ATARC Leadership – Tom Suder

ATARC_Cyber-0490A respected thought leader in the Federal IT community, Tom Suder is the Founder & President of the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC).

Tom is also the President & Founder of advanced mobility integrator Mobilegov and he serves as a Strategic Advisor for the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training (IS&T), an internationally-renowned academic research center that utilizes modeling, simulation and virtual reality technology for the advancement of training and education. Tom joined UCF in 2010 and works with the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL), which focuses on the research and development of innovative mobile technology and Web 2.0 applications.

Tom is an active member of the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), a prominent professional organization dedicated to the improvement of Federal IT through government and industry collaboration. From 2011 to 2013, Tom was Co-Chair of the Advanced Mobility Working Group (AMWG), an influential committee that studies all facets of mobile computing and helped shape the mobility component of the Digital Government Strategy.

During 2012, Tom served as Chair of three highly-regarded conferences that focused on government mobility: the Federal Mobile Computing Summit; FOSE’s Mobile Government Conference; and 1105 Media’s Mobile Government Conference. Tom also was a lead organizer of the ACT-IAC Mobility Forum, which included several members of the administration responsible for the creation of the Digital Government Strategy.

For his enormous accomplishments in the area of government mobility, Tom was selected for the 2013 Federal 100 Awards, a prestigious honor that recognizes government and industry leaders who played pivotal roles in Federal IT in 2012 and made a made a difference in the way technology transformed the government. In addition to the Fed 100, ACT-IAC also honored Tom’s mobility work by naming him the 2012 Industry Contributor of the Year.

Another award won by Tom was the 2011 Rising Star Award, which honors up-and-coming individuals in the public and private sectors who made an early — and substantive — mark in the government IT community. The Rising Star awards program is co-sponsored by respected government IT publications Federal Computer Week (FCW), Government Computer News (GCN) and Washington Technology.

Tom has held leadership positions on numerous ACT-IAC committees including: Advanced Mobility Working Group (Co-Chair, 2011-13); IAC Executive Board Nomination Committee (Committee Member, 2010); Management of Change Conference (Industry Vice Chair, 2008); and Program Committee (Vice Chair, 2007). In 2008, Tom won the IAC Chair’s Award for outstanding service and dedication to the organization.

During his tenure on the Homeland Protection SIG in 2007, Tom implemented the first blog used within ACT-IAC, and also led a team that developed a wiki/collaboration platform using Google Sites that was used in training exercises by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Exercise Simulation Network (SIMNET).

In addition to his ACT-IAC committee work, Tom has been a lead contributor on several high-profile government collaboration initiatives within the organization. In 2011, he served as ACT-IAC Working Group Leader on the Myth Busters campaign, which was Point No. 25 in Federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s 25-point IT Management Reform Program. In 2010, he served as the ACT-IAC Working Group Leader for the Better Buy Project – an idea he proposed – which had a goal of helping make government acquisition more open and transparent by using social media tools and collaboration. While the project started out as an experiment by the General Services Administration, it has now become a new way of doing procurements by GSA.

Prior to joining academia in 2010, Tom spent 15 years as the Co-Founder and Vice President of Concert Technologies, where he applied numerous innovative methods as the company expanded its technology implementation services from nationwide to internationally in over 100 countries. Tom was an early adapter in the area of cloud computing, spearheading the company’s e-mail migration to the cloud in 2006, followed by the migration of all company applications to the cloud one year later.

During his tenure at Concert, Tom was also an early proponent of social media and workplace collaboration, as he used these tools internally in the mid-2000s to improve existing systems and processes, as well as develop a dashboard concept that used metrics to rate employee performance. Tom also developed the company’s customer service portal, which provided real-time information on high-profile implementations involving government end users, and he used open source technology to create a cutting-edge intelligence-gathering tool that allowed the company to better serve its existing customers and develop new customers.