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Former United States CIO Vivek Kundra to Join Salesforce as Executive Vice President

January 16th, 2012 01:58 admin View Comments

Vivek_Kundra_150x150.jpgFormer chief information officer of the United States Vivek Kundra is joining Salesforce as its executive vice president for emerging markets. Kundra, who was the first ever CIO of the U.S., left the position in the summer of 2011 to join Harvard’s Kennedy School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society with a six-month fellowship. He joins Salesforce at a time when cloud computing is ready to be pushed across the world, a job he is specifically suited for.

President Barack Obama created the position of federal CIO when he came to office in 2009. Under Kundra’s stewardship, the U.S. government made a concerted effort to streamline its IT policies and procedures and make it more transparent. He was the figurehead behind the Data.gov and IT Dashboard initiatives (which has subsequently lost most of its funding) and the leader in moving the federal infrastructure to cloud computing. Kundra also instituted a goal for the U.S. government to shut down several hundred data centers and move to the cloud.

Kundra’s lasting legacy for federal IT is his “25-point plan.” His goal was to cut back on U.S. IT spending by making the process more efficient and implementing new technologies, such as cloud computing. Kundra oversaw a budget of nearly $80 billion while the U.S. CIO.

Before moving up to the White House, Kundra was the CIO of the District of Columbia under Mayor Adrian Fenty and previous to that the secretary of commerce and technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Kundra will be a good fit for Salesforce. As the EVP for emerging markets, there are few people more qualified to spread the word of cloud computing and its cost benefits than Kundra. In cohort with former NASA CTO Chris Kemp, the two were some of the biggest drivers of NASA’s Nebula cloud computing system that became the foundation for OpenStack.

Vivek Kundra is an amazing technology visionary who opened the eyes of millions to the transformational power of cloud computing,” said Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce in a press release. “His disruptive leadership is just what the industry needs to accelerate the social enterprise.”

Source: Former United States CIO Vivek Kundra to Join Salesforce as Executive Vice President

Vivek Kundra Quits As Federal CIO

June 16th, 2011 06:24 admin View Comments

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CWmike writes “The first person ever appointed as the CIO of the federal government, Vivek Kundra, is resigning after two and a half years on the job, the White House said Thursday. There was no hint in the announcement made by Jack Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget, that Kundra’s exit was prompted by a shift in the White House’s view on IT. Lew, who praised the CIO’s work, said Kundra was leaving to take a fellowship at Harvard. Kundra was appointed CIO a few months after President Barack Obama took office. He immediately outlined an agenda that emphasized cloud adoption, use of consumer technologies, and making data available to the public on new sites, such as data.gov. He was critical of big IT contracts that moved too slowly and were at risk of failing.”

Source: Vivek Kundra Quits As Federal CIO

Vivek Kundra Quits As Federal CIO

June 16th, 2011 06:24 admin View Comments

Government

CWmike writes “The first person ever appointed as the CIO of the federal government, Vivek Kundra, is resigning after two and a half years on the job, the White House said Thursday. There was no hint in the announcement made by Jack Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget, that Kundra’s exit was prompted by a shift in the White House’s view on IT. Lew, who praised the CIO’s work, said Kundra was leaving to take a fellowship at Harvard. Kundra was appointed CIO a few months after President Barack Obama took office. He immediately outlined an agenda that emphasized cloud adoption, use of consumer technologies, and making data available to the public on new sites, such as data.gov. He was critical of big IT contracts that moved too slowly and were at risk of failing.”

Source: Vivek Kundra Quits As Federal CIO

US Gov’t To Close 137 Data Centers In 2011, More By 2015

April 28th, 2011 04:41 admin View Comments

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1sockchuck writes “The US government has closed 39 data centers this year, and expects to shut down 98 more by the end of 2011, federal CIO Vivek Kundra said Wednesday. The 137 closures are a step towards the long-term goal of consolidating 800 of the government’s 2,094 data centers by 2015. Government agencies have identified 100 email systems and 950,000 mailboxes to migrate to a cloud computing model as part of Kundra’s ‘Cloud First’ initiative.”

Source: US Gov’t To Close 137 Data Centers In 2011, More By 2015

Vivek Kundra On US Government Inefficiency

March 5th, 2010 03:24 admin View Comments

parkland writes “Federal CIO Vivek Kundra described some dismaying government inefficiencies in a speech on Thursday at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs in Seattle. It takes 160 days to process benefits for veterans, he said, ‘because the Veteran’s Administration is processing paperwork by passing manila folders from one desk to another.’ Another example bound to make you grind your teeth is why it takes the Patent and Trademark Office 3 years to process a patent. ‘One reason,’ says Kundra, ‘is because the USPTO receives these applications online, prints them out, and then someone manually rekeys the information into an antiquated system.’”

Source: Vivek Kundra On US Government Inefficiency

US Government Begins Largest IT Consolidation in History

March 1st, 2010 03:54 admin View Comments

miller60 writes “Saying 1,100 data centers is too many, the federal government has begun what looms as the largest IT consolidation in history. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has directed federal agencies to inventory their assets by April 30 and prepare a plan to reduce the number of servers and data centers, with a focus on slashing energy costs (full memo). Kundra says some applications may be shifted to cloud computing platforms customized for government use.”

Source: US Government Begins Largest IT Consolidation in History

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