Top 30 Public Sector Leaders to Watch in 2020: VMware’s Bill Rowan

Bill Rowan, VMware

For Bill Rowan, VMware’s acquisitions of Carbon Black and Pivotal/Tanzu were key achievements in 2019.

“For our federal customers, the technologies we acquired enabled us to deliver better services and improve agency efficiency,” he said.

Tools like VMware Carbon Black empowers agencies to meet federal standards and implement the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework, and VMware Tanzu (formerly Pivotal)  modernizes software development so agencies can build current and engaging digital services for citizens and so they can drive mission effectiveness — all while keeping applications and data safe.

“When we look at the first half of 2020, it really starts with COVID-19 and the way our team and our partners responded to help federal customers pivot quickly amid the pandemic,” Rowan said.

VMware was instrumental in helping the federal government pivot to a remote workforce, with a digital workspace experience that delivers access to any app on any device without compromising security or mission-delivery speeds.

“It is kind of amazing to think of all that transpired since March,” Rowan added.

And when strategizing initiatives and innovations to advance federal, state and/or local public sector missions, VMware starts with a common goal — to reduce IT complexity and the secure delivery of mission critical applications.

With that in mind, there are three key initiatives Rowan said have helped position VMware as a strategic partner to all levels of government:

  • Provide support with zero-trust methodology by securing infrastructure and applications
  • Enable government’s digital transformation and mobility for employees to work remotely
  • Maximize an agency’s investment in IT to help accelerate the adoption of Kubernetes and containers

Why Watch

COVID-19 brought unprecedented changes to America and to its government. The largest workforce in the U.S., the federal workforce, went remote overnight and completely transformed how the government was run.

“As we look ahead to the future, we will provide assistance to federal employees by giving them access to all their applications through multicloud environments — on-prem, hybrid or public cloud,” Rowan said.

VMware will also continue to help government in its adoption of containers and Kubernetes, an open source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications.

“Lastly, we are extremely excited that our VMware Cloud solution has entered the READY status as we pursue our high-impact level of [Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program] certification for VMware on AWS cloud to securely and quickly meet agencies mission needs,” Rowan added.

Read the rest of the “Top 30 Public Sector Leaders to Watch in 2020” list here.

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