Speakers

Russ Fellers

Vice President, Air Force Enterprise Digital Solutions

SAIC

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Russ Fellers

Vice President, Air Force Enterprise Digital Solutions

SAIC

Russ Fellers is Vice President of Enterprise Digital Solutions with responsibility for leading over 350 SAIC employees across multiple Air Force IT programs. In this role, his responsibilities include leading a diverse, technical team developing, planning and executing complex enterprise solutions, including Cloud, Enterprise IT, aerial networking, data services and analytics, digital
engineering, and application migrations. Prior to his current role, he was Program Manager for the AF Cloud One program. He has 10 years of experience with industry in various program management and leadership roles, and 25 years of Active Duty Air Force service,
retiring as a Colonel in 2011.


Mr. Fellers 25 years in the AF began as a laser effects engineer, performing tests on downed Gulf War SCUD missiles that led to the sizing of the Airborne Laser weapon system. He has over 2000 flight hours on the E-3 AWACS as an Air Battle Manager and has served six times in
Southwest Asia, including a 2008 deployment on the staff of the US Army’s Multi-National Corps-Iraq as Chief of Requirements.

Russ’s acquisition experience includes directing the Airborne Laser, Small Diameter Bomb, Joint Air to Surface Strike Missile, AWACS, Joint Mission Planning System and Combat Information Transport System He was previously named Air Force Materiel Command’s Outstanding Technical Leader of the Year, Electronic Systems Center’s Program Manager of the Year and the AF’s Program Manager of the Year.

Russ has an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University and a B.A. in Physics with a minor in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. 

SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation’s most complex modernization and readiness challenges across the defense, space, federal civilian, and intelligence markets. Our robust portfolio of offerings includes high-end solutions in systems engineering and  integration; enterprise IT, including cloud services; cyber; software; advanced analytics and simulation; and training.

We are a team of 26,000 strong driven by mission, united purpose, and inspired by opportunity. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.5 billion. For more information, visit saic.com. For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom.

Bob D. Ritchie

Vice President, Software Practice Solutions and Technology Group

SAIC

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Bob D. Ritchie

Vice President, Software Practice Solutions and Technology Group

SAIC

Bob D. Ritchie is vice president of the software practice with responsibility for leading over 4,000 software engineers in support of executive-level project teams, providing technical direction and expertise for SAIC enterprise modernization initiatives. In this role, he provides the strategic vision and roadmap for the software enterprise including training, investment, and research and development; provides surge support across programs through cross-functional DevSecOps teams; and oversees cloud native, app modernization, scaled Agile, intelligent software, and development accelerator directorates. In addition, he established the Cloud One Community of Practice and holds workshops and information sharing sessions to foster deeper understanding in the broader community.

Ritchie joined SAIC in 2006 as a senior principal software engineer. He has led several Agile teams in developing, modernizing, migrating, and operating resilient, highly available, enterprise-scale software systems across the Navy, Marine Corps, Defense Logistics Agency, and Air Force.

Prior to his current role, Ritchie served as director of software engineering at Capital One, where he provided technical direction within an engineering organization of over 500 spanning multiple areas of expertise. He oversaw and guided the successful completion of major programs, including the enterprise migration of over 400 distributed applications from legacy data centers to 100% cloud infrastructure. He instilled best practices and re-usable artifacts throughout the software engineering practice, highlighted by co-founding the Capital One DevOps Guild, an organization-wide effort to establish and adopt DevSecOps best practices.

Ritchie earned his Bachelor of Science focused in Computer Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He holds all nine AWS certifications.

Adelaide O'Brien

Research Director, Government Digital Transformation Strategies

IDC Government Insights

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Adelaide O'Brien

Research Director, Government Digital Transformation Strategies

IDC Government Insights

Adelaide O'Brien is Research Director for IDC Government Insights responsible for Government Digital Transformation Strategies. Ms. O'Brien assists clients in understanding the full scope of efforts needed for digital transformation, and focuses on technology innovations such as Big Data, AI, cognitive, and cloud in the context of government use cases such as customer experience, data driven benefits and services, and public health protection.  Ms. O'Brien's research also includes a particular emphasis on journey maps that assist clients in understanding the full scope of efforts required to achieve outcomes, and she has benchmarked the maturity of deploying cloud and Big Data and analytics in the federal government. Her research also includes the threats and opportunities now facing government's ecosystems in leveraging agency information as a critical asset, allowing stakeholders to make better decisions, provide better services and experiences for constituents, and react in real time to limit liabilities and manage risks.

George Jackson

Director of Events

GovExec

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George Jackson

Director of Events

GovExec

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