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Data Management in the Age of Cloud

In the age of cloud modernization that unlocks better data-computing practices, agencies are faced with different challenges around managing that data. These challenges can include tactics to connect cloud, on-prem and other systems in a hybrid environment, or overseeing change management efforts to recruit and train the workforce properly. With the current widespread move to zero-trust architecture, getting a handle on these challenges are necessary for agencies to maintain efficient data flow and operations. Agencies with different infrastructure approaches and missions have varying degrees for how they are treating their cloud environments and how they are encouraging industry support in these areas.


Inside, read insights from:

  • State Department Director of Cloud Programs Brian Merrick on the three key aspects of a transition to the cloud
  • NIH Associate Director for Data Science Susan Gregurick on harmonizing data across NIH's institutes for use at scale
  • Denodo SVP and Chief Evangelist Paul Moxon on data virtualization
  • Army Deputy Director of People Analytics Kristin Saling on data literacy

...and more!

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Dave Catanoso has over 25 years of experience in fields ranging from database development, enterprise architecture design, and enterprise cloud solutions, contributing to a solid track record of success culminating in the overall growth of multiple technology initiatives. Mr. Catanoso led a cross-organizational team over three years to design and implement the VA Enterprise Cloud (VAEC), capable of hosting most of the VA’s applications. The VAEC is designed to be controlled by the VA and to accommodate all applications up to and including the FedRAMP High security level.

Prior to joining the VA in 2011, Mr. Catanoso worked in the private sector, serving in roles related to project management, strategic planning, and systems integration. He also served as a Signal Officer in the US Army. A native of New Jersey, Mr. Catanoso holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 2017 he completed the Senior Executive Fellows program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

He currently serves as the Acting Director of Cloud and Edge Solutions (CES) in Infrastructure Operations, which is part of Development, Security, and Operations at the Department of Veterans Affairs. CES is responsible for coordinating IT products and services within VA’s Office of Information and Technology and provides specialized solutions that align with stakeholder requirements. Previously he was Director of VA’s Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office, overseeing the efficient migration to and utilization of cloud technology and leveraging cloud solutions for the benefit of VA customers and, ultimately, Veterans.

Acting Director, Cloud and Edge Solutions, Infrastructure Operations, DevSecOps, VA

Susan K. Gregurick, Ph.D., was appointed Associate Director for Data Science and Director of the Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) at the National Institutes of Health on Sept. 16, 2019. Under Dr. Gregurick’s leadership, the ODSS leads the implementation of the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science through scientific, technical, and operational collaboration with the institutes, centers, and offices that comprise NIH. Dr. Gregurick was instrumental in the creation of the ODSS in 2018 and served as a senior advisor to the office until being named to her current position.

Dr. Gregurick was previously the Division Director for Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Prior to joining the NIH in 2013, Dr. Gregurick was a program director in the Office of Biological and Environmental Research at the Department of Energy.

Before beginning a career of government service, Dr. Gregurick was a professor of computational chemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her research interests included dynamics of large biological macromolecules, and her areas of expertise are computational biology, high performance computing, neutron scattering and bioinformatics.

Dr. Gregurick received her undergraduate degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Maryland.

Associate Director for Data Science and Director of the Office of Data Science Strategy, NIH

Paul Moxon is the SVP Data Architectures and Chief Evangelist at Denodo. He works with customers to help them understand the benefits of data virtualization and advises them on how the Denodo Platform fits into their information architecture. Paul has over 30 years of experience with enterprise middleware technologies with leading software companies such as BEA Systems and Progress Software.

SVP, Data Architecture and Chief Evangelist, Denodo
Lt. Col. Kristin Saling
Lt. Col. Kristin Saling
Deputy Director, People Analytics, U.S. Army
Brian Merrick
Brian Merrick
Director, Cloud Programs, Department of State


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