William Ruh is the chief executive officer for GE Digital as well as the senior vice president and chief digital officer (CDO) for GE. GE Digital, a $6B business of General Electric, provides premier digital software solutions and services for the industrial world. GE Digital supports customers globally with a broad range of Industrial Internet applications, from asset performance management, operations optimization and brilliant manufacturing to platform-as-a-service, cloud and cyber security. As the CDO, Ruh is responsible for global IT as well as creating GE’s Digital Thread a next generation system for streamlining design, manufacturing and support processes.
Ruh joined GE in 2011 to establish its Industrial Internet strategy and to lead the convergence of the physical and digital worlds within GE globally. In this role, he focused on building out advanced software and analytics capabilities, as well as driving the global strategy, operations and portfolio of software services across all of GE’s businesses. During his tenure, Ruh led the charge to develop the first cloud-based platform for the industrial world. He also played an instrumental role in establishing the Industrial Internet Consortium by bringing together government, academia and industry leaders for setting the standards, best practices and processes for the Industrial Internet.
Prior to this, Ruh was vice president at Cisco where he held global responsibility for developing advanced services and solutions. A 30 year veteran of the software and internet industries, Ruh has held executive management positions at Software AG, Inc., The Advisory Board, The MITRE Corporation and Concept 5 Technologies. Ruh is an accomplished author and a frequent speaker on such topics as emerging business models, cloud computing, analytics, mobile computing, agile development, large scale distributed systems and M2M communications. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from California State University, Fullerton.
Amazon Web Services
Mark Ryland is the global technology leader for the Amazon Web Service (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector (WWPS) team. Ryland leads a team of solutions architects and professional services engineers who provide technical evangelism, architectural guidance, knowledge transfer and cloud implementation services to government, education, nonprofit and non-governmental organization customers around the world. In addition to building and managing a large technical team, Ryland is an expert in distributed systems, networking, cybersecurity and identity and access management. He also serves as a key interface between public sector customers and the engineering, security, and compliance teams at AWS, ensuring that public sector requirements are given priority in plans and roadmaps for the fast-developing AWS cloud platform.
Ryland has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, beginning with Microsoft Federal Systems in the U.S., where he began his technical career as a senior architectural engineer in 1991. He continued at Microsoft for ten years, serving in a variety of software engineering and technical marketing roles in the Systems Group. In the late 1990s he started and ran the first standards organization at Microsoft, serving as director of standards strategy until 2000. Subsequently, Ryland served as CTO of two startup companies, as well as vice president and director of the Washington, D.C. office of a Seattle-based public policy group. He rejoined Microsoft in 2008 as national standards officer for the USA, later switching back to an engineering role as a principal program manager in Microsoft’s identity and access team, before joining AWS in September 2011 to lead the WWPS solutions architecture team. Ryland brings a rich set of software engineering, distributed systems, cybersecurity, technical evangelism, public policy and management skills to the WWPS team and its customers.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Andrew Shatto is director of the Data Development and Services Group (DDSG) within the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Shatto’s group is responsible for creating and maintaining data systems designed to provide CMS, government agencies and outside researchers the information necessary to conduct health services research. DDSG manages the Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse which includes the Research Data Distribution Center and the CMS Virtual Research Data Center. DDSG also manages the Research Data Assistance Center which assists private researchers in understanding and acquiring CMS data. In addition, DDSG develops a variety of data products designed to provide CMS data to researchers in a linked, secure way, allowing analysis on Medicare beneficiaries to be completed across a broad continuum of care. Shatto has served as CMS since 1997.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Louis Halbert serves as the NGA chief data officer and is the senior advisor to the agency leadership and GEOINT functional manager on information and data management strategy. Halbert also serves as the NGA senior component official for privacy. He previously served as the execution lead for data standards and governance for the NGA Analytic Capabilities Portfolio, acting director of the Office of Military Support, and several other leadership positions at NGA. Halbert deployed as the IT lead for GEOINT operations in Iraq in 2008. He began his career in the U.S. Army Reserve in radio communication, intelligence systems maintenance and imagery analysis. Halbert’s military and civilian awards include the Director of National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, NGA Meritorious Unit Citation, Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal and Army Commendation Medal.