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November 6, 2008
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The presidential election was so historic, yesterday’s issue could not contain all the thoughts of our government contracting gurus on the future of the industry. So instead of trying to come up with some cute intro, we’ll resume the program in progress.


Alan Balutis, Director and Distinguished Fellow, Internet Business Solutions Group at Cisco: “The Obama victory is good for the tech community, because McCain promised a freeze on government spending, especially on the civilian side, and Obama never said anything along those lines. If you look at where Democrats have traditionally steered money, we can guess at seeing increases in homeland security, veterans affairs, education, health IT and the like. The way Obama and his campaign used social networking technologies, there is an expectation that some of that will carry into government.”


Shiv Krishnan, CEO of INDUS: “There may not be an immediate shift in terms of contracting dollars because of the government’s budget cycle. However, government customers will be cautious about funding new initiatives because of the changing priorities of a new administration.  Our Internet society is used to instant gratification and immediate access to information, and as citizens we expect the same level of service from our government. How can the government do this with a decreasing workforce and increasing budget deficits? Technology! Companies focused on technology will continue to be in demand, but the challenge is to be aligned with the right programs which, with the new administration, will be civilian agencies like education, environment, energy, and healthcare.”


Deepak Hathiramani, CEO of Vistronix: “In the big picture, we are too far below the radar to feel a major impact. However, the election potentially can have a positive impact, since we tend to be more civilian agency-focused and work with agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Interior, to name a few. Homeland Security, Energy, and Veterans will see a potential increase, while defense spending will trend lower. Cyber security and healthcare will also be a major focus for the new Administration.”

Big Brother of Your Own Home

We keep hearing about cyber security, but what about good old-fashioned stay out of my house security? We recently met Alison Slavin, VP at Alarm.com, a provider of web-enabled, wireless home security technology, and Chris Villar, CEO of FrontPoint Security, a leading reseller of Alarm.com. Alarm.com’s new video monitoring solution lets consumers receive motion-triggered video clips to their cell phone or PDA to see what’s going on at their property while they are away, plus it’s easy to set up. “I was on vacation and watched video of a pet-sitter I hired not being nice to my cats. I almost drove home,” Alison says.


The company started in 2000 as a project at MicroStrategy and broke off on its own in ’03. Alison was recruited to MicroStrategy out of Harvard, where she became Alarm.com’s first employee. The Tysons-based company now has millions in revenue and more than 30 employees, none of whom can keep up with Alison on the soccer field where she plays in up to five leagues at once (knowing the whole time her cats are safe).

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