Vivek Kundra spoke before over 280 members and guests of the Potomac Officers Club organization today at the Tyson’s Corner Ritz Carlton. Kundra outlined many of the key presidential IT initiatives and the breathtaking speed that will be required to perform them. The event, which was sponsored by Peter Doolan, vice president of technology at Oracle’s public-sector division, almost exclusively drew an audience of government contracting executives. They showed great interest in the new Federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s comments around the need to improve the government’s ability to purchase technology-based goods and services.
Considering that specification/purchasing on a government interval takes a minimum of 18 months, the technology being purchased may have already been eclipsed by the impact of Moore’s Law.
Health IT, broadband, cybersecurity and the energy grid were among the topics touched upon by the new federal CIO. While still early in his position, he stated that he was anxious to work with the newly nominated Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra and his new boss Jeffrey Zients, the Chief Performance Officer. (More details on Kundra’s talk here and to check out pictures from the event, visit us on Flickr.)
Funny name, big build up. Net sophisticates are awaiting the May release of a next generation search engine that purports to evolve beyond the default search engine of the universe; Google. Competing with Google is easily said. Wolfram Alpha will be launching soon and you can get on the waiting list.