June 25

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The pandemic reminded us that a strong, resilient network is critical when governments need to launch digital services. Over the past year, many agencies encountered roadblocks when it came to their networks—whether connecting remote employees or enabling local branch offices to conduct online transactions. Old, hardware-based network technologies simply couldn’t provide the flexibility and agility needed to respond rapidly to changing service needs. 

Network modernization is mission-critical to support how governments work today. Join Government Technology, Ciena and Lumen on this webcast to hear how software-defined networks—which incorporate sophisticated automation and analytics—can provide agencies with connectivity that’s scalable, flexible, and secure. Register now to hear practical advice on how to modernize core and branch networks to support governments’ evolving business needs now and in the future.




Bob Woolley — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government and Former Chief Technical Architect, State of Utah

Bob was the chief technical architect for the state of Utah’s Department of Technology Services, including the development of the state’s Utah.gov portal. Utah has been widely recognized in these areas with numerous national awards. He has also been a technical lead and RFP writer for the WSCA/NASPO Cloud and Data Communication Procurements. He has experience with state, county and higher education employee skill assessments and technology upgrade implementations.

He has extensive experience with development and implementation of enterprise infrastructure and technology services. He focuses on e-government and technical architecture, with special emphasis on technical architecture implementation, planning and analysis; Web design; cloud implementation; and development of online government services. He is a specialist in Theory of Operations documentation processes and implementation of Microservice Architecture and DevOps in hybrid cloud environments.

He has worked in the public sector as a university professor and systems analyst, and in the corporate world as a company president and enterprise architect. He has a master’s degree from Utah State University. He was named as one of Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers, and has specialized in applying new and emerging technology solutions to government.


Daniele Loffreda

Marketing Lead, Ciena’s Virtualized Edge Solution, State/Local Government and Education (SLED) and Healthcare

Daniele Loffreda is Marketing Lead for Ciena’s Virtualized Edge Solution State/Local Government and Education (SLED) and Healthcare in Ciena’s Solutions Development organization. In this role he leads Ciena’s initiatives applying next generation networking technologies to help these sectors deliver higher quality experiences to their constituents through disruptive technologies, optimized cloud strategies, virtualized infrastructure and improved data security.
Daniele has more than 25 years of experience helping customers leverage Information, Communications and Technology solutions provide greater value, streamline their operations and generate higher returns on network investments. In addition to his current role at Ciena, Daniele has worked in pioneering roles at AT&T, Sprint and Fujitsu. He has presented at numerous industry conferences, and published articles and posts on next generation network connectivity as a critical foundation of enterprise transformation.



Bulent Taskan

IT Digital Transformational Leader, LUMEN (formerly CenturyLink) Public Sector