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Join Bryan Kirschner, Vice President for Corporate Strategies at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, Susan Heystee, Vice President, General Manager, Global Strategic Alliances at Novell, and Susie Adams, Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Federal’s Civilian business in a lively discussion about an enterprise approach to Gov 2.0. We will explore how to enable interoperability in government IT and how an open platform with appropriate security, identity, and scalability fosters Web 2.0 in government.

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Susie Adams

Microsoft Corporation

Susie Adams is the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Federal’s Civilian business. She has over 25 years experience in IT and Computer Science and has held numerous leadership positions at Microsoft as well as several Washington area IT consulting organizations. In her present role she is responsible for managing all technical planning and IT decisions for a $600 million dollar business. Susie is noted for her leadership in standing up Microsoft’s Technology Center for the Washington DC region and is an accomplished author on the topics of IT Integration and Web development. Her most recent a book is on the development of standards based Office Business Applications. Susie is a graduate George Mason University.

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Susan Heystee

Global Strategic Alliances, Novell

Susan Heystee serves as Vice President, General Manager, Global Strategic Alliances. She is responsible for driving Novell’s strategic objectives to establish major partnership ecosystems on which to build Novell’s market relevance and growth businesses. This encompasses strategic global partnerships with leading companies such as; Accenture, Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, SAP as well as Intel and AMD. Ms. Heystee is a member of Novell’s Worldwide Executive Leadership.

Ms. Heystee also served as President of Novell Americas where she was responsible for the Novell’s business as well as transformational initiatives to orient Novell’s business for growth. Joining Novell in March, 2004, Ms Heystee served as vice president and area general manager for the Midwest Area, Novell Americas, being responsible for Novell’s business in the largest area within the Americas.

Prior to joining Novell, Ms. Heystee was vice president global channels at SSA Global, where she was responsible for leading the global channels business, driving the software license and maintenance revenue growth. Ms. Heystee also served as executive vice president worldwide sales & delivery at Baan, being responsible for leading the worldwide sales and services business.

Ms. Heystee graduated with honors from the University of Waterloo, earning a degree in mathematics with business administration.

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Bryan Kirschner

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner

Bryan Kirschner is Vice President for Corporate Strategies at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. He leads the expanding world-wide corporate strategy consulting practice, helping leading companies master non-market forces and gain a competitive edge, increase profitability, strengthen their reputations, improve their positioning, navigate political and social trends, and respond quickly and effectively to crises.
Kirschner brings a passion for finding new ways forward for clients by combining qualitative and quantitative market research with keen insight into the operational implications for business units, companies, and public agencies.

He is a ten-year veteran of Microsoft Corporation, most recently as the company’s first Director of Open Source strategy. In this role he drove development of the first company-wide positioning on open source software, including alignment across senior executive communications and significant product group strategy commitments. Industry observers such as Enterprise Software Analyst Matthew Aslett of the 451 Group have described results of this work as “a fundamental shift in the rules of engagement” that “proves…that the war between proprietary and open source is over.”

Earlier in his career at Microsoft, he served as Strategy Business Manager in the product support division, leading multi-disciplinary efforts to redefine the company’s approach to online and in-product automated support. A recognized leader in synthesizing primary research and business-case analysis into effective strategic positioning, in 2008 he was recognized as one of the Top Twenty Storytellers at Microsoft.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Kirschner worked in public policy analysis and management, developing deep expertise in the implementation of community-oriented policing. In 1994 he developed and taught a seminar at Yale University bridging the theory of community policing to its practical implications for management, personnel selection, and performance metrics in urban and suburban departments.

Kirschner holds a BA in Philosophy from Yale University.

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