There are a lot of challenges for a CTO, most involving the need to focus on day to day issues such as ensuring that customers, BD and program organizations see value in the investments that CTOs are making. What is a CTO to do? One outcome of this Council is to bring in outside speakers and facilitate peer discussion on how to approach/solve some of the challenges below:
- Post-COVID potential “new normal”
- Changes in the pace of innovation and government acquisition
- Future of work and workforce development
- Fast changing regulations especially in cybersecurity
- Capital investments and R&D challenges in the face of global issues like the rise of China’s innovation ecosystem and the long-term threats that poses to the US.
- Discussion of different roles of a GovCon CTO and how to add more value to your company
Charles Onstott, CTO, SAIC
Charles Onstott is senior vice president and chief technology officer of SAIC.
He is responsible for driving SAIC’s technology strategy which emphasizes development of solutions and strategic alliances across a broad portfolio of technology capabilities, including information technology, training and simulation, advanced analytics, hardware and platform integration, and logistics and supply chain. He oversees SAIC’s research and development, strategic alliances, product management capabilities, and the SAIC Fellows Program. During his 25 years in the technology industry, Charles has been a successful innovator and served in many capacities, including technical leadership, general management, and executive roles.
Prior to his role as SAIC’s CTO, Charles was an SVP and Service Line Manager for SAIC’s services in key emerging technologies, Cloud, Cyber and Data Science. Under his leadership SAIC significantly grew its capabilities and revenues in these services, including expanding SAIC’s cyber practice in to new areas and customers, significantly growing SAIC’s cloud computing business across an array of customer markets, and leading the development of SAIC’s capabilities in Data Science and analytics.
Early in his career, he was the Chief Technologist for SAIC’s Integrated Services Management Center (ISMC) which was SAIC’s most successful IT service delivery organization. He was responsible for overall technology leadership as well as program portfolio management. He has developed IT infrastructure solutions that support more than 400,000 users worldwide in multiple industries with a focus on Federal Civilian agencies and DoD. He has managed numerous IT service and data center consolidation projects. These projects produced significant cost savings in systems development and maintenance while improving overall customer satisfaction.
As an early advocate for cloud computing, Charles was on the forefront of developing SAIC’s capabilities in cloud computing, including providing executive oversight in 2011 for SAIC’s implementation of its own Enterprise Private Cloud. In 2013, he established SAIC’s Enterprise Solutions Lab which is a hybrid cloud used for research and development and is a cloud computing center of excellence. More recently, he has been focused on developing SAIC’s capabilities in X as a Service delivery.
Charles has long been fascinated by the American experience of living at the intersection of advanced technology, rapid innovation, and a generally religious culture. He has two teenagers who challenge his thinking on privacy issues. In his spare time, he participates in Mountain Bike endurance races.
David Egts, Chief Technologist, North America Public Sector, Red Hat
David Egts is the Chief Technologist of Red Hat’s North America Public Sector organization where he directs a global team of technical experts and field product management to help government clients improve service delivery the open source way. The Office of Chief Technologist, which he leads, adds value to flagship Red Hat technologies such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, OpenShift, and Linux containers. His team helps Red Hat achieve ideal product-market fit by ensuring current and future government requirements are factored into existing products and R&D efforts with a focus on security, compliance, standards, efficiency, and technological improvements. The government readiness activities performed by his team positively impacts public and private sector organizations in the US and internationally with a particular focus on Australia, Canada, Japan, and the UK.
David’s dynamic outward-facing role as a coalition builder reinforces and expands Red Hat’s relations with key government and open source community stakeholders nationally and internationally. He is a trusted Red Hat media spokesperson whose deep technical dives, C-suite policy discussions, and keynote speaker abilities enhance Red Hat’s technical reputation and positioning.
David received industry-wide recognition as a FedScoop 50 Industry Leadership awardee and a finalist for WashingtonExec’s Chief Officer Awards. He is a Red Hat Chairman's Award recipient and has won multiple highest employee honors from previous employers Silicon Graphics and Concurrent Technologies Corporation. He is a past Co-Chair on the Board of Directors for the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Software & Services Division (SSD) and is an active member of the Agile Government Leadership Association and the AFCEA DC Emerging Technologies Working Group. David is a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) and a three-time graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS and MS in Computer Science and an Executive MBA (Katz Graduate School of Business).