Past Events

How can government make the best use of cloud computing to cut costs and improve performance? That was the main theme of BSA’s sixth annual CTO Forum, held September 20–21, 2010, in Washington, DC.

CTO Forum 2010 Top technologists from the software and computer hardware industries participated in a series of meetings with their counterparts in the Obama administration and influential lawmakers on Capitol Hill. They discussed practical considerations and policy implications associated with federal adoption of cloud solutions, focusing in particular on the need for open and transparent procurement practices that do not bias particular classes of technology. They also discussed how government and the private sector can collaborate on workable technology standards for cloud solutions. And they considered how rules for ensuring privacy and data security in the cloud can be made flexible enough to allow customized approaches for different types of information.

Participants also expressed their support for strong cybersecurity legislation that focuses on achieving optimal outcomes rather than mandating particular technology solutions.

Representatives from BSA member companies and their guests included:

  • Kia Behnia, senior vice president and chief technology officer, BMC Software
  • Mark Bregman, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Symantec Corporation
  • Dr. Donald Ferguson, executive vice president and chief technology officer, CA Technologies
  • Michael Fulkerson, senior vice president, technology and labs, Rosetta Stone
  • Nikolay Grebennikov, chief technology officer, Kaspersky Lab
  • Tom Malloy, senior vice president and chief software architect, Adobe Systems
  • Dr. David F. McQueeney, vice president for technology and strategy, and chief technology officer, IBM
  • Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer, Microsoft
  • Raj Nathan, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Sybase
  • Dr. Phyllis A. Schneck, vice president and director of threat intelligence, McAfee
  • Bhupinder Singh, senior vice president, Bentley Systems
  • Charles Snellgrove, chief technology officer, Minitab
  • Jim Stikeleather, chief innovation officer, Dell

CTO Forum 2010On the agenda were meetings with top technologists in the Obama administration and influential lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including:

  • Jeffrey Zients, chief performance officer and acting director, Office of Management and Budget, and Vivek Kundra, US chief information officer
  • Aneesh Chopra, US chief technology officer
  • Dr. Patrick Gallagher, director, National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST); Cita Furlani, director, Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), NIST; James St. Pierre, deputy directory, ITL; Dawn Leaf, senior executive for cloud computing, ITL
  • Howard Schmidt, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator
  • David McClure, associate administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Communications, General Services Administration
  • Daniel Weitzner, associate administrator, Office of Policy Analysis and Development, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, US Department of Commerce
  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), member, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation and Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), ranking member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


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