August 10, 2010

NVTC Member Companies Offer Pro Bono Assistance to Assess Arlington National Cemetery's Information Technology Requirements

NVTC Response to Defense Secretary Gates' Announced Defense Cuts

SAIC's Walt Havenstein and Cisco's John Chambers Headline NVTC's Fall Events

Put Your Company on the Techtopia Map Today!

Know an Exceptional CTO? Nominate Today for the Inaugural NVTC/Washington Technology Government Contractor CTO Innovator Awards!

NVTC Green Awards Accepting Nominations for Top-Notch Green Organizations!

Sixteen NVTC Members Named to TechAmerica's Commission to Draft IT Acquisition Reform Proposals

Congratulations to NVTC Board Member Ted Hengst, Named Vice President and CIO of Harris Corporation

Governor McDonnell's Town Hall Tour Includes NVTC Auditorium, August 25

Heroines in Technology: Nominations Extended to August 20

Micron and the Equal Footing Foundation - Supporting Team Building, Goal Setting and Collaboration

Pitch Your Startup to Accredited Investors! Apply to Present at Entrepreneur Spotlight

Virginia Named Most Pro-Business State in America For the Second Straight Year


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NVTC Member Companies Offer Pro Bono Assistance to Assess Arlington National Cemetery's Information Technology Requirements

Last week, the Department of the Army accepted NVTC's pro bono offer to provide assistance in the assessment of the information technology requirements to rectify the disastrous state of the records at Arlington National Cemetery. This effort stems from an Army investigation earlier this year that found the Cemetery's recordkeeping in shambles, burial records on index cards, improperly marked graves and serious difficulties in accurately locating the graves in the cemetery. Despite spending more than $5 million on a program to digitize burial records, all these issues persisted.

NVTC President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg (left) and U.S. Senator
Mark Warner, D-Va., (right) at the press conference on Friday.

In response to public reports of this serious record-keeping problem, the following 21 NVTC member companies have volunteered their assistance to constitute an assessment group: ACS, a Xerox Company; Blue Canopy; Booz Allen Hamilton; CACI; CGI; Consumer Electronics Association (CEA); Corporation for National Research Initiatives; CSC; HP Enterprise Services; IBM; Lee Technologies; MAXIMUS; Microsoft; MITRE; SAIC; Salient Federal Solutions; SoltecOne; Synaptitude; The George Washington University; Unanet Technologies; and Vistronix.

"The NVTC membership is eager and willing to support the U.S. Army as it responds to this difficult situation. We want to ensure that we honor the women and men who served their country and, in many cases, gave the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. We are united in our willingness to support Senator Warner in his efforts to remedy this crisis," said George C. Newstrom, President and COO of Lee Technologies, and former Secretary of Technology for then Governor Mark Warner.

"NVTC is made up of the country's most well-respected and innovative technology companies and this collaborative pro bono effort demonstrates their loyalty, compassion and admiration for those who served in the armed forces, many making the ultimate sacrifice," said Bobbie Kilberg, President and CEO of NVTC. "We applaud Senator Warner for his leadership in trying to resolve this important matter. NVTC looks forward to working under the direction of Army Secretary McHugh and his team to help assess Arlington Cemetery's technology requirements. It is an honor and privilege to be involved."

In addition to the companies serving on the assessment team, the following companies are also participating in NVTC's Arlington Cemetery Task Force:

Cox Communications | Deloitte Federal | Fed Results | General Dynamics Information Technology | Harris IT Services | VeriSign | Welz & Weisel Communications

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NVTC Response to Defense Secretary Gates' Announced Defense Cuts

Secretary Gates announced yesterday that he will cut defense contracting spending by 10 percent a year for each of the next three years and also will recommend closing the U.S. Joint Forces Command in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia. This is a very serious blow to Virginia's statewide economy. The economic impact of these decisions on Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads will be particularly devastating.

