Enterprise Systems Integration ∞ March 18, 2005

March 18, 2005

This program was held at the Darden School and explored the possibilities and challenges of integrating information systems both within and across enterprises.  The morning session featured encore presentations by two individuals that represented what was quite possibly the largest public and private sector integration efforts underway at the time.  Steve Cooper, CIO of the Department of Homeland Security, described the politics and process of integrating homeland security information across numerous databases and enterprises.  Then, Dana Deasy, CIO of Tyco International, provided a synopsis of his first year on the job including his attempts to integrate a global conglomerate.   The afternoon began with Cheryl Clark, Deputy CIO of VITA, telling the fascinating story of a new organization’s quest to integrate IT across the various agencies of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  We concluded with a panel discussion comparing and contrasting the experiences of the three speakers.


9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                    Welcome Reception and Registration

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                  Steve Cooper, CIO, Department of Homeland Security

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                 Dana Deasy, CIO, Tyco International, Inc.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.                    Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.                      Cheryl Clark, Deputy CIO, Virginia IT Agency

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                      Panel/Roundtable Discussion

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                      Reception


Cheryl Clark was named Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) in July 2003.  She was appointed Acting CIO by Virginia’s Information Technology Investment Board in January 2004, and served as chief administrative officer of the Board while it completed its nationwide search for VITA’s first permanent CIO.  Prior to being named Deputy CIO, Ms. Clark was appointed Chief Transition Officer for establishing VITA in April 2003.  As CTO, she oversaw the development of initial formation of VITA, including the consolidation of three government agencies, development of the “shell” organization and its values, ensuring continuity of service to customers, and leading a comprehensive communications effort.

Ms. Clark was appointed Director of the Department of Information Technology in May 2002.  Prior to that, she served as Acting Deputy Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.  In this capacity, she oversaw technology, budget and fiscal affairs, facilities, driver and vehicle policy, operations and records and public information for the agency.  Since joining the agency in 1974 as a computer systems analyst, she served DMV in a number of diverse business and technical roles, including CIO.  While she was CIO, DMV’s technology services staff received national and international recognition for leadership in bringing about e-government and for the innovative and effective use of technology to achieve excellence in customer service.  Ms. Clark is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She holds a degree in economics from The American University in Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Cheryl lives in Midlothian with her husband and two of their three children, where they are active members of their faith community.

Steven Cooper was appointed by President Bush to be the first CIO of the Department of Homeland Security in February, 2003. He and his team have responsibility for the information technology assets supporting 190,000 federal employees of the 22 agencies now comprising the new department. They will also continue efforts focused on integrating new and existing sources of essential homeland security information via proven and emerging technologies and in full compliance with our broader values of privacy, civil liberties, and openness.

Mr. Cooper was appointed in March 2002 as a Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and served as Senior Director for Information Integration in the White House Office of Homeland Security.  In this role, Mr. Cooper launched the development of the National Enterprise Architecture for Homeland Security to address information integration within the federal government and the sharing of homeland security information with state, local, and relevant private sector entities.  He fostered partnerships with state and local government and the private sector to assist federal, state, and local initiatives focused on the sharing of law enforcement, public health, and emergency services information.  With James Flyzik, Senior Advisor to the Homeland Security Director and former CIO of the Treasury Department, he provided the input for Information Sharing and Systems to the National Strategy for Homeland Security.  Prior to federal government service, Mr. Cooper spent more than twenty years in the private sector as an Information Technology professional, most recently as CIO, Corporate Staffs, and Executive Director, Strategic Information Delivery, for Corning, Inc. in Corning, NY.  Previously, he served as Director, Information Technology for Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis, IN.  Mr. Cooper held several senior-level technical and management positions with CSC, MAXIMA, and CACI prior to forming his own consulting organization, Strategic Information Concepts.

His primary areas of expertise lie in Information Integration, Strategic Information Delivery, Information Technology Architecture, Enterprise Application Integration, Application Development, Information Technology Metrics and Value Assessment, and Process Architecture and Reengineering.  Mr. Cooper holds a BA degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, and has held professional certification as a Certified Computer Professional (CCP) from the Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP).  He also served in the Naval Air Reserve during the Vietnam conflict.  He has been married for thirty years, and his wife, Suzanne, and he have four daughters.

Dana S. Deasy is the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Tyco International (US) Inc.  Mr. Deasy joined Tyco in July 2003. He is responsible for developing overall global information technology strategy as well as for implementing technology to improve Tyco’s competitive position globally. He reports to CEO and Chairman Edward Breen.

Most recently, Mr. Deasy was Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the Americas at Siemens Corporation. Prior to joining Siemens, he was the Chief Information Officer of General Motors Locomotive Group. He also previously served as the Director of Information Systems for Invetech Company and held a number of positions at Rockwell Space Systems Division, ultimately achieving the position of Director of Information Management supporting Rockwell’s Space Shuttle program.   Mr. Deasy holds an undergraduate degree from National University and a graduate degree from the University of Southern California. He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife and son.

Tyco International Ltd. is a diversified manufacturing and service company. Tyco is the world’s largest manufacturer and servicer of electrical and electronic components; the world’s largest designer, manufacturer, installer and servicer of undersea telecommunications systems; the world’s largest manufacturer, installer and provider of fire protection systems and electronic security services and the world’s largest manufacturer of specialty valves. Tyco also holds strong leadership positions in medical device products, and plastics and adhesives. Tyco operates in more than 100 countries and had fiscal 2002 revenues from continuing operations of approximately $36 billion.