Terrence Blair Applies Information Technology Strategies to Solve Business Problems for Federal Clients
Terrence Blair is the chief technology officer for the Tetra Tech Federal IT Group, based in our Arlington, Virginia, office.
Terrence has 30 years of experience working in the information technology (IT) field in various technical, management, and strategic roles and has been with Tetra Tech for more than 10 years. He has more than 15 years of experience focused on strategic technology consulting and has worked for a variety of commercial, nonprofit, and federal clients. Terrence has worked in the criminal justice, environmental, legal, intelligence, and aerospace domains and has expertise in the full spectrum of information technologies, including data center engineering, network management, software development, and very-large-scale system architecture and management.
Terrence started as a software developer and network administrator at a nonprofit organization as a junior in college. Since then, he has had the opportunity to play most IT roles—everything from running cable to writing software to managing networks and internal IT operations. Approximately 20 years ago during the eBusiness boom, he joined a technology consulting firm in Washington, DC, that provided him executive-level access to large enterprise clients. This gave him the opportunity to work with clients on business problems, not just technology problems. While some of the solutions required large-scale technology investments, some could be addressed in other ways, and he was able to leverage that experience when he joined Tetra Tech. At Tetra Tech, Terrence primarily focuses on technology strategy and solutions for large IT challenges and aligning the company’s internal investment with the federal market. He holds bachelor’s and Juris Doctorate degrees from The American University.
How do you contribute to the delivery of Tetra Tech’s federal IT services?
First and foremost, I am a consultant. My team and I consult externally with our existing and potential clients and within Tetra Tech to identify technology solutions. The objective of the IT group is to identify a multitude of technology solutions to any business problem, to share them with our partners, and to work through the best solution, given funding, legacy technology and skills, and mission constraints. In order to do that effectively, I am responsible for knowing just enough about everything technical to identify our resources that will address our clients’ IT needs.