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Vivek Kundra gets a B for mandates that lack funding

Monday, September 26th, 2011
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Vivek Kundra gets a "B" in recent study

A new study gives Vivek Kundra a “B” grade for leadership and shows that Feds support his initiatives – but raises questions about OMB’s implementation timing, funding, and conflicting mandates., according to the “Over to You, Mr. VanRoekel… A Federal IT Referendum on Change Study,” which is based on a survey of Federal IT professionals at the MeriTalk Innovation Nation conference on August 23,

While the majority of Federal IT professionals (71 percent) believe Vivek Kundra made a significant impact while in office and credit his vision as his greatest strength, the study reveals that top challenges under Kundra included lack of funding to fulfill mandates (59 percent), conflicting mandates (44 percent), and unrealistic goals/mandates (41 percent). When asked to vote on the three most important priorities for the new Federal CIO, Steven VanRoekel, respondents say:

  • Reduce the number of mandates and deconflict (60 percent)
  • Reassess goals/timelines to make success attainable (53 percent)
  • Listen to feedback/counsel from IT operators (46 percent)

Cloud First a good idea, but adoption slow

According to the study, 92 percent of Feds believe cloud is a good idea for Federal IT, but just 29 percent are following the administration’s mandated “Cloud First” policy. And, almost half (42 percent), say they are adopting a “wait-and-see” approach related to cloud. Respondents cite numerous challenges including security issues (64 percent), cultural issues (36 percent), and budget constraints (36 percent), as barriers to cloud computing.

Almost all Feds (95 percent) also vote for data center consolidation, although the majority (70 percent) say Federal agencies will not be able to eliminate the mandated 800 data centers by 2015.

Respondents do anticipate realizing savings from their data center consolidation efforts, with most (74 percent) estimating the Federal government can save at least $75 million overall. Respondents acknowledge, however, that investment is needed – 85 percent say Feds will not realize data center savings without new investment.

When it comes to cyber security, respondents unanimously agree threats have increased in the last year (100 percent say yes). Feds say the most important priorities for cyber security going forward are: securing Federal networks (68 percent), critical infrastructure protection (56 percent), and privacy protection (36 percent).

Funding to meet priorties short

However, Feds say funding to meet these priorities is, on average, 41 percent short. Further, Feds are unclear who owns cyber security, highlighting a leadership vacuum.

“Vivek’s tenure at OMB was like a bottle of champagne – seems like a great idea, exciting start, but the plan’s unclear, and the next morning you wake up with the same problems and a sore head,” said Steve O’Keeffe, founder, MeriTalk. “We’re hoping that Mr. VanRoekel listens to Fed IT operators and provides a more sober, practical path – that will deliver tangible bottom-line improvements.”

The “Over to You, Mr. VanRoekel… A Federal IT Referendum on Change Study,” To download the full study, please visit

Kundra, Nanolumens, Petra Solar, Daon, other honored by Tech America awards

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

TechAmerica Foundation announced today the winners for the American Technology Awards, which bestows the only “Best Of” awards that recognize all technology products and services across the technology industry. Nominations for The American Technology Awards, “The Termans”, were vetted by industry experts and technology companies. These awards were named after Frederick Terman, who is widely credited as being the father of Silicon Valley.

“We had a lot of nominations for these prestigious awards, and we congratulate these companies and individuals for their winning achievements,” said Senator Bob Bennett, Chairman, TechAmerica Foundation. “TechAmerica Foundation is excited to highlight these companies and individuals as they continue to influence technology development throughout the rest of the world.”

The American Technology Awards were presented for each of the inclusive segments of the technology industry: Aerospace and Defense; Clean Tech/Green Tech/Smart Grid; Cloud Computing/Software as a Service; Computers and Peripherals; Consumer Electronics; Cyber Security and Authentication; Electronic Components; Internet Services; Measurement and Control Instruments; Medical Devices; Server & Storage Technology; Software; Technology Consulting; Technology Services; and Telecommunications.

The Government Technology Executive of the Year was Vivek Kundra, the U.S. Federal Chief Information Officer.  The Corporate Leadership Award was presented to Bill McDermott, Co-CEO of global software company SAP. In his keynote remarks, McDermott applauded Kundra’s efforts to reform federal IT management and urged government to harness three “mega-trends” — cloud computing, in-memory computing, and mobility — to save money and improve performance.

“Imagine spending less on IT infrastructure and more on accomplishing the mission, all with unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability.  These goals and many more are possible today, driven by the innovative spirit we see in all of the Terman Award winners,” McDermott said.

The winners in all categories are:

Program Manager of the Year: Christopher Milowic, LBI Branch Director, OIT, Customs & Border Protection, DHS
Aerospace and Defense: Space Exploration Technologies (Space X) – Falcon 9 vehicle
Clean Tech/Green Tech: Petra Solar – SunWave System
Cloud Computing/Software as a Service: Akamai Technologies, Inc. – Dynamic Site Accelerator
Consumer Electronics/Computers and Peripherals: Logitech – Logitech Revue with Google TV
Cyber Security & Authentication: Daon, Inc. – Identity X
Heath & Medical Technologies: ConforMIS, Inc. – iTotal® Knee Resurfacing System
Internet Services & E-Commerce: webtrends Inc – Analystics
IT Services & Consulting: HP – HP NetTop
Semiconductors & Electronic Components: Atmel Corporation – maXTouch™ for Large Screens
Server & Storage Technology: DataCore Software Corporation – SANsymphony-V
Smart Grid & Smart Instruments: Petra Solar – SunWave System
Software: GPS Insight – GPS Insight Fleet Tracking Solution
Technology Manufacturing: 3M ™ – 3M ™ Cubitron ™ II Abrasives
Telecommunications: ViaSat Inc. – ViaSat–1 High-Capacity Satellite System
Breakthrough Technology: Flex Display Technology by NanoLumens