As Director, Technology Strategy – Chief Architect, Don Parente connects civilian agencies in the federal government with AT&T technologies that allow them to better serve citizens. In an age of budget cuts and sequestration, Don sees great opportunity in enabling government to do more with less. He serves agencies in a consultative role, helping them leverage the right combination of technologies to drive greater innovation and efficiency.
Don has been with AT&T since 1997 and has become well-versed over the years in a wide range of technologies, including cloud computing, MPLS virtual private networks, mobility, video, conferencing, security, VoIP, hosting, and managed services. A true technology evangelist, when he likes something he gets excited about it and revels in the opportunity to communicate how these tools help organizations leapfrog the invention step to innovate quicker and more efficiently.
In 1999 Don began serving as a design architect for AT&T, providing technical architecture and solution design for large client engagements. He developed network-based solutions that supported data, voice, streaming video, multimedia, and video teleconferencing, and helped AT&T win over $50 million in network and managed services revenue.
In 2005 he moved up to technical director, where he honed his skills for working with customers, understanding their challenges, and connecting the dots between their needs and the best technology solutions. He led strategic and consultative discussions with senior executives at AT&T’s largest customers and credits this experience with his enhanced ability to think strategically, from the customer’s point of view, having fielded C-level questions and concerns regularly for five years.
Most recently, he served as cloud services product director, where he led the development of product strategy, pricing strategy, feature definition, marketing strategy, and product promotion for AT&T managed hosting and cloud services. With customers working to understand what the cloud meant for their business, Don was in his element, articulating the possibilities in the cloud and how the technology can solve business needs.
Don describes himself as a techie and triathlete. He’s also a foodie who spends a lot of time with his family. He counts among his accomplishments a skill for braising meats, tossing pizza, and his recipe for the perfect pancake. He recently moved with his family from New Jersey to Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. and is enjoying finding his way in a new city.
His education includes an MBA in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a master’s in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Gannon University.