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CES Government 2020 Announces TBM Executive Roundtable and Training Program @ CES

September 2, 2019

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Mary Shea Sutherland, MaryShea@CESGovernment.com

(Vienna, Va.) – CES Government, the exclusive government technology partner of CES www.ces.com, announced today that Technology Business Management (TBM), will be the focus of an Executive Roundtable and half day training session at CES Government’s 15th anniversary program to be held January 9-11, the Park MGM Hotel at CES, Las Vegas www.cesgovernment.com.

At its core. TBM provides technology leaders a disciplined process for IT portfolio management.  Practically a default process in large commercial enterprises, TBM is gaining momentum across all jurisdictions of government as well, US Federal in particular.   With technology changing almost as soon as it is deployed, TBM provides needed cost transparency to IT portfolios so that CIOs, CFOs and management/mission executives can better assess, plan and procure.

“TBM brings order to IT portfolio management, and we are pleased that is the first announced Roundtable for CES Government 2020,” said CES Government CEO Don Upson.  “The corresponding TBM workshop gives government attendees especially a deeper dive into TBM core principles, best practice case studies and as January well as an execution roadmap.”

Twelve executive roundtables open CES Government on 9th, each with 8-10 participants. These Roundtables differentiate CES Government and spark conversations that last throughout the conference and beyond.  “These are not panels,” Upson stated.  “Executive Roundtables are substantive discussions between the most senior leaders making a difference in technology as applied to government missions.”  Roundtable participants are drawn from US Federal, American state and Local, select US partner nations and some of the most recognized technology innovators.

Executive Roundtable topics and themes are announced and may be viewed on CES Government’s Website. Additional topics may be added in the coming months.

About CES Government
CES Government kicks off the year each January for those leading the digital transformation in information technology as applied to government missions. Anchored in US Federal, and with global reach, the primarily by-invitation agenda brings together the most senior government and business technology professionals, all against the backdrop of the world’s most prestigious technology showcase: CES.  partner nations. CES Government is produced by the Government Business Executive Forum.

About the Government Business Executive Forum
The Government Business Executive Forum (GBEF) is a premier network of top government and technology professionals in business and government.   As with CES Government, the GBEF is anchored in US Federal and global in its reach.  The GBEF produces an annual program of meetings, events and activities that enable substantive discussions and relationships, so vital in today’s rapidly evolving technology landscape.


“TBM: Making Sense of IT”

The Cloud and IT modernization together represent a top priority for government IT leaders today.  A laudable objective, but far more complex to achieve in a world where technologies change as fast as they are deployed.  The Cloud enables AI, advanced analytics, 5G the IOT and other transformational capabilities, which together offer unprecedented opportunities to record performance efficiencies and advance government missions.  At the same time, the pace of change and the rapid evolution of these new capabilities make IT portfolio management more challenging than ever.  And more important to accomplish.

Enter Technology Business Management or TBM.

In large commercial enterprises, TBM is rapidly becoming the default process for IT portfolio management.  Government, too, has innovative executives deploying best-practice TBM across their portfolios.  At its core, TBM answers basic questions and provides both benchmarks and a foundation to understand and manage changing IT environments.  TBM adds discipline to IT chaos.  It generates asset inventories, identifies costs, and thereby enables cost transparency, which is essential to sound budget and mission management.

Effective TBM opens the door to improved mission performance, indeed, mission relevance.  It creates a comprehensible blueprint that makes the case for high-value IT investments, while at the same time providing insights into investments whose time has passed.

The CES Government TBM Roundtable focuses on the above from the perspectives of government and business leaders who embrace TBM as essential to their mission or business.



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Lim Vermeer (co-moderator)

Cost Perform Corporation

Maria Roat (co-moderator)

Chief Information Officer
US Small Business Administration (awaiting final confirmation)

Teddy Vagias

Mason-Harriman Corporation

Dominic Cussatt

Principal Deputy CIO
US Department of Veterans Affairs (awaiting final confirmation)


Debbie Stephens

Deputy Chief Information Officer
US Patent and Trademark Office

Shiva Verma

Grant Thornton



“UNDERSTANDING TBM” Training at CES Government 2020

An in-depth half day immersion in TBM – core principles, case studies and roadmap – will be open to CES Government 2020 attendees (separate registration required).  The workshop primarily is targeted for government attendees.  The program is scheduled for January 9th and will begin at 8:00AM at the Park MGM hotel.  Attendees will be invited to the TBM Executive Roundtable that follows the training. Seating is limited and registration is required.

For more information, https://cesgovernment.regfox.com/ces-government-2020-tbm-training.