According to Stephen Fuller, Director of the Center of Regional Analysis at George Mason University, Virginia received $35 billion in defense contracts in FY 2008, accounting for more than 530,000 contracting and related jobs, with about 70 percent of those contract dollars in Northern Virginia. Fuller further noted that three years of 10 percent cuts to military contracting could reduce the projected economic growth for Northern Virginia by as much as 50 percent.

Yesterday's announcement and the underlying rationale offered in its support are full of ambiguities which raise many more questions than they answer. The perceived cost savings offered thus far are unconvincing. Moreover, the announcement itself is premised on the false notion that the path to cost savings and enhanced efficiency and effectiveness lies in arbitrarily reducing the size of the government's federal contracting workforce.

Statements by Defense officials that these cuts are a preemptive strike to forestall further deep cuts in military spending ring hollow and their impact on Virginia's economy in a time of recession is inexcusable. NVTC has been in communication with our congressional delegation and the McDonnell Administration, and we will work closely with them in response to this situation over the coming days, weeks and months.

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SAIC's Walt Havenstein and Cisco's John Chambers Headline NVTC's Fall Events

Registration is now open for NVTC's fall events, including our first Titans breakfast and TechCelebration, NVTC's Annual Banquet! Two great speakers, Walt Havenstein and John Chambers will keynote this year's fall NVTC events. Registration is now open for the Titans Breakfast and TechCelebration, as well as all Setpember and October NVTC events.

Walt Havenstein Walt Havenstein, CEO of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), will kick off NVTC's 2010-2011 Titans Series on Thursday, September 23. Join your NVTC colleagues at this special event, where Havenstein will discuss the changing dynamics in today's government contracting market, the importance of business engagement and leadership to address STEM education and math and science workforce challenges, and SAIC's recent advantageous headquarters move to Virginia.

John ChambersThen on October 19, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers will speak at this year's TechCelebration. This must-attend evening will also include: the announcements of the winners of the 2nd Annual NVTC Green Awards, the 2010 NVTC Chairman's Award presentation to business leader and former NVTC Chair Dan Bannister, and the first-ever NVTC/Washington Technology Government Contractor CTO Awards presentation. This new program will recognize chief technology officers from the region's government contracting community for their critical contributions to achieving results for their customers and their leadership within their own companies.

Registration is now open for all NVTC September and October events. To view a full list of upcoming NVTC events and to register, visit http://www.nvtc.org/events/calendar.php.
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Date:
September 23, 2010

Time:
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7:45-9:15 a.m. Program

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Cost:
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Non-Member: $ 85.00
Member Table of 10: $ 650.00
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Walk-in Prices:
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Walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis.

TechCelebration

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Date:
October 19, 2010

Time:
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6:30-9:00 p.m. Dinner and Awards

Location:
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Cost:
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Member Table of 10: $2500.00
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Walk-ins WILL NOT be accepted.

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Put Your Company on the Techtopia Map Today!

More than half of the logo spots on the 2011 12th edition of NVTC's popular Techtopia Map have already been spoken for! Don't miss your opportunity to increase your company's exposure in Northern Virginia and the Washington Metro area - and help a good cause - by adding your logo to the Map. A portion of the Map proceeds will benefit the Equal Footing Foundation (www.efooting.org), which supports computer clubhouses for underserved youth in Fairfax and Fauquier Counties.

Individual logo spots are available for technology companies or technology non-profits for just $1,000. There are also a limited number of industry-exclusive major sponsorships open to associate and tech member companies for $4,000.

The map will be printed in poster, calendar and brochure formats in December 2010 and distributed at an upcoming NVTC signature event. It will also be published in the Washington Business Journal and The Voice of Technology and appear in an interactive version on the NVTC website. Check out the online version of the 2010 Techtopia Map at http://www.nvtc.org/techtopia/2010Map/index.html.

To reserve your spot or learn more, e-mail Michelle Senglaub at msenglaub@nvtc.org.

Thanks to our 2011 Techtopia Major Sponsors (as of August 9, 2010): AH&T Insurance, Cox Business, Latisys, Noblis, Washington Business Journal.

