Government Big Data Forum 2012 - March 6, 2012



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2012 Government Big Data Forum - Speaker Bios

8:00-9:00am Introduction and Perspectives on Big Data Mission Needs

Bob Gourley
Editor of
CTO of Crucial Point LLC

Bob Gourley is the editor of and is the founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm.

Mr. Gourley's first career was as a naval intelligence officer, which included operational tours afloat and ashore. He was the first J2 at DoD's cyber defense organization JTF-CND. Following retirement from the Navy, Mr. Gourley was a senior executive with TRW and Northrop Grumman, and then returned to government service as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

Mr. Gourley was named one of the top 25 most influential CTOs in the globe by Infoworld in 2007, and selected for AFCEAs award for meritorious service to the intelligence community in 2008. He was named by Washingtonian as one of DC's "Tech Titans" in 2009. Mr. Gourley was named one of the "Top 25 Most Fascinating Communicators in Government IT" by the Gov2.0 community GovFresh.

Morning Keynote

Gus Hunt

Mr. Gus Hunt currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the Chief Information Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In this capacity, Mr. Hunt is responsible for setting the strategic technology direction to enable CIA's missions, for driving the rapid insertion and adoption of new capabilities to keep pace with technology change in the commercial sector, and for engaging actively across the IC to share and communicate IT solutions.

Mr. Hunt joined the CIA in 1985 as an analyst and subsequently served in varied technical leadership roles including Director of Applications Services, Director of Architecture and Systems Engineering (ASE), Chair of the CIA Architecture Review Board and the Architecture and Systems Engineers Occupational Panel, and Chief of the CIO's Advanced Technology Group within the Directorate of Intelligence (DI). Mr. Hunt also served as Chief of Research and Development for the Director of Central Intelligence's (DCI) Crime and Narcotics Center and Deputy Chief of the Operations Support Group in the DCI's Non?Proliferation Center.

Before joining the Agency in 1985, Mr. Hunt spent seven years in the private sector as an Aerospace Engineer designing advanced manned space flight systems and satellite orbital transfer vehicles. He holds a ME in Civil/Structural Engineering from Vanderbilt University and is married with two grown children.

9:00-10:45am Big Data Showcase Part One: Advanced Analytics

Matt Mead
Systems Engineer, Cloudera

Matt Mead is the Cloudera technical lead for Federal Government customers. Mr. Mead has advised numerous government agencies and provides ongoing hands-on implementation support, systems design and architecture. He has led technical delivery of many challenging information discovery and Hadoop-integrated applications in the Federal Government sector.

Mr. Mead draws on fifteen years of software development and systems engineering experience in his work, during which time he has contributed to the successful deployment of dozens of integrated systems across numerous government agencies. In his recent work, Mr. Mead has been responsible for the success of multiple large-scale deployments, architecting the role of Open Source Software to integrate numerous proprietary technologies to great mission effect.

Matt Schumpert
Director of Solutions Engineering, Datameer, Inc.

Matt Schumpert has been working in enterprise software of over 10 years in various capacities, including sales engineering, strategic alliances and consulting. Mr. Schumpert currently runs the pre-sales engineering team at Datameer, supporting all technical aspects of customer engagement through roll-out of customers into production. Mr. Schumpert's areas of expertise include middleware infrastructure software, SOA, business rules, business intelligence and, most recently, big data and Hadoop. Mr. Schumpert holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.

Jason Yee
Mission Support Engineer, Digital Reasoning

Jason Yee is Digital Reasoning's DC Mission Support Lead, helping customers leverage Synthesys's unique unstructured Big Data analytics solutions. Jason previously worked in the DoD information technology field including six years in the Air Force as a Communications & Information Officer with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Jason earned a Masters in Computer Science from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Jason James

Jason James is the CTO of InTTENSITY. Mr. James has over 20 years of experience working for and with the federal government. His professional interestes include software development, text analytics, data integration and data visualization.

Dr. Steven Armentrout
Founder and CEO, Parabon Computation

Dr. Steven Armentrout, Founder & CEO of Parabon Computation, has over 25 years of experience designing solutions to solve data-heavy and compute-intensive problems. Desiring a robust, scalable, on-demand computing platform, able to handle even the largest machine learning and data mining problems, which were then his focus, Dr. Armentrout founded Parabon in 1999 with the goal of creating a computation service available to anyone with an Internet connection.

Dr. Armentrout has spent the last decade architecting innovative high-performance computing solutions for the Internet, the enterprise and virtualized data centers. He earned his PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland, and his work is published in numerous scientific and technical journals, including Science magazine, Neural Computation and Artificial Intelligence in Medicine.

