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August 6, 2008

Jim Flyzik;


Four years after retiring from government, Jim Flyzik, famed former Treasury Department CIO and advisor to Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge, tells us he still feels like a government employee. "Even now all my work is dedicated to solving government problems," says Jim, who we met up with yesterday at the Tower Club. Jim runs his a consulting business, The Flyzik Group, with wife Candace (former head of acquisitions in the office of Federal Student Aid in the Department of Education).


Along with his consulting work, Jim hosts a regular radio program: The Federal Executive Forum on Federal News Radio. The show brings panels together from both government and civilian sides to discuss ongoing issues like IPv6 conversion, cyber security and open source computing. Jim also does one-on-one interviews with major government decision makers like HLS Secure Border Intiative spokesman Greg Giddens. "I bring on people and have them talk about the projects they are succeeding on and letting people know all the great things the government is doing," Jim says.


Jim also chairs the ITAA's Interoperability Task Group and just created a group with AFCEA that focuses on homeland security. Jim spends his off hours golfing at Argyle Country Club (he recently shot a 79, with witnesses) or down at his second home in Myrtle Beach, which he refers to as Flyzik Group South.

To Protect and Serve — Your Servers


We love that ServerVault has a Warhol-esque painting of its actual "server vault" hanging in the lobby of its Sterling office. Yesterday we met CEO John Kraft (above middle) and SVP Seth Finkel and CTO John Curran; the 9-year-old company specializes in providing full-scale FISMA-compliant IT security to federal and commercial clients. "We'll host your program on our protected servers in our secure building and make sure everything you do is in line with federal regulations," says John, who was COO of PSINet and a former exec at MCI.


The company, which has fewer than 100 employees, but added 40 percent to its work force last year, is protecting servers for the Defense Travel System that manages travel for 500,000 DoD employees. "If a general is on a plane going somewhere, it could be a terrorist target, so that information obviously needs to stay protected," Seth says. Software firms, that used to sell enterprise software but are shifting to Software-as-a-Service, are hiring ServerVault to make themselves federally compliant. That business push has helped the company grow more than 30 percent each of the past four years in revenue. And don't think these guys are all work: John just got back from The Homestead where he went falconing (we're going to have to look that up); John C. is going to Boston to do some sailing; and Seth is contemplating a trip to Hawaii.

FortiusOne Acquires Mapufacture

We met FortiusOne founder and CEO Sean Gorman (one of our Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35) with his new business partner Mapufacture Prez Andrew Turner outside their Arlington office yesterday. FortiusOne, a 20-person company whose site GeoCommons allows non-technical types to insert data onto a map, just purchased Andrew's Michigan-based company. Mapufacture, which has two full-time employees and a host of contractors, develops tools for data mapping, including mapping data in real time. "Say you were in Beijing for the Olympics: You could map the pollution over the city and see what the air quality would be like at your event," Sean says. Funny he should mention the Olympics: FortiusOne COO Matt Madigan is a rowing coach for the U.S. team.

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