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Know an Exceptional CTO? Nominate Today for the Inaugural NVTC/Washington Technology Government Contractor CTO Innovator Awards!

The NVTC/Washington Technology Government Contractor CTO Innovator Awards - a new program honoring chief technology officers within the region's government contracting community - recognizes CTOs for their critical contributions to achieving results for their customers and their leadership within their own companies.

These awards will celebrate those individuals who have spearheaded the technology charge within their companies, using technology to connect the dots between customer needs and business opportunities.

Candidates from small, medium and large businesses can be nominated by their company, customers and business partners. An independent panel of leaders from the government contracting community will select the winners, who will be honored by Washington Technology magazine and the Northern Virginia Technology Council at TechCelebration, NVTC's Annual Banquet in October 2010.

Nominations are due by September 10, 2010. Click here to learn more about the CTO Innovator Awards, judging criteria or to nominate an outstanding CTO.

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NVTC Green Awards Accepting Nominations for Top-Notch Green Organizations!

Do you know a company that is exercising sound business stewardship, improving the way it uses power and computing assets, or better managing workforce productivity through telecommuting and videoconferencing? Is your organization implementing energy-efficient measures, supporting renewable power generation or providing a service that will drive large-scale adoption of leading green solutions?

Submit a nomination for the second annual NVTC Green Awards, honoring area technology companies, educational institutions and organizations that are making an impact on our region through top-notch green practices.

The Green Awards, presented in October at TechCelebration, NVTC's Annual Banquet, will recognize one large (more than $50 million revenue) and one small (less than $50 million revenue) company or organization for their work toward carbon footprint abatement, job creation in the region, energy efficiencies and renewable power use, among other criteria.

If your organization, or one you know, is going above and beyond when it comes to green initiatives like these - we want to hear from you!

Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17.

For more information about the NVTC Green Award, contact Tarin Horan (thoran@nvtc.org) or Katie Mickelson (kmickelson@nvtc.org), or visit our website.

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Sixteen NVTC Members Named to TechAmerica's Commission to Draft IT Acquisition Reform Proposals

TechAmerica, a trade association representing federal IT contractors, announced last month it would form a commission on IT acquisition reform after the Obama administration announced a sweeping review of federal IT projects. A roster of almost 30 industry executives, who will propose reforms to the Obama administration for how to procure and manage IT systems, was announced Monday, August 2.

"This is a serious effort to produce actionable recommendations for attainable, meaningful change in the way the government manages large-scale IT implementations," said TechAmerica Foundation Chairman Phil Bond. "We look forward to helping the commissioners produce their recommendations by October 1 in time for the administration to factor them into its 2012 budget planning."

NVTC Board members Greg Baroni of Attain LLC, Jim Sheaffer of CSC, and Dennis Stolkey of HP were among those named to the TechAmerica commission. Other representatives of NVTC member companies named to the commission include:

Linda Gooden, Lockheed Martin (commission chair) | Gerald Woolever, ACS | Toni Townes-Whitley, CGI | Gene Procknow, Deloitte Services LLP | Val Lyons, Ernst & Young | Roger Stough, George Mason University | Todd Ramsey, IBM | Mark Forman, KPMG | Teresa Carlson, Microsoft | Hugh Taylor, Northrop Grumman | Michael Clancy, Oracle | T.W. Scott, Raytheon | Tom Sisti, SAP

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Congratulations to NVTC Board Member Ted Hengst, Named Vice President and CIO of Harris Corporation

Effective July 27, 2010, NVTC Board Member Ted Hengst was named Corporate Vice President and CIO for Harris Corporation, succeeding Bill Miller. In his new role, Hengst is responsible for setting the strategic direction, architecture and governance of Harris Corporation's global IT enterprise to drive innovation, fuel growth, enable change and create a competitive advantage for the company through the use of information technology. Hengst has served as president of Harris IT Services since joining Harris in December 2006. Hengst has served on the NVTC Board since 2007. Best wishes to Ted for his new responsibilities!

