April 26th at 12pm

Program will discuss:

  • Progress Report on Virtualization & Data Center Consolidation
  • Key Benefits Associated with Virtualization & DCC
  • How Does Cloud Computing Get Factored into your Strategy
  • Major Challenges to Achieving their Goals
  • Is Security a concern in a Virtualized environment
  • A Future Vision for the next 1 to 3 years

Cindy Cassil - The Dept. of State
Mike Mestrovich - Defense Intelligence Agency
Cheryl Rogers - FAA
Steve Peacock - Unisys Corporation
Gunnar Hellekson - Red Hat
Dmitry Kagansky - Quest Software

Moderator: Jim Flyzik -Flyzik Group

About the Panel

Jim Flyzik
The Flyzik Group

Jim Flyzik is the President of TheFlyzikGroup www.theflyzikgroup.com . The company specializes in Strategic Business Consulting, Performance Based Contracting Consulting and Training and Thought Leadership media events. The company assists small, medium and large companies in providing world-class government services. Jim also serves as the Chairman of the Information Technology Association of America Committee on Homeland Security. Jim also hosts the monthly radio program, The Federal Executive Forum on WFED 1500 AM and www.federalnewsradio.com .

Jim served over 27 years in the federal government. He served as Senior Advisor to Governor Ridge in the White House Office of Homeland Security (OHS). He provided advice to OHS on the National Strategy and Information Management in support of the OHS mission. From February 1998 until December 2002, Jim also served as the Vice Chair of the Federal Government CIO Council overseeing numerous government wide IT initiatives. He was also a member of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.

Prior to this, from August 1997 until April 2002, Jim was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of the Treasury. He provided oversight, strategic planning and management direction on over $3.0 billion in annual information technology and information infrastructure programs within Treasury and its fourteen Bureaus. Jim also served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Management for the Treasury Department from January 20, 2001 until February 8, 2002. In that role he provided oversight of all Treasury bureaus and served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on matters involving the internal management of the Department and its bureaus. Jim received the Secretary Certificate of Appreciation on February 12, 2002 for his efforts during this transition period.

Prior to his Treasury positions, Jim worked for 15 years at the U.S. Secret Service where he held key IT management positions, including the Chief of the Communications Division, providing world class telecommunications in support of Secret Service tactical and operational requirements.
Jim served as Team Leader on Vice President Gore's National Performance Review (NPR) Information Technology Team. Following this assignment, he was selected as Chairman of the Government Information Technology Services Working Group, to implement the NPR Information Technology recommendations and coordinate the government services portion of the National Information Infrastructure (NII). He was given the prestigious Eagle Award as the government information technology executive of the year in 1994, a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 1995, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award for Excellence in Information Technology in 1996, the AFFIRM Award for Outstanding Service to the Citizens in 1997, the Industry Advisory Council Award for Special Achievements and Leadership in 1997, the AFFIRM IRM Executive of the Year Award in 1998, and the Distinguished Rank Executive Award from President Clinton in 1999. In 2001 the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils presented him the John J. Franke award for outstanding government service. In March 2002, Jim was selected by the Federal CIO Council to receive the Azimuth Award as the Government Executive of the Year.

Jim has extensive public speaking experience and frequently serves as a featured speaker at industry events. He has developed, and currently teaches part-time, a graduate level course on Information Systems Security and Risk Assessment at the University of Maryland. Jim was given the Stanley J. Drazek Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 by the University of Maryland.

Jim has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland with an area of concentration in Information Systems Management.

Cindy Cassil
Director of Systems Integration
Office of the Chief Information Officer
US Department of State

Ms. Cassil is the Director of Systems Integration in the Office of the Chief Information Officer for the US Department of State, where she manages the enterprise information systems and data centers supporting State Department operations throughout the world. Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Cassil served over 25 years in successive positions of federal technical leadership as the Director of Information Technology for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civilian Personnel; Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Aviation Administration's Regions and Centers; and CIO and Deputy Chief of Staff for Information Management for the US Army Test and Evaluation Command.

During her career, Ms. Cassil has received numerous commendations and awards for her effective leadership and management of complex technical projects for DoD. These include the Department of Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, awarded by the Secretary of the Army, and the Army Superior Civilian Service Award. She is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute's Executive Leadership Program, holds a bachelors degree in Management Information Systems and a graduate degree from the American University in Public Administration.

Mike Mestrovich
Senior Technology Officer for Solutions
Directorate for Information Management and Chief Information Officer
Defense Intelligence Agency

Mr. Michael Mestrovich was appointed to the Defense Intelligence Senior Level position of senior technology officer for solutions within the Directorate for Information Management and Chief Information Officer on 18 August 2008. As such, he leads the research and evaluation of next-generation information technology (IT) solutions for the Department of Defense (DoD) Intelligence Information System enterprise to identify IT products, tools, environments, systems, and methodologies for their applicability to improve the analytic process.