Louis Grever
SVP, Qbase, LLC

Louis E. Grever, Senior Vice President of Qbase, first served as a Police Officer in the Louisville metropolitan area and later joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1998. After many roles within the FBI including working in the Tactical Operations Section and the Science and Technology Branch, Mr. Grever retired from the FBI in February of 2012 after 24 years of service. He then joined QBase as a Senior Vice President for product and services development.

Mr. Grever is recognized as a subject matter expert on the application of technology and science to challenges faced by the Intelligence Community, law enforcement, and the military. Mr. Grever has received training in leadership and resource management as part of the FBI's Executive Development Institute, the Law Enforcement Executive Development program, and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Mr. Grever is married, resides in the Northern Virginia area, and is the proud father of two daughters.

Dante Ricci
Director of SAP Federal Innovation, SAP

Dante Ricci is currently the Director of SAP Federal Innovation. In the position, he is SAP America's spokesperson for Public Services. Mr. Ricci is responsible for expanding SAP's leadership in the U.S. public sector, a key industry for SAP.

Mr. Ricci recently served as a Solution Director for SAP where he was the central interlock between the global field sales organization and development which included new product roll-out, creation of industry go-to-market initiatives and roll-in of new solution requirements by understanding the market through the eyes of industry customers. Prior to joining SAP, Ricci started working in the IT industry in 1996 for Oracle Corporation. He worked in various roles including operations, finance and pre-sales. Prior to that, Mr. Ricci worked as a cost accountant for a Defense contractor and an accountant for a Civilian agency contractor. He also worked as a college admissions counselor, a fixed term position that is given to a graduating senior each year.

Ricci is on the Corporate Leadership Board for the Capital Area Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk. He is a native of Fairfax, Virginia, and a graduate of Longwood University.

Danielle Forsyth
CEO, Thetus Corporation

Danielle Forsyth is the CEO of Thetus Corporation, a semantic knowledge modeling and analysis software company based in Portland, Oregon. She spent her formative years at Hewlett-Packard in the workstation and graphics groups. Over the years, Danielle has held management, engineering and marketing positions in several 3D graphics, modeling, animation and security software companies. She has delivered software systems and developed product and business strategies for a variety of companies, including: Wavefront, Autodesk, Digital Equipment, Microsoft, Digimarc and @Last Software (Sketchup). Danielle co-founded Thetus in 2002. She holds degrees in math, computer science and business.

11:30-12:15pm Big Data Trends

Dr. Amr Awadallah
Founder and CTO, Cloudera

Dr. Amr Awadallah co-founded VivaSmart in June of 1999. Yahoo! acquired VivaSmart in June 2000, and uses the VivaSmart technology as the core of the Yahoo! shopping service. Amr served as Vice President of Engineering, and led a team that used Hadoop extensively for data analysis and business intelligence across the Yahoo! online services. Before starting Cloudera, Amr was an Entreprenuer-in-Residence at Accel partners from June 2008 to Oct of 2008. Amr holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

1:00-2:00pm Big Data Showcase Part Two: Establishing the Infrastructure

Dr. Lance A. Forbes
Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing

Dr. Forbes is an expert in the discovery and exploitation of patterns in big data. He has over 27 years of experience that includes telemetry analysis, object recognition and tracking, missile defense, identity resolution for counter-terrorism, and natural language processing within the Intelligence Community.

His career started at the Air Force Flight Test Center where he analyzed cruise missile test data. While attending Air Command and Staff College, he was competitively selected for the Air Force Ph.D. program and attended Colorado State University, where he received a Ph.D. in computer science with honors. During his final assignment with the Air Force, he led the NRO's Engineering Analysis Division within the enterprise systems engineering group.

After retirement from the Air Force, Dr. Forbes led the Intelligence Division at Global InfoTek Inc. (GITI), and was the Chief Scientist at Solutions Made Simple Inc (SMSi). With Boeing's acquisition of SMSi, Dr. Forbes has assumed a position as an Associate Technical Fellow within Boeing Network and Space Systems (NS&S) Information Solutions (IS) Division.

Marc Breissinger
Executive VP, Composite Software

For the past eight years as Chief Technology Officer at webMethods and SPADAC, Marc guided internal and key account technology strategy and architecture resulting in a number of new products including webMethod's award winning Fabric product suite and millions in revenue growth. While at webMethods, Marc also identified and executed seven acquisitions. Prior to webMethods, Marc was a Senior Manager for six years at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where he successfully led over a dozen major projects in Automotive, Electronics, Chemical and Retail market clients. Marc started working with IT clients during his four years as a Consultant at ZS Associates. At Composite, Marc guides strategy and architecture projects at major accounts. Marc holds a BA in computer science from Yale University. He also holds an active TS clearance.

