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December 7, 2007

INPUT Lets Loose!


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Why don't they rename it OUTPUT, at least for their famous annual holiday party?  'Cause they sure laid on a lot of food last night.  And the best thing is, compared to those usual federal IT mob scenes, you don't need to find your black tie stud set.  This year's was the 7th, with their usual 1300 closest clients and friends.  Someday the McLean Hilton will get a big enough parking lot.


The main ballroom here was just part of the sprawling scene.  Even Frosty the Snowman (center, if you squint) was handing out business cards.  INPUT used the event to collect toys for the Marine Corp's Toys for Tots campaign.  We're picturing children across the country un-wrapping the latest in systems integration hardware, but hopefully you donated something more appropriate.


We hesitate to put consultant "Joe Z" (left) in our pictures, because as your tabloid of record, we have to spend so much of our caption spelling out his last name, but since you asked, it's Zieleniewski (we think).  With him, Kapow Technologies' Phil Cooke, MITA Group's Kim Patrick and Jim Hunt, and the ubiquitous Al Fox of Verint.  MITA helps clients get government contracts, and Jim just returned from his sixth trip to Iraq-a ten-day jaunt in which he drummed up some telecom business.  (He also spent three days in Cannes, so don't go feeling sorry for the guy.)  Al tells us that Verint has placed video surveillance systems in 48 of the country's 50 largest airports.  Their software can do fancy things like recognize when a person sets a bag down and leaves it.


Look who we ran into:  FOB (friend of Bisnow) Casey Coleman, CIO of the GSA, right, who we profiled in the memorable issue "Chic New Geek at GSA."  Well, we thought we were friends, until she mistook us for a software salesman.  Casey is prepping for a scuba diving trip with her husband in the Turks and Caicos.  Left, Rita Joseph of Cassat Corporation, which offers "green" data centers.


The ubiquitous Bob Dinkel, left, no longer of CSC of course but now Fed Results, with boss Jim Beaupre.  We see Bob everywhere and compare "party counts."  (Note to Kevin Plexico:  See how cleverly we positioned your sign here?)


Our friend Dan Young, left, was clearly back in action last night, recovering just fine from recent knee surgery.  The board member of NCI, GTSI, and Halifax (and an active investor in Carlyle partnerships since they bought Fed Data way back in 1994) has to hurry back to Jupiter after the holidays so he can get back to pal-ing around with all those DC expats down in Jupiter.  (You know the crowd:  Hewitt, Gioia, Cooper, and even that working stiff Shenoy)  With Dan (as if we had to identify her), FCW/GCN/WT (do we have all those acronyms straight?) publisher Anne Armstrong, and her boss, 1105 owner Neal Vitale.  Neal comes in every six weeks from Beverly Hills, which just goes to show you how glamorous we are.  Or maybe he just likes to check his investments.


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