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Governor McDonnell's Town Hall Tour Includes NVTC Auditorium, August 25

Governor Bob McDonnell is holding eight town hall meetings this month around the Commonwealth, including the NVTC Auditorium on Wednesday, August 25, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. The tour kicked off in Roanoke last Wednesday, August 4. The "Virginia Speaks: A Conversation about Jobs, Government Reform and Our Future" events will allow Virginians to speak directly with Governor McDonnell about the issues facing the Commonwealth. The governor will also spend a portion of each town hall discussing his efforts to make government smaller and simpler, privatize Virginia's state-run ABC stores and create good jobs statewide.

"I've served in elected office for 18 years. During that time I have consistently found that the best ideas don't come from Richmond, they come from Virginians in communities statewide," said Governor McDonnell. "We are focused on reforming state government to make it simpler, smaller and more efficient. To best accomplish this goal we must hear from the citizens who own that government, and who deal with it on a daily basis It's your government, and we want to know how we can make it work better for you."

Attendance is first-come-first-serve. Be sure to arrive early to guarantee a seat.

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Heroines in Technology: Nominations Extended to August 20

Due to overwhelming response, the Heroines in Technology nomination deadline has been extended to Friday, August 20.

Do you know a woman who works in the technology industry and exemplifies volunteer service in the community? If so, you can nominate her to become a "heroine in technology" and be honored at the upcoming gala: the 10th Annual Heroines in Technology, on Friday, November 12, at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston Town Center. At the gala, finalists will be honored and award winners will be announced in the following categories: Individual Heroine, NVTC Corporate Heroine, AFCEA International Government Heroine, Rising Heroine and Lifetime Achievement.

NVTC is proud to present the Corporate Heroine Award, and looks forward to honoring women who leverage their positions and companies to actively encourage and support employees to volunteer in the community. New to the event is the AFCEA International Government Heroine Award, which will recognize women employed in Federal, State or Local Government who exhibit extraordinary volunteerism in endeavors above and beyond the mandates of their Government role. All award finalists and winners are decided by a committee of past Heroines.

Click here to submit a nomination. Nominations are open now through August 20, 2010.

For more information about Heroines in Technology please visit the event website. Interested in volunteering? Contact Kate Leib at 703-824-0111 ext. 21 or kleib@marchofdimes.com.

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Micron and the Equal Footing Foundation - Supporting Team Building, Goal Setting and Collaboration

The Equal Footing Foundation and Micron Technology Virginia recently teamed up to provide three deserving Computer Clubhouse students with brand-new mountain bikes.

Micron team members working
to assemble a mountain bike.
Micron's leadership team built three mountain bikes as part of a team building exercise in their semi-annual strategy planning session. The Equal Footing Foundation's Rockets and Robotics Club and two Clubhouse managers attended the meeting to present the Foundation's respective STEM-based (Science, Technology, Math and Engineering) programs. Raj Narasimhan,
Raj Narasimhan presents a new
bicycle to Aeron L., of the
Bailey's Computer Clubhouse.
Micron Technology Virginia's site director and EFF and NVTC Board member, introduced the presentation and discussed the importance of collaboration in education, career and individual projects. In addition, he highlighted his team's efforts in producing tangible goals that could impact the community.

The students who received the bicycles were thrilled with the donation. Aeron L. from Bailey's Computer Clubhouse will use his bike for his freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University. Deshawn, from the Reston Clubhouse, will use his bicycle to assist him with his community outreach project. Andrea M. will use her bike for transportation to and from the Mott Clubhouse, especially during Botball competitions.

The students were granted the opportunity to present robots they built for Botball, a recent robotics competition. After the presentation, they sat down to lunch with Micron's senior management and discussed the trials and tribulations of designing robots.

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Pitch Your Startup to Accredited Investors! Apply to Present at Entrepreneur Spotlight

Entrepreneur Spotlight Do you know a startup that is looking for early stage funding? This fall, The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC will provide startups the opportunity to pitch their businesses to investors at its next Entrepreneur Spotlight program, November 18.

