December 31, 2008
If you are interested in the application of new technology to the challenges and opportunities of government, then this blog was created for you.
Adobe is a dynamic software company with a storied Silicon Valley history and a vigorous passion to innovate technology for the future. Within our customer family, some of our most diverse and important users are government professionals and the constituencies they serve. Adobe’s government team is privileged to spend its time working with these customers every day and our goal with this blog is to share some of our observations, successes, and frustrations with the application of new technology in government.
Our hope is that these posts will inspire you, challenge you, inform you, or, at the very least, spark an interest in the possibilities that new technology can offer for the public good. We welcome your thoughts and comments.
The Adobe Government Team
Rob Pinkerton is the Director of Government Solutions for Adobe Systems where he has responsibility for Adobe’s enterprise go-to-market and solutions development strategies for global government.
Rob has 18 years experience in government and technology. He has worked in County, City, State and Federal levels of government including as an emergency medical response technician in Virginia, a law clerk in the City of Baltimore and as Legislative Council in the United States Senate during the 104th-106th Congress. Prior to joining Adobe, Rob was Vice President of Product Management for LexisNexis’s Enterprise Data Fusion Product which was developed for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to perform complex data analysis. For 5 years, Rob worked for Siebel Systems (now part of Oracle Corp) as Director of the Global Public Sector product business where he was responsible for Siebel’s second fastest growing product line and over 200 global public sector customers using enterprise case management and CRM.
Rob has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, a law degree from the University of Baltimore, a BA in economics, political science and history from the University of Richmond and has a patent for co-inventing a system for processing intelligence information (held by Oracle). Rob lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and 2 sons.
Alec Chalmers is responsible for Adobe’s National Government Solutions Business, including the national state and local government market, as well as select Federal Civilian agencies.
Prior to Adobe, Alec worked at Symantec and Veritas Software, where he successfully led numerous sales organizations throughout the public sector to include: state and local government, education, and healthcare; Department of Defense; and advanced technologies.
As Vice President of National Government Solutions within Adobe’s US Public Sector, Alec is responsible for the growth, leadership, and overall sales performance of this division. His focus is on providing customers
solutions that allow them to effectively engage with their citizens, employees, and business partners in key government processes while increasing their efficiency, lowering their costs, and reducing their impact on the environment.
Alec is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served in the United States Navy as an intelligence officer. Alec, his wife Maryanne, and their two children reside in Leesburg, VA.
Since 2004, Bobby has been responsible for the global go-to-market strategies for all government solutions. As a government subject matter expert, Bobby acts as an evangelist for Government Business Transformation through technology. Based on his years of experience in designing and building collaborative systems and eLearning systems, he has developed several Government solutions focused on Business Transformation, Secure Information Sharing and Training/Collaboration.
Prior to joining Adobe, Bobby held CTO positions with Ikimbo and VCampus. With Ikimbo, Bobby pioneered concepts that put people back into previously automated business processes by integrating elements of BPM, Instant Messaging, and collaboration. When combined, these elements allowed for a more rapid response to ever changing business environments by gathering the necessary resources, (people - based on presence and availability) into an online collaboration session and providing actionable information to drive better decision making.
During his tenure with VCampus, Bobby was the vision behind one of the world's first fully hosted eLearning environments. Bobby and his team of developers were responsible for creating an environment that was conducive to learning, teaching, engaging and creating using nothing more than early web technologies.
As group manager, Loni leads a team at Adobe responsible for defining solutions and go-to-market strategies for the public and health care sectors worldwide.
Loni came to Adobe in 2000. Over the past decade, she has held responsibilities in engineering, product management, business development and marketing. Prior to Adobe, she held positions at Siemens and ScotiaMcLeod Investments.
Loni holds a Bachelor's degree from McMaster University in computer science and liberal arts with a minor in economics. She earned a Master's degree from Stanford University in management science and engineering and attended Harvard Kennedy School.
In her spare time, she is also a new media entrepreneur, building Stark Insider, a west coast online magazine covering technology, theater, arts, wine and food to over 400,000 readers/year.
Josh van Tonder is a Solutions Manager with Adobe’s Worldwide Government group. In this role, Josh is responsible for defining solutions that enable Government agencies to more efficiently and effectively interact with citizens, employees and other constituents.
Prior to Adobe, Josh spent eight years as an engineer working at start-ups in the information retrieval and mobile technology industries. Josh holds a master’s degree in public policy and MBA from the University of Chicago, as well as a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota.
Gilles Polin is the lead manager of Government initiatives for Adobe EMEA.
His responsibilities include defining and implementing Government Industry business strategy in the EMEA region as well as developing and promoting Adobe partners’ solutions in all fields of Government across Europe.
Polin joined Adobe EMEA in 2010 after working in a variety of roles for the last 23 years – including software engineering, marketing program management, sales management, European Union government relations and eGovernment leadership in EMEA – for Microsoft and HP.
He holds a master of science degree in electronics engineering from Ecole Supérieure d’Informatique-Electronique-Automatique of Paris.
December 30, 2008
Paul Gilbertson is a Senior Product Specialist for Adobe focused on collaboration and eLearning technologies . Paul has been a long standing Adobe champion, being an expert in most of the eLearning and rich media products. Paul has over 20 years of experience in consulting, teaching, and managing eLearning development projects. Between his three different tenures with Adobe and Macromedia, he has run his own development firm with clients including 3M, the CIA’s Federal Language Training Lab, and the big three airlines: Northwest, United and American.
Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a minor in Music from the University of Minnesota.
Beth Lovett oversees all Adobe outbound communication, demand generation, and overall marketing programs for Government.
Prior to Adobe, Beth spent nearly 15 years in consulting and solutions marketing roles at VeriSign, webMethods and Manugistics. Beth hold a Bachelor's degree in Business Logistics and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University, including a semester studying European Community Law and Economics at the Universiteit Maastricht in the Netherlands. Beth is a Washington, D.C. area native now living in San Francisco.
Emily Timmerman is an Adobe Solutions Consultant focused on collaboration and eLearning technologies. She leverages over 12 years’ experience working with government agencies at the Federal, State, & Local levels, and has been developing Adobe Connect solutions for over 3 years.
Throughout her career, Emily has worked with a variety of online collaboration tools, adding value to those who are challenged by restrictions on travel, budget, time and more. Recently, Emily has been engaged with a number of federal agencies as they adopt Adobe technology to build solid telework programs, support their mobile workforces, and transition to online learning models.
Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Management and Creative Arts and Communications from the College of Saint Mary.