Last week the Qlarion team attended the second annual Informatica Government Summit 2014, “Transforming Government in a Data Centric World” in Washington, DC. As a second year attendee and sponsor of #INFAGovSummit, we were excited to see that this year’s conference was even bigger and better than last year’s, with a noticeable increase in attendance. This year the conference renewed its focus on how technology can better deliver government business solutions, an objective echoed by the agencies in attendance. We were thrilled to chat with many of the attendees about how they intend to accelerate their agencies’ transformation toward a data-centric enterprise.
Several of the conference events resonated with Qlarion’s mission to help our clients use data to ask the right questions and get the right answers. Among the guest speakers was Director and General Manager of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector, Max R. Peterson, who spoke about Amazon Cloud and their Cloud Smart technology’s advances. Qlarion partners with AWS to deliver its QloudSmart technology, so we were fully on-board with Peterson’s mantra (and presentation title) to “Get Your Head in the Cloud.”
We were also glad to hear from Qlarion client James Ellis and Stephen Harvey of the Energy Information Administration. In their presentation, “Transformation in a Hybrid World,” Ellis and Harvey discussed the modernization of EIA’s decades-old technology for surveying the energy markets. The new approach will be a streamlined method that will help the EIA track energy availability more efficiently and accurately, which will help drive productivity and decrease costs. This new initiative is a great example of using new methods to better understand and leverage existing data.
We were very impressed by this year’s #INFAGovSummit and we’re already looking forward to 2015!