Wyatt Kash | Tech champions
- By Wyatt Kash
- May 17, 2008
Editor in Chief
THIS ISSUE PAYS special tribute to 10 people who ' at a variety of levels ' are pushing the government forward with new technology approaches.
What these individuals have in common is not only a record of accomplishment but also a talent for innovation, perseverance and a leadership style that has earned the respect of their colleagues and superiors.
Their stories also open a window on the tremendous range of technology initiatives reshaping government during the past year. And the projects these men and women have been leading afford only a limited view of the much larger landscape where technology applications are advancing the work of government. Those advances include:
- Overcoming technical and cultural barriers to implementing universal identification and access control systems for government employees.
- Transforming a once-unknown group of government Web managers into the one of the world's largest such communities of practice.
- Harnessing virtualization tools to support a growing network of teleworking employees.
- Unleashing the power of radio frequency identification tags, mobile bar code scanners and wireless networks to manage logistics and fleets of federal vehicles, saving tens of millions of dollars nationwide.
- Supporting advances in high-performance computing, sensors and processing, automated language translation, and cognitive systems.
- Being among the first federal organizations to complete full adoption of the Information Technology Infrastructure Library framework.
- Leading the technical side of the largest public-sector enterprise resource planning system implementation ever accomplished.
- Building a secure, automated crime incident reporting system that ' despite local network limitations ' pulls data from remote offices worldwide into a consolidated view.
- Transforming an agency's Web site from one focused on federal compliance to one that provides resources from 9,000 state and local Web sites and provides a variety of services to small businesses.
- Pioneering the use of service-oriented architecture to improve network security and information assurance on the military's Global Information Grid while eliminating the need to install systems locally.
Such initiatives are not for the fainthearted. Nor are they the types of projects that ever totally succeed. But behind all of them are extraordinary technology leaders, whom we salute in this issue.
Wyatt Kash served as chief editor of GCN (October 2004 to August 2010) and also of Defense Systems (January 2009 to August 2010). He currently serves as Content Director and Editor at Large of 1105 Media.