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OPEN FIRST: Building a foundation for choice and security

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  • 23 octobre 2018
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Sheraton Grand Sacramento
Red Hat and Intel

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Federal, state and local agencies are under pressure to innovate and modernize IT, now more than ever. The innovation of today, that enables agencies to modernize and stay modern, is happening in open source.

It’s more than technology. It’s people and processes, too. Open source communities, collaboration and software are the driving force behind innovation in today’s digital world. Red Hat, the world’s open source software leader, is helping agencies modernize applications and infrastructure, speed application development, move workloads to the cloud, and adopt DevOps, with choice and security.

Join Red Hat, Intel and your government peers to hear how agencies are harnessing the power of open source technologies and principles to solve the problems that are unique to your mission.

Event highlights:

  • Inspirational keynotes on digital transformation and IT optimization
  • An update on the status of open source adoption in state and local agencies
  • Containers and automation technology briefings
  • Real world story of enterprise application modernization at a state agency
  • Networking with government leaders, peers and open source experts

This event is complimentary. Food and drinks will be provided.

Space is limited for this event, register now to reserve your seat.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Registration
1:30 p.m. Welcome
Presented by: Mike Darretta, Senior Solutions Architect Manager, State, Local and Education, Red Hat
1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Opening Remarks
Presented by: Adam Clater, Chief Architect, North America Public Sector, Red Hat
1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Balancing Speed & Stability: Digital Transformation for Government
Presented by: Adam Clater, Chief Architect, North America Public Sector
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. The AWS Difference
Mark Spitzer, Principal Sales Executive - California State and Local Government, Amazon Web Services
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Optimize IT Infrastructure and Modernize Legacy Applications
Presented by: Chuck Svoboda, OpenShift Practice Lead, North America Public Sector, Red Hat
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. BREAK
3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Red Hat Solutions on Microsoft Azure
Presented by: Jim Zimmerman, Program Manager for Managed OpenShift on Azure, Microsoft.
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Government Keynote
Presented by: Baird Cowen, Chief Technology Officer, California Department of Consumer Affairs
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Automation to drive out complexity, lower cost and increase security
Presented by: Tony Ten Broeck, Solutions Architect, North America Public Sector, Red Hat
4:30 - 4:45 p.m Closing
Adam Clater, Chief Architect, North America Public Sector, Red Hat
4:45 - 6:00 p.m. Networking

Adam Clater, Chief Architect, North America Public Sector, Red Hat
Adam Clater is the Chief Architect of Red Hat's North America Public Sector organization. He works internationally with federal agencies, integrators and Red Hat partners & Communities to promote and define the use of enterprise open source solutions.

Adam has experienced first hand the evolving role that I.T. has played in the federal government for nearly two decades, starting with his role as a Systems Administrator at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1997.

Baird Cowan, Chief Technology Officer, California Department of Consumer Affairs
Baird has been working in the technology industry since the early 90s first as a system administrator for EdFund, then as a supervisor for the California Department of Justice’s Linux/Unix technology team. As Chief Technology Officer for the California Department of Consumer Affairs since January 2016, Baird directs strategic technical vision for the department and anticipates, plans and acts on shifts in technology. A CTO with a proven track record of leadership in areas of technology and product he has moved the Department of Consumer Affairs towards an open first, cloud first technology plan that positions the department and it’s 38 Boards and Bureaus for a solid IT future.

Mark Spitzer, Principal Sales Executive - California State and Local Government, Amazon Web Services
Mark Spitzer has managed Amazon Web Services’ relationship with the state government of California since he started with AWS in early 2014. For over 25 years Mark has served the public sector’s Information Technology needs. He has a passion for helping government transform its service delivery models, even though change often seems hardest within government. He is a self-professed geek and an ardent advocate of Amazon’s distinctive culture.


Chuck Svoboda, OpenShift Practice Lead, Public Sector, Red Hat
Chuck Svoboda is the OpenShift Practice Lead for Red Hat’s Public Sector team, responsible for evangelizing Modern Application Delivery through Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, OpenShift and Red Hat’s middleware offerings, such as data and API Management product suites. Chuck ensures customer success by helping them adopt a DevOps culture.

With over ten years of hands-on keyboard development experience, Chuck is a Software Developer at heart. He has owned development initiatives in data, middleware, and UX areas. Chuck is excited to be working in the containerization revolution and remains a tinkerer to emerging technologies.

Prior to joining Red Hat, Chuck was a Field Engineer at EMC’s spinoff, Pivotal Software, and an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, championing the inaugural year of their Strategic Innovation Group. Preceding Booz Allen, Chuck was product owner of Asurion’s Financial Services IT vertical, enabling initiatives to establish a customer base in the EU and APAC regions.

Chuck relocated from his hometown, Kansas City Missouri, to Baltimore in 2011 where he currently resides. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri. Additionally, Chuck is a PMI Project Management Professional. In his personal time, he enjoys alpine skiing, photography, and running.

Engage with Chuck at and @Chuckernetes on Twitter.

Informations pratiques

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J St.
Magnolia Ballroom
Sacramento, CA 95814

Parking will be hosted by Red Hat.

If you have any questions please send us an email.

Red Hat expects our attendees to conduct themselves professionally and respectfully. If you need assistance relating to conduct by an attendee, please contact Red Hat's OPEN FIRST events team.