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January 11, 2010

If you missed CES, you're in luck. You can come to the Bisnow Total Schmoozarama, where we're also expecting 110,000 people (give or take 109,400). This Wed, 6-8pm, Park at Fourteenth. Crazy low prices. Sign up!

Was ICG’s Don Upson the only one in a tie in Vegas last week? Maybe, but he had an excuse.
At Mandalay Bay, ICG’s Don Upson, Jeannemarie Devolites, and Deloitte's Tom Davis

We snapped this at the Mandalay Bay, where he was hosting his fifth annual “CES Government, a 175 person policy conference with a lot of you Northern Virginia types on hand, at the other end of the Strip from the CES blowout Gary Shapiro was running. With Don, his colleague Jeannemarie Devolites and her husband, Deloitte’s Tom Davis. Jeannemarie and Tom remain a GOP power pair: she (and vc John Backus) co-chaired Gov. McDonnell’s tech transition team, and Tom did the same for transportation. Watch for them to remain closely involved in Va. politics. 

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Microsoft Auto at CES

Your publisher thought he’d made a wrong turn at the Las Vegas Convention Center and ended up at an auto show. In fact, this was part of the Microsoft “booth” at CES, and Microsoft Auto is the software behemoth’s business unit that’s been around since the 90s embedding operating systems and infotainment functionality in many of the cars you drive.

Kodak at CES

It was cool to see an old line name like Kodak taking advantage of CES to rebrand itself to a younger crowd; we noticed the loudspeaker welcoming guests every few minutes referred to Kodak as the world’s leading “imaging expert. If you’re not old enough to remember the Brownie or Instamatic, you might have thought they were always digital.

Tim Matlack, new CEO at Reston-based Delta Solutions & Technologies

Friday we met Tim Matlack, the new CEO at Reston-based Delta Solutions & Technologies, a 13-year-old, 180-person company, specializing in government financial management systems and IT; it consults primarily to the civilian agencies. You may remember Tim from 25 years at AMS, where he launched the company’s federal financial management practice (a strength of AMS acquirer CGI). Lately, he was chief executive of Wipro Consulting: "I spent six years traveling the world and was ready to come home."

Tim Matlack, new CEO at Reston-based Delta Solutions & Technologies

Tim started just a week ago, so we’ll excuse the lack of tchotchkes. A Westchester, NY native and Harvard Business School grad, Tim says his near-term focus is strengthening the company’s business practices and looking to continue organic growth. “It’s not important enough to make the best widget anymore, but improving the way everyone in the business works,” says Tim, a Caps fan even though the rest of his family backs the Penguins. Tim also serves on the boards of educational foundations, including UMD's Center for International Business Education & Research.

Phil Kiviat

We asked federal contracting guru Phil Kiviat of GuerraKiviat (here flanked at one of our Schmoozes last year by ATS' Ed Bersoff and Spectrum Training Brokers' Nat Emery) for some federal government trends to watch:

  • The government side seeks things smaller and smarter, more manageable and capable of evolution into large systems. For this, modeling and simulation will become more widespread to analyze designs and make tradeoff decisions.

  • Phil says the Christmas Day bombing showed the difficulty of dealing with enormous amounts of intel in typical database fashion. New approaches to correlate info and make it visibly available to statistically-relevant interested parties will involve both advanced data management and analysis technologies.

PointAbout's Daniel Odio holding a smartphone

Last week, Daniel Odio and the gang at PointAbout launched AppMaker, a program that lets everyone create an iPhone app. It’s apparently pretty easy, though we’re waiting for an app to come out to show us how to use it. Or, you could go to appmakr.com, provide some graphics and RSS feed info, and then the site builds your app and submits it to iTunes.


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January 21 - Women in Technology - The CIO Agenda - DC's top CIO's discuss 2010 challenges and new technology - 6-8:30pm - Tysons Ritz - Info

January 21 - Bisnow Breakfat & Schmooze - 2010 DoD Outlook - with DoD Deputy CIO Dave Wennergren. 7-9:30am - Fairview Park Marriott - Register

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