Monday, April 28, 2014

Northern Virginia Hire a US Veteran Information Campaign Kickoff - Lake Ridge, VA Wed Apr 30 10AM-2PM

Northern Virginia Business Center (NVABC) Hire a Vet Kickoff

Date: Wed 30 April 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Networking Coffee 9-10am)
Location: Northern Virginia Business Center (NVABC), 3421 Commission Ct., Suite 100, Lake Ridge, VA 22192

Registration is required, at this registration link.

NVABC, in conjunction with a long list of sponsors, is proud to support our nation's veterans and their transition from military service to gainful employment and business opportunities.

Companies and supporters are invited to come to the NVABC "Hire A Vet" Kickoff, to meet military veteran job seekers in the Northern Virginia region, network with other Northern Virginia businesses, and to learn about the wide range of accessible, local programs and resources available to support veteran transitions. The event is designed to provide businesses with the most updated information and insights to maximize their veteran hiring goals.

This past week, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the Veteran Unemployment rate in 2013 was 9%. A few months ago, the Washington Post reported "The unemployment rate for recent veterans is incredibly high". Last week, McClatchy reported that young post 9-11 US veteran unemployment is a staggering 21.4%. Fox News this week suggests the Pentagon may be partially to blame, and says "...much of the problem lies in a failure to connect veterans to the right employment services in the right place at the right time." Yesterday, New Labor Department regulations went into effect that require federal contractors to take steps to hire minimum numbers of protected veterans and disabled workers. With the US out of Iraq, and soon out of Afghanistan, the DoD, as reported yesterday in the NY Times, plans further reduction the armed forces to levels preceding WW-II.

Veteran unemployment is a major problem, and likely to get worse. The good news is that there are a lot of resources out there to help. Companies that want to help need these resources. That's where this event comes in. The NVABC Hire a Vet Kickoff is designed to provide Northern Virginia businesses and companies with the information/resources they need to comply with the new veteran employment regulations, and to help their businesses succeed and thrive by hiring veterans.

At the event, companies and veterans will learn about the resources designed to help veterans find jobs and start businesses as well as the programs in place designed to help employers find and hire veterans.

Speakers and topics at the event include:
Special Guests
Special thanks also to corporate sponsors of the Northern Virginia Business Center and its Hire a Vet initiative:
Date: Wed 30 April 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Networking Coffee 9-10am)
Location: Northern Virginia Business Center (NVABC), 3421 Commission Ct., Suite 100, Lake Ridge, VA 22192

Registration is required, at this registration link.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Why Information Sharing Precedes Open Data - Coffee Talk

The Agency Deputy CIO (DCIO), Enterprise Architect (EA), IT System/Security Manager (ITSM) and the Open Data Community Evangelist (ODCE) – Over Cafeteria Coffee

The DCIO & ITSM at a table, talking about the annual IT budget status. The ODCE drifts over, recognizes the ITSM from a recent agency newsletter.

ODCE – "Can I sit here? I wanted to talk to you about opening up data, freeing it, from your system to my Github group. Want to join? It’s at ODCE.io., plus there will be an announcement soon on Sharepoint."

ITSM – "Um, sure. Do you have a badge? Who do you work for?"

DCIO (Thinking – this must be one of those social media risks. Can you twitter without using your hands? Maybe he’s got the new Google glasses thing. Need to check my email. This coffee is a bit stale.)

ODCE – "Oh, sorry (produces badge from pocket) – the lanyard felt like a tie. I’m not a clacker yet, you know, with all the badges, I mostly telecommute – but I work for the Outreach/PR office, I’m their Wordpress Content Administrator and SoMe Evangelist."

ITSM (Thinking – is clacking a bad thing? When did we get Wordpress, is it on MySQL? Can I telecommute?) "What data do you need? Where does your Github group sit, on the 3rd floor with Outreach?"

DCIO – "Yes, open data is a great thing, probably. But isn’t “io” a foreign country TLD? We can’t expose our data to them. Wait, isn’t that an ocean?"

ITSM – "Not our data, anyway – it’s sensitive. You’re a DBA? Do you know Bill, our DBA? He has the legacy and big data platforms. I think “io” is really British."

ODCE – "Bill? No, does he know Wordpress? It’s really easy, with all the plug-ins. ODCE.io isn’t really foreign, it’s all over, it’s crowdsourced development. Github is on the Internet, it’s really outside of work."

ITSM – "Bill’s our Oracle DB expert, he’d need to understand this – but is this a requirement from your office, a work thing, maybe a FOIA request or some new regulation? Who’s your manager?"

DCIO (Thinking – “crowdsourcing” can be cheaper, but it’s too much risk – when did we get Wordpress, is it part of the Portal? Is it better than Drupal?) – "Please ask your manager to check with our Enterprise Architect (Katie) on this."

ODCE – "Open Data is the new currency of the Internet, a public utility, it’s like free energy for everyone. It’s massive, but accessible. My manager is Scott, but you don’t really manage “evangelizing” or social media, it’s part of the new company DNA. What’s the Enterprise Architect, does she work for you?"

