Becoming a Digital Enterprise


Mar 29 2023


5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Becoming a Digital Enterprise

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Architecting the Business of Automation

Date: Wednesday, March 29th, 5:00 PM-7:30 PM CST

Location: Axient 360D Quality Circle NW Huntsville, AL


Companies that can predictably and efficiently deliver to public sector customers win contracts. From infrastructure provisioning, security, and maintenance, to building and deploying pipelines, Red Hat, HashiCorp, and GitLab are the pillars of modern automation initiatives. Skills in these tools are in high demand, and the business impact of having expertise in automation is significant.

Finding and keeping the critical personnel to design, maintain, and scale early automation initiatives is getting more complex. Turnover of crucial talent can leave a program stranded with ungoverned or poorly understood automation. The catch is that everyone caught on at the same time, and now the scramble is on.

To address the customer's mission, Fierce Software is championing an effort to architect the business of automation. We are bringing together the companies driving the present and future of DevSecOps automation for an evening event in Huntsville. There, industry and government leaders will talk about what is critical for the enterprise and the mission.

Come and join us for a fantastic event!

Agenda At A Glance

  • 5:00 PM

    Networking Heavy Hors d’oeuvres  & Drinks

  • 5:30 PM

    Opening Remarks - Where we fit in the Digital Enterprise, Why Red Hat, GitLab, and HashiCorp

  • 6:00 PM

    Architecting the Business of Automation - Demonstration

  • 6:30 PM

    Panelist Discussion - Integrated Automation

  •  7:00 PM

    Q&A and Closing Remarks

Our Panelists

  • Nathan Apodaca

    Nathan Apodaca:

    Nathan “Nate” Apodaca is Vice President and Division Manager within the Civil Group at Leidos leading the NASA IT line of business valued at $6B. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading over 1200 highly technical engineers, system administrators, developers and IT professionals providing innovative approaches and technologies while delivering high-quality information technology solutions to NASA.

    As the leader of the NASA portfolio Nathan has received numerous awards and acknowledgments from Leidos as well as industry. He has been awarded Program Manager of the year, Executive of the Year, received the Leidos Innovation Award, Lockheed Martin’s Full Spectrum Leadership Award and most recently Nathan has secured Luminary Honoree status from the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation. Nathan has been interviewed/profiled in numerous industry publications, TV and radio spots such as Washington Technology, NexGov, Politico, and DefenseOne.

    Nathan worked previously for Lockheed Martin IS&GS and was acquired by Leidos in the 2017 merger. He has over 22 years of experience leading organizations in the IT industry and serves as an adjunct professor at Colorado Technical University. He holds an MBA with an emphasis in technology management and a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems. He is a certified project management professional and a certified ITIL Expert.

    Nathan proudly served the armed forces as an Apache Helicopter Crewchief for 9 years in the US Army.

  • Matt Livingston

    Matt Livingston:

    Matt Livingston is an experienced technology and business executive, specializing in secure public and private cloud computing solutions for United States Federal Civilian Agency, Department of Defense, and Intelligence Community customers. He is a recognized Cloud, Cybersecurity, and Managed Services thought leader, architect, team builder, and problem solver. He is responsible for cloud services for the AFS enterprise, as well as the implementation, operation, and security of FedRAMP High cloud infrastructure supporting Mission Critical clients. Matt earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree and his Master of Science in Information Systems degree. He has earned several professional credentials, including the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), VMware Certified Professional (VCP), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications. He has held several positions as a systems engineer, solutions architect, and business leader in both the manufacturing and government sectors.

  • Dr. Kuan

    Dr. Kuan Collins:

    Dr. Kuan Collins is the Executive Director for Digital Innovation at Axient Corporation. In this role she is responsible for leading and driving Axient’s digital transformation and innovation investments and solutions for all customer segments across the company.

    Previously, Kuan joined SAIC in 2003 and served as a Fellow, solutions architect master, and Innovation Factory Director in Huntsville. In this role she was responsible for leading and driving SAIC’s digital transformation and innovation investments and solutions for the Defense and Civilian Sector. Prior to her post in Huntsville, she was Solutions VP for SAIC’s Software and Analytics practice, where she led the solutioning for several complex captures across multiple sectors. This work was based in Austin, Tx and previously in San Diego, CA.

    Dr. Collins is recognized as the technical expert and resource in digital transformation, IT modernization, specialized engineering, intelligent software and analytics areas. She has led senior solutions architects’ team and develops intelligent software solutions for insights and action plans from disparate data sources through data-driven and artificial intelligence methods for all customer groups and for strategic bids. She draws on her judgment and expertise in the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures, derived from a Ph.D. and 23 years of experience, to develop technical strategies, architectures, and road maps, and solve complex total system problems for intelligent software and analytics customers.

    Kuan is a mentor at the Capital Factory and University of Alabama Huntsville Invention to Innovation Center (I2C), helping startups understand how to do business with System Integrators, and the Federal Government. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland Global Campus, School of Business, where she teaches Big Data, Evidence Based Methods and Analytics in Practice. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH), College of Engineering, Department of Industrial Systems Engineering. She teaches Engineering

    Applications of Artificial Intelligence in the Spring 2023. She is adjunct faculty at Alabama A&M University, College of Business, where she will be teaching analytics. She serves on the board for UAH College of Science and Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Integration Center (AMIIC). From 2019-2021, she served on the board for Austin Forum for Technology and Society and Austin Smart City Alliance.

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