Chief Technology Officer, Smithsonian Institution
Carmen Iannacone is the Chief Technology Officer for the Smithsonian Institution. He is responsible for evaluating and implementing new technologies for use in the Smithsonian IT infrastructure, and for optimizing performance of its IT operations. The Institution’s nineteen museums and research stations provide a diverse technology climate, and his role is an integral liaison between centralized IT and the public.
Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Carmen Iannacone served as director of worldwide IT operations for the Federal Acquisition Service of the General Services Administration (GSA), and was partner a software development consultancy in Alexandria, VA. He holds several patents for software and lives in Sterling, VA.
Carmen is currently on the Federal Cloud Computing Task Force.
The Smithsonian Institution is an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States and by funds from its endowment, contributions, and profits from its retail operations, concessions, licensing activities, and magazines.
While most of its 19 museums, its zoo, and its nine research centers facilities are located in Washington, D.C., sites are also located in New York City, Virginia, Panama, and elsewhere. The Smithsonian has over 136 million items in its collections, publishes two magazines named Smithsonian (monthly) and Air & Space (bimonthly), and employs the Smithsonian Police to protect visitors, staff, and the property of its museums.
The Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum complex in the world, and many of its buildings are historical and architectural landmarks. In addition, 156 other museums are Smithsonian affiliates.
Cloud computing offers a collection of cost- and performance-benefits to conventional provisioning and maintenance of IT systems. However there are a number of hurdles enterprises must consider en route to cloud adoption, and choices in weighing alternatives.
Considerations include security, migration, data stewardship, and pricing models, and these will be explored along with some discussion of how Federal officials are addressing impediments to wider adoption. Lastly, elements of the Smithsonian Institution's computing environment will be explored from the dimension of cloud consideration.