia Leong, Research VP, Gartner
  • Michael Liebow, Managing Director, Accenture Cloud Platform
  • Gaurav “GP” Pal – Director Strategic Programs, Smartronix
  • Tim Womack – Program Manager, Department of the Treasury

More information about the panelists | DOWNLOAD AGENDA

DIGITS – the Center for Digital Innovation, Technology, and Strategy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland serves to leverage intellectual capital across academia, industry, and government. The center focuses on the study of emerging digital technologies and the impact of digital innovation on business functions, firm strategies and policy across a number of industry verticals. The center’s mission is to disseminate scholarly research, connect research with practice and policy, and to foster experiential learning for students. Prof. Il-Horn Hann and Prof. Siva Viswanathan serve as the Co-Directors of DIGITS.

About the Smith School
The Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland offers a number of new and innovative resources that promote problem solving through industry, government and academic collaboration. The school has a number of centers of excellence that provide a wealth of experience and expertise in solving real-world problems in a number of focal areas.

About Microsoft
Microsoft is the world’s largest software firm and a global pillar of computing infrastructure worldwide. Microsoft Federal is honored to be a strategic partner to the US government, enabling it to serve the American people in myriad ways through the application of technology.