The Entrepreneur Spotlight program connects both experienced and potential new investors with startups pursuing seed funding. Unlike other regional events, Entrepreneur Spotlight will focus on companies that are truly in the startup phase and may only be looking for small amounts of funding.

During the event, five technology startups seeking seed and early stage funding will present a five-minute pitch about their business concepts and will be given 10 minutes to answer questions from a panel. Event attendance is limited to individuals that qualify as accredited investors.

Applications must be received before 5:00 p.m. on September 17 for consideration to be a presenting company. For more information or to apply, visit http://www.nvtc.org/tec/spotlight.php or contact Kristin D'Amore, Director of The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC, at kdamore@nvtc.org or 703-904-7878, ext. 226.

Registration for accredited investors will open early this fall.

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Virginia Named Most Pro-Business State in America For the Second Straight Year

In a Top 10 Pro-Business States poll released August 5 by Pollina Corporate, Virginia is the "most pro-business state" in America for 2010. This marks the fourth time the Commonwealth has held the top spot, with previous top rankings garnered in 2003, 2007 and 2009.

The ranking is based on 31 state government-controlled factors, including taxes, education, right-to-work legislation, energy costs, infrastructure spending, workers compensation laws, economic incentive programs and state economic development efforts.

To view more information as well as the full Pollina rankings, visit http://www.pollina.com/publications/probiz~1.htm.

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Technology Transfer: Issues and Processes

Technology transfer is the process of moving newly-developed devices, methods and data into the hands of those who can benefit from application of the technology or will move it to commercialization. The subject is a key topic in technology-based economic development.

The 10-week course is an introduction to the multidisciplinary aspects of technology transfer. The course provides an overview of key policy, issues, practices and organizations. The course is sponsored by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Technology Transfer Society and is part of the GS Graduate School program. Enrollment is open to the public.

A faculty of practicing experts representing various aspects of the field will teach the classes. The course is interactive, encouraging ongoing participant/presenter dialog. Topics include:

  • Overview of Technology Transfer
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Technology Licensing: Disclosure Through Maintenance
  • Innovation Economics
  • Moving Federal R&D to the Marketplace: Policy and Practice
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  • Factors in Transferring Technology to and from Big Business
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The course will be held on 10 consecutive Tuesday evenings 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., September 21 - November 23. Tuition is $375.00. For registration, call the GS Graduate School, 888-744-4723, re: Course PUAP4439E or visit www.graduateschool.edu. For additional information on course structure and faculty, contact TTS Education Chairman, Richard Leshuk, 301-279-2686, rleshuk@aol.com. Also visit the TTS Chapter website www.T2SDC.org.

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Meet the Capital Players | September 9, 2010 | Platinum Sponsors: Aronson & Company; Morrison and Foerster; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

General Counsel Event | September 10, 2010 | Gold Sponsors: eTERA Consulting; Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto; Pillsbury LLP

The Technology Innovations Committee Event | September 16, 2010 | Exhibit Sponsors: Alcatel-Lucent; Verizon Wireless

Titans Breakfast featuring Walt Havenstein | September 23, 2010 | Platinum Sponsors: Comcast Business Class; Consumer Electronics Association; Latisys-Ashburn; Transformation Systems, Inc.; Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company | Silver Sponsors: Harris IT Services; TRAINING SOLUTIONS, INC.

Fall Fusion Fest 2010 | September 29, 2010 | Event Sponsor: Comcast Business Class

CFO Series Event | September 30, 2010 | Platinum Sponsor: Pillsbury | Silver Sponsor: AH&T; UGL Equis

TechCelebration: NVTC's Annual Banquet | October 19, 2010 | Platinum Sponsor: CDW | Signature Gold Sponsor: Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company | Gold Sponsors: Global Knowledge; Serco | Bronze Sponsors: AH&T Insurance; Harris IT Services; Transformation Systems, Inc.

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