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Bob Kipps serves as managing director at investment bank KippsDeSanto & Co., a provider of services to middle-market firms in the government services, aerospace/defense, cyberintelligence and technology industries. In a new feature for Executive Mosaic, Kipps provides insight into what's driving the GovCon deals market and where participants are aligning for the future. To start 2013, he addresses impacts of the now-in-effect sequester and other budget pressures and notes five important things to consider for the future. After gushing throughout 2012, GovCon M&A deal announcements have slowed to a trickle thus far in 2013.  At a recent deal conference in DC last week, lenders and other transaction advisors were commenting about their lack of deal flow. Sellers clearly tried to accelerate deals that might have otherwise closed in early 2013, before year-end. After ... (more)

Federal Big Data Spending Soaring

Federal agencies spent close to $4.9 billion on Big Data resources during fiscal year 2012 and that number could grow to $5.7 billion in 2014. Research firm Deltek estimates federal big data spending will grow to $7.2 billion by 2017 as agencies strive to handle ever-increasing volumes of data, E-Commerce Times reports. John Higgins writes that one initial challenge agencies face currently is coming up with a definition of "Big Data." Alex Rossino, a Deltek principal research analyst at Deltek, told attendees at a March 14 conference that traditional analytics tools and computing... (more)

D.C. Company Launches Incubator for Tech Start-ups

1776 is a new company that has launched in Washington, D.C. meant to act as an incubator for area technology start-ups. The new company launched eight weeks ago on the 12th floor of an office building downtown and has had 75 companies sign up for its space as part of its offerings. The tech-oriented companies are focusing mostly on health, education, fashion and green energy, according a Washington Post article. “We’re only interested in helping scalable businesses,” said 1776 co-founder Donna Harris. “They don’t have to have funding, but they have to have the potential for fun... (more)

Dell's George Newstrom Charts Govt, Enterprise IT Evolution

George Newstrom, Dell executive director and general manager for the federal government defense and national security business, has penned an article for the company's official corporate blog on what he calls the "third platform" of technologies as he charts the evolution of information technology. Platform one saw mainframes and terminals hit the market and Newstrom writes this development helped government and other industry end users access thousands of applications, reaching millions of end users. Many places are in the second platform of client and server offerings, which st... (more)

DC, Baltimore Groups Team to Boost Region's Cyber Posture

Three economic groups from Washington and Baltimore have organized a special cybersecurity team that aims to help Maryland and Virginia bolster their defenses against cyber threats, the Washington Post reported Monday. Marjorie Censer writes that the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Greater Baltimore Committee and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore will fund the Baltimore-Washington Cyber Task Force. The task force will operate in the education and workforce, economic development, content and finance sectors. Robert Hannon of the Anne Arundel County Economic Development ... (more)