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June 3, 2008


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The Olympics aren't until August, but we found some medal winners at last night's Computerworld Magazine Awards Gala at the Mellon Auditorium. More than 200 laureates from 28 countries were recognized for their contributions to the IT world, including a handful from own backyard. We caught up with the locals and made our own medal out of a yogurt lid we found under the seat of our car.


Army Materiel Command's Rick Walsh and wife Monica. Rick is the man behind the Army's Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry Smart Card Reader, an encrypted Common Access Card (CAC) using digitally enabled Bluetooth technology so military personnel can safely send and receive information on wireless devices. The CACs also work for desktop computers, so when people walk away  they're automatically logged off. That all sounds impressive, but get this: Walsh shoots in the low 70s on the golf course (we have to trust the word of people with medals).


IBM's Dave Shanahan and Greg Williams flank the Navy's Bob Coble and Dave Kapusta. Dave heads the Navy's enterprise resource planning project to integrate all backroom support offices. It's a $2 billion job that will incorporate 88,000 users when completed, the fourth largest ERP ever. Sounds like Kapusta could use a vacation, but he passed on a Memorial Day weekend in New England to stay with his 17-year-old son, who proceeded to drive the family car into a ditch.


Greg Howard, Chuma Mmeje, and Chris Moore, all from WMATA, aka Metro. The three put together a system that monitors employee efficiency and productivity and then sends electronic reports to field supervisors, instead of leaving a print-out on their desk. Thankfully, Bisnow does not have this technology, so our long car naps between assignments will remain secret. [Editor's note: Not quite.] Chris predicts the system will also help the environment, saving Metro 130,000 pages in printed reports per year. It's an idea so good maybe these guys should start their own company.


Army Human Resources Command Col. John Sackett and Sybase's John Foreman. Col. Sackett orchestrated the military's $30 billion soldier-benefits program, that provides proper benefits to wounded soldiers and survivors of the fallen. "Sometimes the money to pay for a soldier's injury was taken from combat pay he earned," Sackett says. "This program makes sure every soldier from Iraq to the Korean War gets what he or she is owed." Sackett is an avid golfer, but has yet to hit the links this year. His favorite spot? The course at Andrews Air Force Base. Nice perk.

A party a day keeps the editor away, so Bisnow tech reporter David Stegon will head to the NVTC CFO Awards Dinner tonight! Send him story ideas at David@Bisnow.com or call 703-674-7718.



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