Technology, Innovation, and Deficit Reduction

Lessons from the IT Industry
  • Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011
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  • If people, capital, and business can go anywhere, why would they come to the United States? On February 2, 2011, CSIS president and CEO John J. Hamre moderated a conversation with CEOs Michael Dell of Dell, Inc., and Samuel J. Palmisano of IBM. During this session, Dr. Hamre and his guests explored the challenges to U.S. IT competitiveness in the twenty-first century, from taxes and trade to education and immigration. To address the current fiscal deficit, Mr. Palmisano argued that the U.S. government can save money by consolidating its IT infrastructure.  Mr. Dell said the same can be done for thousands of U.S. government supply chains.  Both business leaders agreed that the competitive landscape is shifting as quickly as the middle class is rising in India and China.  They argued that adopting newer technology and lowering corporate tax rates will help improve the competitiveness of U.S. businesses.

    The CSIS Technology and Public Policy Program hosted to a discussion on:
    "Technology, Innovation, and Deficit Reduction: Lessons from the IT Industry" 

    Michael Dell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dell Inc.
    Samuel J. Palmisano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, IBM

    Moderated by: John Hamre, President and CEO, CSIS

    As mounting public deficits dominate discourse in Washington and in state capitals throughout the country, the technology industry is eager to help address the problem. As industry leaders, Michael Dell and Samuel J. Palmisano will discuss ways in which the federal government can save $1 trillion over the next decade by applying homegrown expertise, technology, and organizational innovation to its information networks and management practices. The discussion will draw on an October 2010 Technology CEO Council report, entitled “One Trillion Reasons: How Commercial Best Practices to Maximize Productivity Can Save Taxpayer Money and Enhance Government Services.”

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