Guest Blogger


Guest Blogger

Monday, November 8th, 2010 - 13:00

The IBM Center for The Business of Government will be hosting many guest bloggers to contribute their thoughts to this blog.  Below, you'll find our guests' biographies in order of appearance.

David Abel is Vice President and Partner with IBM Global Business Services for Public Sector Systems Integration. In this role, he leads an organization which develops solutions and systems addressing client needs across the Federal government, State & Local government, healthcare and education industries.

Tom Temin is a respected commentator on government IT issues and is the Editor of  Tom is co-host of The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Jane Norris, a weekday morning news and talk program on WFED AM 1500 in Washington D.C. His Twitter feed is #FedSecurity.

Johnny Barnes is the General Manager Technology and CTO for IBM's Global Business Services. Mr. Barnes has over 35 years of experience with IBM, holding a variety of product, solution development, staff, system architecture, management and executive positions.  Currently, as General Manager Technology and Corporate Technology Officer, Mr. Barnes has responsibility for IBM’s WW Public Sector Technical and Solution Strategy and expanding IBM’s Public Sector transformation service business. 

Greg Greben is Vice President and Market Leader for Business Analytics and Optimization (BAO), IBM Global Business Services, US Public Sector

Mr. Danto has more than thirty years experience in identifying underlying information technology and business operational problems, designing and delivering workable solutions, and optimizing operational performances.  Mr. Danto is a recognized speaker on the Effective Use of Information Technology to Achieve Business Process Reengineering Goals and Migration to Shared Services. He has been a guest speaker re-engineering conferences including the National Reinventing Government Conference, National DoD Logistics Conference, GSA’s IRMCO and IPIC Conferences. He has also been referenced in three national publications.

Ravi Bansal is a project executive and a strategist at IBM Global Business Services.  In addition, Mr. Bansal is a strategist for IBM federal’s cloud computing and smarter government initiatives. He authored 5E framework for targeted IT consolidation and the strategic framework for cloud alliances. Mr. Bansal is a 2011 MBA degree candidate at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Doug Ichiuji is a Senior Vice President of Government Services, U.S. Bank. With more than 25 years of progressive management positions in Government and industry, Mr. Douglas Ichiuji leads U.S. Bank's Public Sector Payment Solutions business.  Mr. Ichiuji leads a team of professionals across North America dedicated to providing payment products and services to public sector enterprises at all levels.  Before joining U.S. Bank, Mr. Ichiuji served as the Director of Government Services for VISA, USA.  

As a former executive with the Department of the Treasury, Mr. Ichiuji managed and implemented large, complex financial transaction programs including the IRS Lockbox Network.  He directed or supported multi-agency management initiatives, including serving on Vice President Al Gore’s National Performance Review Team.    For his work, Mr. Ichiuji received the Treasury “Secretary’s Award.

Eric Strauss is an Associate Partner and Service Area Leader (SAL) within IBM’s Global Business Services’ Public Sector. Mr. Strauss has more than 15 years of experience supporting Public and Commercial clients. He currently serves as the Supply Chain Planning SAL and leads projects within the US Army. Over the past seven years, Mr. Strauss has served as an Account Manager, Project Executive, Program Manager, and Project Manager for more than two-dozen Public Sector projects and launched a new IBM solution offering called the Impact of Future Technology (IoFT).

Mr. Strauss has been recognized repeatedly for excellence in project delivery and sales. He earned his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business in 2008 and graduated with a BS in Management from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management in 1995. Mr. Strauss also completed the Defense Acquisition University’s Executive Program Manager Course in 2009 and received a Certificate in Logistics from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2008.