The Shape of Collaboration to Come

In law enforcement, citizen services, healthcare, and other critical government functions, agencies have mandated information sharing as a top priority. However, information sharing and collaboration do not always go hand-in-hand – since the latter often demands a cultural as well as a technological component.  To ease this divide and directly improve agency outcomes, new technologies are redefining the art of collaboration and rewriting what is possible. Collaboration tools such as Google Docs and SharePoint have made inroads in the government space, largely carried by the tide of agencies migrating to the cloud.  For example, the USDA just adopted SharePoint as part of its cloud migration, connecting 120,000 users in 100 countries worldwide. And Google’s Apps for Government, unveiled in July 2010, has already gained FISMA approval and, according to a report from Government Computer News, delivered savings of up to 60 percent for local governments. These technologies now being applied across a wide range of applications – including at fusion centers as well as military and regulatory agencies –, provide concrete examples of collaboration today and hint at the shape of things to come. Join Federal Computer Week for an informative discussion on how current technologies are redefining collaboration. 

Attendees will learn: 

• The benefits delivered through current collaboration technologies, including increases in productivity, connectedness, and innovation;
• How to transform information-sharing initiatives into collaboration policies;
• How to leverage your agency’s cloud computing transitions to deliver increased performance through improved collaboration;
• How to overcome security and management issues surrounding collaboration technologies and
• Technologies on the horizon that will impact inter- and intra- agency collaboration.


Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies
US General Services Administration (GSA)


John Monroe, Editor, FCW
John has been covering the federal information technology community for 18 years, both as a reporter and editor.