Randy Kreiser
Senior Technical Executive, Data Direct Networks

Randy Kreiser, Senior Technical Executive for DataDirect Networks (DDN) Federal division, joined DDN in 2005.

In his role as Senior Technical Executive, Mr. Kreiser develops and promotes high speed storage systems and file systems. Mr. Kreiser has over 25 years of experience in the computer storage industry working with some of the leading storage array vendors and high performance computer server companies creating systems used by some of the largest U.S. Government agencies, Hollywood movie makers and Oil/Gas Companies.

Chris Biow
Public Sector CTO, MarkLogic

Chris Biow is the Public Sector CTO at MarkLogic Corporation, providing technical leadership for the company's public sector division. He's worked with search, database, and knowledge management applications for over twenty years, most recently at Verity/Autonomy and the Naval Research Laboratory. He's worked on major knowledge management projects with the Department of Defense, the National Archives, the U.S. intelligence community, and Bloomberg News. His career also includes 8 years as a Radar Intercept Officer, flying the aircraft-carrier-based F-14 Tomcat. Chris is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and earned his Master's degree from the University of Maryland.

Michael Lazar
Senior Solutions Architect, VMware

Mr. Lazar is Senior Solutions Architect and GemFire Specialist for the VMware Federal, Cloud Application Platform Team. He has been working with data, data integration, and distributed systems for over 20 years. Prior to its acquisition by VMware, he was the Director of Federal Technology for GemStone Systems, the leading provider of Enterprise Data Fabrics. He has been working closely with Federal agencies and systems integrators in the C4ISR space.

Prior to joining GemStone, Mr. Lazar worked for Commerce One as a solutions architect for large B2B exchanges. He worked for Sybase as the chief scientist for the Sybase public sector. In this role, he held clearances at multiple US Intelligence agencies. He worked on global replication architectures, foreign language issues, security software issues, merging text and relational data, and MLS systems.

Mr. Lazar began his career as an intelligence analyst for a large US Intelligence agency, and was a founding member of a high tech lab that was charged with helping bring commercial technology to systems at the agency. He was responsible for mapping software, desktop publishing, information management, distributed databases and user-machine interface software) for use and integration into the analytic environment.

Bruce Fingles
Chief Information Officer and VP of Product Quality, Xsigo

Bruce Fingles is responsible for the Technical Alliances, Product Management and Training functions at Xsigo and brings over 25 years of Information Technology experience. Prior to Xsigo, he was the CIO and head of customer services for Micromuse, which was acquired by IBM. Prior to Micromuse Mr. Fingles ran the infrastructure and customer support functions at numerous software and hardware companies including Oblix, an identity management software company, Recourse Technologies, a security software company, and at Ridge Technologies and Crag Technologies.

2:00-2:45pm The Emerging Role of the Chief Data Officer and Data Scientist

John Marshall
CTO, Intelligence Directorate, Joint Staff/J2

John A. Marshall is the senior information systems technologist for Joint Staff Intelligence Directorate (J2), Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is responsible for the intelligence information technology new initiatives supporting U.S. joint and coalition war fighting and military force planners. He oversees cutting edge technology capabilities associated with the Defense Intelligence Enterprise, experimentation and concept development, integration, and interoperability for the national intelligence systems and development of new technologies.

Mr. Marshall is a senior information technologist member within various forums and boards with the defense and intelligence communities, and currently leads all technical requirements for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, and IT integration and interoperability within the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as various elements within the DOD community. He represents the command on several ISR task force working groups in support of the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

Mr. Marshall earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Maryland, University College and holds a federal chief information certification from the National Defense University.

2:45-3:30pm Management of Surface Transportation Geospatial Data for the Nation

Tim Schmidt
CTO, Department of Transportation

Tim Schmidt is the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). In this role, he serves as the Department's technology advocate, strategist and thought leader. Mr. Schmidt initiates, advocates and evaluates research and technology information collection and monitoring to ensure the DOT community stays fully aware of current and evolving transformational technology and process breakthroughs.

Prior to joining DOT Headquarters, Tim held numerous senior management and executive positions both within and outside the Federal Government including FAA, IRS and the White House. One of the hallmarks of his time at the White House Communications Agency was leading both Reagan-Gorbachev Summits hosted in Geneva and Reykjavik. He is a retired Army officer having served for over 20 years within the Department of Defense.