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January 10, 2012
The Small
Business Epoch?

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2012 is just 10 days in, but we’re officially crowning it the “Year of the Small Business.” (Also the year of premature superlatives.) Several DC area firms have won deals from federal agencies. So is small the new big?
Criterion president Promod Shamra.
Criterion president Promod Sharma will be sending a crew to the Patent and Trademark Office for the next five years under the $200M SDI-NG contract. Six initial task orders have Criterion providing O&M and software engineering services for the agency’s systems. Promod says the Vienna, Va.-based company, which is the prime on the contract, now has 22 people working on USPTO’s systems. Criterion is one of five doing the work, along with Avaya, Pretek, PPC, and ThrivOn.
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Vistronix president Deepak Hathiramani
We swear Vistronix president Deepak Hathiramani looked much happier than this when his Reston, Va.-based company won a $12M IDIQ from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The small company will be working on the Maintenance, Operation, and Modernization program (or lovingly called MOM), which is modernizing and replacing legacy tech on over 100 computer-based app systems. Vistronix will be testing the apps developed by software development groups before they get put to use by NRC. Deepak says the contract gives some props to the company’s long-history in software quality assurance.

Because Steve Says So
GMU Founders Hall
From time immemorial, that headline was enough reason to make a business decision. We're talking, of course, about GMU prof and regional economist Steve Fuller. He comes up with his brilliant analysis of the region’s health from this Arlington campus building. We found out a whole bunch more personal facts and anecdotes about the region’s chief economist when we popped in his Arlington office Tuesday. Keep an eye out for our full coverage this week and for more of his brilliance at Bisnow’s Economic and Political Forecast on Jan. 24 at the Willard. Sign up.


Argy - Beyond the Traditional

Argy practice director Dexter Tucker
We'll let the presidential candidates duke out who can lower taxes the most. But if you want your personal accounts to be handled smarter, ask Argy’s Enterprise Software Solutions Group (ESSG). It has highly trained subject matter experts providing financial system support services. Practice Director Dexter Tucker says that they offer the traditional accounting software configuration, implementation, and consulting services; however, their goal is to help clients maximize and maintain efficient utilization of financial, project management and business intelligence reporting tools. Argy has established partnerships with leading vendors and works with various Enterprise Resource Planning applications such as Deltek Costpoint and GCS Premier, Microsoft Dynamics SL and GP, and IBM Cognos to ensure their clients achieve business reporting requirements. From evaluation and selection guidance to reconfiguration and legacy conversions, or just adding a new module, Argy’s ESSG team stands ready to assist. For more info on our sponsor, click here.

Cali Comes To Washington
Chaliad CEO Craig Norris
The DC region has seen some of its tech talent head for Silicon Valley. But now Herndon, Va.-based Chiliad has lured a California techie. Craig Norris joined the analytics and search software firm as CEO after a career running Valley-based tech companies. Norris recently ran Attensity, a Palo Alto natural language analytics company, and co-founded Verdigris Technologies, a green energy startup. Chiliad has been around since 1999 and invested $80M in its analytics software, which it sells commercial and gov customers. Craig is an avid fly fisherman and voracious reader; seeing as we have fishing and books here on the East Coast, we think he'll be well adjusted.

SAIC Gets Health IT Deal
SAIC SVP Steve Comber
Right on pace with what’s expected to be a big hit in IT, SAIC won a health IT-focused BPA from HHS. The McLean, Va.-based company will provide IT services to develop and maintain data-focused systems at the Health Resources and Services Administration, which tries to improve access to health care. SAIC SVP Steve Comber says the mission is to enhance the agency's IT infrastructure, reduce cost, and keep its grant and historical data secure. (You never know when Nicolas Cage will be snooping around historical DC data.) The company has already received $26M in task orders under the contract to start IT work on various HHS bureaus and offices.

Come See the Political Stars!
We’re thrilled to be hosting two of Washington’s top political analysts this Thursday morning—less than 36 hours after the New Hampshire primary. Ann Compton has been ABC’s chief White House correspondent for years (she was the only broadcast journalist on board Air Force 1 with President Bush after 9/11) and Linda Douglass was President Obama’s spokesperson during his 2008 campaign, inauguration, and healthcare initiative after taking office, as well as chief congressional correspondent for CBS News before that. If you want to know what the experts think about the GOP race or how they match up with the President, this is the place to be in Washington this week. Jan. 12. Sign up now!
What gov deals is your company winning? Tell tech editor Tania Anderson all about your contract wins.
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