Prior to his present appointment, Mr. Mestrovich worked as a systems engineer for Cisco Systems for 11 years. He provided network design and architectural support for various DoD entities in Europe, Southwest Asia, and Africa, to include U.S. European Command (EUCOM), U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), U.S. Army Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Army Forces CENTCOM, and Multinational Forces-Iraq. He helped to author various design and deployment guides on such topics as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), virtual private networks, quality of service, and campus and wide area network (WAN) architectures for various organizations. He was the lead systems engineer for numerous networking projects: asynchronous transfer mode migrations to Gigabit Ethernet in support of the Combat Information Transport System, datacenter consolidations, WAN optimizations and application accelerations, and network security and optical network implementations.

Mr. Mestrovich is an active Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) in routing and switching, having achieved his certification in 2000. He obtained his bachelor's of science degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1990 while on an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship. He then attended Creighton University where he received his master's of science in atmospheric science in 1994.

Mr. Mestrovich served in the U.S. Air Force from 1991 - 1997. After completing Basic Communication Officer Training at Keesler Air Force Base, he was assigned to U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, from 1991 - 1994. He worked as a software engineer at STRATCOM developing targeting software for the Single Integrated Operation Plan. He was then assigned to Headquarters EUCOM, where he served as a communications engineer for the EUCOM Intelligence Directorate (J2) from 1994 to 1997.

Cheryl Rogers
Director of the Office of IT Optimization
Office of the Assistant Administrator for Information Services and Chief Information Officer

Cheryl Rogers is the Director of the Office of IT Optimization in the Office of the Assistant Administrator for Information Services and Chief Information Officer at the Federal Aviation Administration's national headquarters in Washington, DC. The Office of IT Optimization provides centralized governance and management of FAA enterprise-wide IT application and infrastructure initiatives.

As FAA's IT Optimization Director, Cheryl leads and manages agency-wide programs that are specifically targeted to eliminate redundancy, promote cost savings, and optimize FAA information systems. Such programs span data center consolidation, server virtualization, cloud computing, IT strategic sourcing, data loss prevention, FAA web operations, electronic stewardship, video conferencing, and IT asset inventory management. Cheryl also oversees application optimization programs, including application modernization strategic planning, application standards and best practices, and document management services. Cheryl leads FAA's strategic initiative to achieve an information technology cost savings/avoidance of $30 million annually.

Before joining FAA Headquarters in August 2009, Cheryl spent the prior 15 years in IT leadership positions with increasing levels of responsibility at the Enterprise Services Center (ESC) at Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City. She served as Deputy Program Director for the Office of Information Technology (AMI), and then as Program Director. In these roles, she led a staff of more than 300 employees who performed a wide range of IT activities supporting FAA, the Department of Transportation, and other federal agencies. Cheryl's early career included software development, systems analysis/design, and data center operations.

Cheryl received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma in interdisciplinary studies and administrative leadership. She is also a 2007 graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Leadership for a Democratic Society and a 2009 graduate of the National Defense University Information Resource Management College Chief Information Officer (CIO) Certificate Program. She also served as the Executive Committee Chair for the University of Oklahoma Center for Management Information Studies.

Steve Peacock
VP Infrastructure and Cloud Computing Services
Unisys Federal Systems Group

Mr. Peacock is the data center optimization and cloud computing services lead for Unisys Federal Systems Group. Steve's has over 25 years of experience modernizing IT infrastructures and providing technology services to the Federal, Public and Private sector.

Prior to his work with Unisys he was a Managing Partner and Executive for Cambridge Technology Partners in Europe and he has held various executive positions including COO, CIO and IT Program Manager at companies including Battelle Memorial Institute, AT&T, and Bell Helicopter - Textron.

Steve has been working with Federal and Public sector clients to plan and implement Data Center consolidation and Virtualization programs and recently working with client on Cloud Computing adoption strategies including Application migration, Private Cloud deployments and Cloud Services integration.

Gunnar Hellekson
Chief Technology Strategist
Red Hat US Public Sector

Gunnar is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat's US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government. He is a Red Hat Certified Engineer, and the author of a variety of whitepapers and lengthy emails like "New Approaches to Multilevel Security with Red Hat Enterprise Linux," "What is Virtualization?" and "Open Source on the Battlefield". He recently helped found Open Source for America and was named one of Federal Computer Week's Fed 100 for 2010.

Prior to joining Red Hat, he worked as a developer, systems administrator, and IT director for a number of Internet businesses. He has also been a business and IT consultant to not-for-profit organizations in New York City. During that time, he spearheaded the reform of safety regulations for New York State's electrical utilities following the tragic death of Jodie Lane.

When he's not spreading the Good News about open source, he's wishing he had a dog.

Dmitry Kagansky
CTO of Quest Software
Public Sector

A highly regarded industry expert, Kagansky has more than 15 years of senior management experience in developing technology solutions focused on cybersecurity, identity and access management, virtualization, and more. He started with Quest Software in 2005 as an identity management architect with the North America Commercial Group. Most recently, he managed Quest Software's Identity and Access Management technical team.

Prior to joining Quest Software, Kagansky held both technical and management positions with companies such as Xerox, Thompson Technologies and Cabot Corporation, as well as with startups such as Ask Jeeves, eTour.com and Ockham Technologies. His experience ranges from development and quality assurance, to data warehousing and system administration. In addition, Kagansky has taught undergraduate classes on web development and data management at the University of Georgia. He holds Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certifications.