CMA and Cognitio host Government Solutions and Acquisitions Roundtable

September 01, 2015 | John Frey

Notion: the convergence of technology innovation and innovative procurement capabilities have met in 2015 … and will be center stage in 2016. 
Moderated by John Frey, CMA - Deputy Program Manager for SEWP V and CIO-CS 

     Participants included:
·    Moe Vela – Managing Partner , the Vela Group and former Deputy Chief of Staff in both Obama and Clinton White House Administrations and a former        Partner at (law firm)
·    Todd Schwartzrock, Senior Program  Official from NIH / NITAAC 
·    Bob Gourley – Partner at Cognitio and former CTO in (agency name)
·    Joe Corini, President of CMA (small business with GSA, NASA SEWP V, and NIH CIO-CS contract vehicles)


The roundtable agenda was focused on five points of the convergence:

    1- The essential enabling technologies for Cloud, Cyber Security, the internet of things, analytics, and  ( more?)

    2-  The changed / changing consumption models being employed in the transition to as-a-service and cloud.

    3-  The opportunities, challenges, risks and options relative to financing of procurements and the quest to gain new ground with O&M budgets.

    4-  The significance that small businesses play in driving innovation in solutions and their role in both driving mission enabling solutions and supporting the socio economic procurement goals of the government

    5-   The significant changes and advantages that the new “next generation of GWAC” bring to the federal government with their inclusion of integrated solutions offerings for the mission oriented side of government, ease of acquisition for the procurement side of government , and best value – pre-competed quality contract holders to pull it together. 

Consensus was that the GWACs and their respective contract holders are the key to connecting the dynamic needs of the government with innovative solutions that can be easily acquired and rapidly brought on line.

John H. Frey
Director – Channels & Alliances
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