National Nuclear Security Administration

National Lab IT specialists connect and network at annual summit

July 16, 2018

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The 2018 National Laboratories Information Technology Summit took place in Nashville, Tennessee.
The 2018 National Laboratories Information Technology Summit took place in Nashville, Tennessee.
IT Governance & Enterprise Architect Jon Arlotti-Parish discusses IT issues with colleagues at NLIT.
IT Governance & Enterprise Architect Jon Arlotti-Parish discusses IT issues with colleagues at NLIT.

Information technology depends upon interconnected systems sharing capabilities and transmitting information – the same is true of the National Laboratories.

The National Laboratories Information Technology (NLIT) Summit has taken place annually since 2000, when it first began as the Tri-Lab Summit. The event facilitates the exchange of best practices and ideas between IT professionals within the Department of Energy (DOE) complex, strengthens IT infrastructure, and reduces costs within the DOE system.

“This gathering is extremely valuable. It’s an opportunity for all of the labs to come together and share their insights on every aspect of IT – from operations and emerging technology to implementation of policies and best practices,” said Wayne Jones, NNSA Associate Administrator for Information Management and Chief Information Officer.

Several NNSA cyber specialists shared their expertise while in Nashville, Tennessee, at this year’s summit. IT Project Manager Mark Holtzclaw gave an update on the implementation of a new email classification system that makes identifying and tracking sensitive content both efficient and intuitive. IT Governance & Enterprise Architect Jon Arlotti-Parish spoke on “Enabling the NNSA Enterprise Environment.” He explored prioritizing open lines of communication to uniformly integrate IT standards across the organization.

NLIT is open to all IT personnel affiliated with DOE/NNSA labs and plants. The 4-day event consists of presentations, collaboration sessions, panel discussions, tutorials, and technology demonstrations on a variety of topics of current interest to the IT community. Nearly 900 people attended this year’s NLIT Summit.