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Powering up: cloud computing, smart infrastructure and U.S. economic growth

BSA’s CTO Forum is an annual series of meetings between some of the top technologists in software and computing and their counterparts in the federal government.

Over two days, nine high-ranking technologists from BSA member companies met with 14 high-level technology decision-makers in the Obama administration to brainstorm ways the federal government can harness new innovations to do more with less in this era of tight budgeting.

BSA’s seventh annual CTO Forum, held September 20–21, 2011, in Washington, DC, came at a critical juncture in Washington — a time when policymakers are eager for new strategies to capture efficiencies to help streamline government, spur economic growth, and create jobs. BSA member-company CTOs will offer specific ideas around three inter-related issues:

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  1. Harnessing cloud computing to save money and transform the way the government does business. How quickly we reap the cloud’s benefits will be shaped by decisions being made by policymakers today.
  2. Strengthening intellectual property protections to spur technology innovation. Reducing piracy is vital to the health of the commercial software industry and the broader technology ecosystem it powers.
  3. Utilizing IT to reduce energy consumption. Software can be a catalyst for simultaneously cutting energy consumption, creating jobs, and saving money.

In addition to sharing their unique expertise and insights in these areas, BSA members shared a vision of how new technologies can continue transforming the economy in the short, middle, and long term — and how policymakers can take practical steps to unleash technology’s full promise.

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Participants from BSA member companies included:

  • Jeff Kowalski, Autodesk
  • Bhupinder Singh, Bentley Systems
  • Greg Bodine, CA Technologies
  • Paul Czarnik, Compuware
  • Eric Martin, Intuit
  • Craig Mundie, Microsoft
  • John Bates, Progress Software
  • Mike Fulkerson, Rosetta Stone
  • Joe Pasqua, Symantec

Participants met with top technologists in the Obama administration and influential lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including:

  • US Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra
  • US Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel
  • US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria A. Espinel
  • General Services Administration Associate Administrator Dr. David L. McClure
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology Director Dr. Patrick Gallagher
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (ARPA-E) Director Dr. Arun Majumdar
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador Philip Verveer.


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