TechAmerica Foundation : TechAmerica Foundation Big Data Commission

TechAmerica Foundation Big Data Commission

Data in the world is doubling every 18 months. Across government everyone is talking about the concept of Big Data, and how this new technology will transform the way Washington does business. Looking past the excitement, many questions remained unanswered- until now.

To help provide the government’s senior policy and decision makers the essential information to using Big Data to better serve the American people, the TechAmerica Foundation gathered some of the greatest thinkers on Big Data to create a comprehensive road map.

The TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission worked diligently to put together the most comprehensive report on Big Data, releasing its findings October 3, 2012, and to help answer these critical questions and many more.

  • What is Big Data, really? How is it defined?
  • What capabilities are required to succeed?
  • How do you use Big Data to make intelligent decisions?
  • How will agencies effectively govern and secure huge volumes of information, while protecting privacy and civil liberties?
  • And perhaps most importantly, what value will it really deliver to the US Government and the citizenry we serve?

The Report

The report, “Demystifying Big Data: A Practical Guide to Transforming the Business of Government can be accessed here.

Case Studies

Commission Leadership

The Big Data Commission was chaired by Steven A. Mills, Senior Vice President and Group Executive, Software & Systems, IBM Corporation and Steve Lucas, Global Executive Vice President and General Manager, SAP Database & Technology. Serving as vice chairs of the commission were Teresa Carlson, Vice president Global Public Sector, Amazon Web Services and Bill Perlowitz, Chief Technology Officer, Science, Technology and Engineering Group, Wyle.

Serving as the Academic Co-Chairs were Dr. Michael Rappa, founding director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University and principal architect of its Master of Science in Analytics degree; and Dr. Leo Irakliotis, Dean and National Director for the College of Information Technology at Western Governors University (WGU).

Steven A. MillsSteven A. Mills, Co-Chairman
Senior Vice President and Group Executive
Software & Systems
IBM Corporation
Steve LucasSteve Lucas, Co-Chairman
Global Executive Vice President
and General Manager
SAP Database & Technology
Teresa CarlsonTeresa Carlson, Vice-Chair
Vice President
Global Public Sector
Amazon Web Services
Bill PerlowitzBill Perlowitz, Vice-Chair
Chief Technology Officer
Science, Technology and Engineering Group
Dr. Michael RappaDr. Michael Rappa, Academic Co-Chair
Director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics and Distinguished University Professor
North Carolina State University
Dr. Leo IrakliotisDr. Leo Irakliotis, Academic Co-Chair
Dean and National Director for the College of Information Technology
Western Governors University (WGU)

 Commission Members

The commission membership was comprised of leading experts on Big Data and representing both industry and academia, along with a government advisory board with the objective of providing guidance on how Government Agencies should be leveraging Big Data to address their most critical business imperatives, and how Big Data can drive U.S. innovation and competitiveness.

Manish Agarwal
President Federal and Solution Services
Attain, LLCBill Mann
Senior Vice President, Data Management
CA TechnologiesHemant Sharma
Vice President
John Igoe
Executive Director of Revolutionary Cloud
and Big Data Solutions
Mike Olson
Rich Campbell
Chief Technologist
EMC Federal
Yogesh Khanna
Vice President & CTO, North American Public Sector
Ray Muslimani
Founder and CEO
James Norton
Vice President, Washington Operations
Strategy and Communications
General Dynamics C4 Systems
Sevag Ajemian
President & CEO
Steve Perkins
National Managing Director
Technology Industry Practice
Grant Thornton LLP
Prem Jadhwani
Senior Technologist & Solutions Architect
GTSI CorporationRick Sullivan
Vice President
Applications & Business Services
U.S. Public Sector Region
HP Enterprise Services
Stephen Coggeshall
Chief Technology Officer
ID Analytics
Richard W. Johnson
Chief Technology Officer & Vice President
Lockheed Martin IS&GS
Michael Van Chau
Vice President of Cyber Strategy & Development
MEI Technologies
Raghu Ramakrishnan
Technical Fellow, CTO
Information Services and Director, Cloud and Information Services Lab
Tim Bradley
Senior Vice President Cloud
Dale Wickizer
CTO, US Public Sector
Eric Gillespie
Founder and CEO
Poplicus, Inc. – Symphony Technology Group
David Shacochis
VP, Global Public Sector
Savvis, A CenturyLink Company
Bill Cull
Vice President of Public Sector
Rich Rosenthal
Chief Technology Officer
TASC, Inc.