Thom Rubel
Vice President of Research, IDC Government Insights

Thom Rubel is vice president of research. He is responsible for spearheading all research targeted to decision-makers within government organizations and maintains direct responsibility for managing IDC Government Insights’ global research agenda. He draws on more than 20 years of experience in government and IT research organizations to deliver research specific to strategies, operations, programs, policies, and technologies unique to government markets.

Mr. Rubel blogs in the IDC Government Insights Community (http://idc-insights-community.com/government). His Twitter handle is thomrubel.

Prior to joining IDC Government Insights, Mr. Rubel served as Vice President of Government Strategies at META Group, where he focused on assisting government clients to more effectively communicate IT transformational value to government business processes for improving operations and policy outcomes. During his career, he also initiated and served as Director of the State Information Technology Program at the National Governors Association's Center for Best Practices, where he guided the development and implementation of an IT program that included management and procurement, electronic government transactions, enterprise strategies, and policy solutions. In this role, he managed a twelve-governor IT Task Force and a Corporate Advisory Group composed of more than 30 IT companies that served as a resource and sounding board for the governors and the Center's projects and programs.

From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Rubel served as Assistant Under Secretary for Small Community and Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was Deputy Director of Intergovernmental and Consumer Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1987 to 1989.

He is a frequent speaker at government events and often turned to by national and industry-specific media outlets – including Business Week, Federal Computer Week, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Technology, Government Computer News, and Government Technology – for his opinions on government strategy and technology trends. An Iowa native, he is a graduate of the University of South Dakota.