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February 22, 2012
Executive Ed Gets a
Tech Makeover

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One Washington tech entrepreneur (Edwin Miller) is changing executive education with his theory on business “lenses.” And one local university has bitten.
GMU School of Management executive programs associate dean Roy Hinton
Roy Hinton had never heard of Edwin Miller and his 9Lenses software until two years ago. Now, the GMU School of Management executive programs' associate dean is using Edwin's software to turn the school’s executive education program on its head. The curriculums, used by businesses to boost performance, can be personalized down to the individual worker. 9Lenses, developed by Edwin over several years, is already being taught to managers and execs through GMU programs, but the automated analysis of corporate gaps and opportunities has never been used in a university setting. Roy says it will be a game changer.
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The School of Management's executive education program was launched four years ago so companies like Oracle could get universities to help them fix their workforce skills gaps and see organization performance opportunities. Roy says the university has attracted local area industries like tech, defense contracting, and federal agencies. Revenue has doubled each year and will continue that growth this year. Roy was recruited to launch and run the program after a six-year active duty career, a stint running Kellogg’s exec education programs, and a leadership position at a microcomputer company running business models for companies like Motorola and Marriott.
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9Lenses founder Edwin Miller
Roy got to know Edwin, who launched 9Lenses two years ago, after a member of the university’s board of trustees suggested a meeting with the CEO. Roy was immediately sold on the 9Lenses software, which analyzes all key areas of a business like finance, operations and strategy, to improve efficiency. Plus he thought it would give GMU’s executive education programs an edge in a competitive higher ed environment. (Elbowing doesn’t just happen on the basketball court.) Roy says he’ll eventually partner with other schools’ executive education programs using 9Lenses throughout the country.

Mardi Gras Crawfish
iGATE Patni public sector VP Tim Coffin
Lots of innovation may happen behind closed doors, but when it’s time to party, tech folks are front and center. iGATE Patni and Carr Workplaces threw a Fat Tuesday Charity Crawfish Boil in Tysons yesterday and collected donations for the Rising Star Foundation. iGATE Patni public sector VP Tim Coffin had crawfish flown in the morning of the event, threw on an apron, and grabbed a paddle.
Celtiq chairman Gordie Boezer and iGATE Patni public sector AVP Michael Carucci
Based in Fremont, Calif., with a Washington public sector presence, iGATE Patni does consulting, tech and BPO, and product engineering. Yesterday’s party brought out Celtiq chairman Gordie Boezer and iGATE Patni public sector AVP Michael Carucci.

The Art of Wooing Customers
Privia president Joe Marino
Privia president Joe Marino found a way around tight purse strings. (The firm’s software helps companies manage the bid-capture-proposal process in government contracting.) It partnered with firms that offer consulting services to companies selling to the government, including a new co-marketing partnership with Astrella, a biz dev, biz capture and proposal operations firm. It's picked up customers who enjoy Astrella’s use of the Privia software. Since amicably breaking off from Chicago-based SpringCM last year, Privia has been growing its employee base, expanding its product to small businesses, and working on a product update for release some time this year.
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