Skip to Content
Author's profile photo Thomas Lynch

Get Inspired at the SAP Federal Forum

How do you navigate the world of digital transformation for the public sector? It’s important to not just jump on the bandwagon of the latest technology, but it’s just as crucial to stay on the cutting edge in order to provide the best services for constituents and save money.  To embrace this tricky landscape, it’s important to look to leaders in the industry and learn from their experience. Join the SAP Federal Forum on March 15th in Washington, D.C., to hear from public sector and technology leaders and gain inspiration on a wide range of topics, including leadership, innovation, and the Internet of Things (IoT).


In a Keynote interview, U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal will discuss lessons in leadership with Jen Morgan, President of SAP North America. A one-of-a-kind commander with a remarkable record of achievement, General McChrystal is widely praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations. He is also known for developing and implementing the counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the way military agencies interact and operate.

As a former member of one of the largest public sector groups, General McChrystal has unique insight into government infrastructure, and staying nimble in a changing world.  He will share his field-tested leadership lessons, which stress an inclusive model that focuses on building teams capable of relentlessly pursuing results.


It can be a challenge when public sector minds don’t understand the world of technology, or when the technology field can’t grasp the needs of the public sector.  As an advisor with experience in both industries, Alec Ross bridges the gap and is helping drive technological change in the public sector. After bringing his technological expertise to President Obama’s first campaign, the role of Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State was created for Ross. In this role, he maximized the potential of technology and innovation in the service of the United States’ diplomatic goals. Now in his new book, The Industries of the Future, he is sharing how the next wave of innovations will disrupt markets and workplaces around the world.

In Ross’ keynote address he will discuss innovation and technology at the intersection of government, business, and education.  His distinct perspective will prove inspiring to any public sector worker hoping to embrace innovation.  Ross will also be signing copies of his new book at lunch during the forum.

The Internet of Things

Hardik Bhatt has spent his life working in both the public sector and the technology industry. On the municipal level, Bhatt was the Chief Information Officer for the City of Chicago and Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology for five years. During his time in Chicago, Bhatt built and led the Smart Chicago program, which improved access to affordable broadband internet and increased technology awareness, talent, and use.  Bhatt was appointed CIO for the State of Illinois in March 2015 after five years working in the private sector for Cisco Systems.  In his position as Senior Director with Cisco, Bhatt lead the market development of the IoT for the global public sector.  He worked with mayors, governors, CIOs, and Prime Ministers around the globe to extract value by connecting the public assets like parking spots, vehicle fleets, and streetlights.

In an interview with Brian Roach, Managing Director of Regulated Industries for SAP, Bhatt will share the state government perspective on how to utilize the IoT.  As one of the top technological innovations today, it’s important for the public sector to understand and embrace what the IoT has to offer.

On March 15th, join your peers across leading government organizations, senior-level federal executives, technology experts, and industry thought leaders to discuss these topics and more at SAP Federal Forum. RSVP today

Assigned Tags

      Be the first to leave a comment
      You must be Logged on to comment or reply to a post.