FOSE Conference & Expo 2014

FOSE Conference & Expo 2014
May 13 - 15, 2014
Walter E. Washington Convention Center 
Washington, D.C. 

Attendees:  approx. 8,000
Exhibitors:  155
Media: 74

Calysto Overview

For governmentIT professionals, the annual FOSE, orFederalOffice Systems Exposition, held in Washington, D.C. is a long-running and trusted destination to keep up-to-date on issues and technologies for their agencies. The show is produced by 1105 Media's Government Events Group and is co-located with GovSec, the government security expo.

There were approximately 8,000 attendees from federal agencies, state and local governments, law enforcement agencies, military contractors and others who came to hear about cybersecurity, the cloud and virtualization, mobile government, big data and other topics those in IT are currently wrestling with, along with policy updates from Capitol Hill.

While a popular part of any conference agenda is real-life case studies, this year’s FOSE presented one that we all hope will remain unique. The blockbuster keynote was a panel discussion: “Boston Marathon Bombing: A Collaborative Approach to Catch a Terrorist.”

The audience heard from some of those responsible for the capture of the BostonMarathon bombers. Brian McGrory, editor of The Boston Globe, moderated a discussion with Richard DesLauriers, formerSpecial Agent in Charge (SAC), Boston Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent, MassachusettsState Police; and Edward F. Davis, former Police Commissioner for the City of BostonPolice Department.

FormerBoston police commissioner Ed Davis was quoted in The Washington Post as giving some excellent advice: “You cannot make a relationship in a crisis — you have to strategically think about who you’ll be working with if the balloon goes up ... and make a concerted effort to meet them and continually work with them because so much is on the line when the crisis hits.” And during a question-and-answer session, it’s interesting that the panelists agreed the future will probably move towards drone surveillance for security crises.

Another keynote came from Thomas Donilon, formerNational Security Advisor to President Barack Obama, who gave an overview of presidential decision making, the hunt for Osama Bin Laden and his perspective on U.S.-China relations.

The individual sessions were categorized in seven tracks: Cloud and Virtualization; Cybersecurity; Mobile Government; Big Data and Business Intelligence; Records and Information Management (RIM); Project Management; and Procurement.


This is a crowd with purchasing power. According to the organizers’ prospectus, 95.5% of those who attend typically have the ability to make IT decisions and some have significant budgets: 31% have a $25+ millionIT budget; 17% have a $10+ millionIT budget; and 30% have 1+ millionIT budget.

These conferences are available for government personnel to attend free-of-charge, which helps boost attendance, and the exhibit hall was busy. There were more than 150 suppliers servicing government and private industry, including BlackBerry, Dell, Fujitsu, GitHub, Hitachi, IBM and others. Product categories included application software; biometrics; big data/big data analytics; business intelligence/dss; business AV solutions; cloud computing and virtualization; cybersecurity; data centers and data storage; disaster preparedness and recovery; enterprise content management (ECM); information assurance; infrastructure management; Internet and web services; mobile and wireless technologies, mobile computing; networking and communications; office equipment/furnishing; systems, applications, web development; records and content management/compliance; and wireless communications.

Wrap Up

The United Statesgovernment remains a huge market for IT technology and in its 37th year, FOSE remains one of the top events to reach the Federal governmentIT sector. Media opportunities are primarily with trade press, along with those in the D.C. area, and there were few new product announcements. Rather, FOSE offers good speaking opportunities, networking, and the opportunity to get face-to-face with potential buyers with healthy budgets as they perform due diligence.

Articles of Interest

In police work, technology complements shoe leather
By William Jackson
May 12, 2014

For Boston Police, social media experience pays off after bombing
By Stephanie Kanowitz
May 12, 2014

FOSE 2014 Spotlights Trends, Tactics that Drive Agency Efficiency
May 12, 2014 

Open Source Lessons For Feds
Information Week Government
By Wyatt Kash
May 15, 2014

Boston law enforcers take FOSE 2014 through catching the marathon bombing suspect
The Washington Post
By Mohana Ravindranath
May 18, 2014 

Do We Need a Title IX for STEM Workers?
By Kenneth Corbin
May 16, 2014

From combating PTSD to improving on TCP, innovation was everywhere this week
By John Breeden II
May 19, 2014

Amazon's Teresa Carlson on why she's 'a little old school
Washington Business Journal
By Jill Aitoro
May 15, 2014

FEMA CIO makes the case for ham radios, paper maps  
Fierce Government IT
By Zach Rausnitz
May 14, 2014

U.S. Must Crack Down on China's Cyber Threats
By Kenneth Corbin
May 14, 2014

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