DCIO (Thinking – “massive” doesn’t mean “free” around here) – "Katie does work for me, she’s in the Directory (but she keeps telling me she belongs in the CFO’s office.). I have a Big Data conference call to attend – good luck with your DNA club, I think my daughter’s in one just like it, at school!" (He leaves, quickly).

ITSM (checking his phone – Wordpress? Maybe it costs less than the CMS platform we have, but isn’t it “freeware”? Drupal really isn't so free...) – "I have a meeting also, about our SOA Data Security status with Bill – I’ll let him know to expect a new system interface request, from the PR office? Use the help desk form, if you can access it – it would be an “enhancement”, probably, for next quarter earliest, especially if it’s using our new SOA platform. Thanks for introducing yourself." (He leaves, beelines across the cafeteria after spotting his Scrum Master).

@ODCE (Drifting away, tweeting) - #opendatarising #Agency CIO all over Open Big Data 4 next qtr, share via ODCE.io – #opensource #dontcomehereforthecoffee.

@DCIO (Locked) - @KatieEA, are you finished with our “As-Is” data models? I think the PR office has a new database. Also, please check http://www...(text truncated)

KatieEA (Thinking – I thought we were skipping the “as-is”, and focusing on the “to-be” – that’s what the new OMB 300 guys really want this year, part of the “Open Government” mandate or something. But we don’t have any new “major investments” to report, beyond the new Open Data catalogue, BPM and SOA software just purchased by the GIS department. I’ll check with Bill.) – To DCIO (via email) – "DCIO, let’s talk via email, my twitter is really just for home stuff."


Outcome – “Information Sharing” will/should always precede “Open Data”, so plan for it - plus, always include your EA.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Project Management, PMP, ITIL, Cost Estimating Business Training & Certification in Virginia

If you're in any way associated with Government contracting, project or program management, project or system cost estimating or resourcing, whether on the job or during acquisition processes and proposal preparation - you may need PMP, ITIL or Cost Estimation Certification and/or training. This is important not only from the business manager perspective, but also from the Enterprise and Solution Architect perspective - it comes in very handy.

Here's a shout-out to some respected professionals at Trio-Consulting and the Northern Virginia Business Center, for an upcoming PMP certification preparation course - as well as many other professional, Federal and DoD contract-focused training and certifications.

Trio Consulting at 3421 Commission Ct, Suite 100, Lake Ridge, VA (Prince William County, near Woodbridge) is offering a 4-day intensive PMI-PMP Bootcamp March 31-April 3 in preparation for PMP Certification in Northern Virginia. Visit the website or call 571-267-1445 for discounted rates today, using promo code "PMPMAR".

Working with the government can be difficult. There is a vast bureaucracy filled with red tape, legal caveats, and rules to navigate once you’ve entered the contract, project or program management role. To be fully prepared, it’s important that you have the training and knowledge to function effectively, for the government or your company. To be truly competitive, and deliver high value work on government programs - managers need to be qualified and even better, certified in standardized project management methodologies. A PMI PMP Certification will put you ahead of your competitors, and make you confident operating under government rules and regulations.

As a source of information for small businesses in Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Prince William County, and the rest of Northern Virginia, the Northern Virginia Business Center (NVABC) is happy to bring this necessity and training opportunity to your attention. The NVABC, a business incubation and startup facility for Northern Virginia, offers new or expanding businesses help with federal contracting, legal assistance, DC-area digital marketing and information technology, business strategies and planning, and many other advisory services for members. The NVABC's proximity to the nation’s capital makes it a significant, effective source for business training and certification required to address most government programs and contracts.

Trio Consulting, located in Lake Ridge VA, offers Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification training, based on guidance and training requirements of the Project Management Institute (PMI.) The Trio Consulting PMI PMP "Bootcamp" is a 4 day in-depth training course from March 31 to April 3 at the NVABC, that fulfills PMI's 35-hour project management training requirement, and leverages the PMP Exam Simulator for real-time, in class test preparation.

According to Trio, the training is for “Professionals seeking certification to meet contract requirements, organizational staff development goals or personal enrichment.” The course itself is geared not only towards learning the information needed to pass the PMI Exam, but also investigates each of the Project Management Framework’s 47 processes. By the end of this four-day program, you’ll be ready for the test and to move forward with your business.

Additional professional development and certification training is available via Trio Consulting and the Northern Virginia Business Center, in Woodbridge (Lake Ridge) Northern Virginia - contact them as soon as possible to register for the PMP Boot Camp and other professional development classes.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Government Open Data Success Via Information Sharing, Enterprise Architecture and Data Assets

The title of this article is quite a mouthful, and three very complex and broadly-scoped disciplines mashed together. But that's what's happening all over, isn't it, driven by consumer demand on their iPhones - mashing and manipulating information that's managed to leak through the risk-adverse, highly-regulated mantle of the government's secure data cocoon, and instantly sharing it for further rendering, visualization or actual, productive use. Mostly a "pull" style information flow, at best constrained or abstracted by public sector Enterprise Architecture (EA) methods and models - at worst, simply denied.
This demand for open data, however, is rapidly exposing both opportunities and challenges within government information-sharing environments, behind the firewall - in turn a fantastic opportunity and challenge for the Enterprise Architects and Data Management organizations.
The recent "Open Data Policy" compels US Federal agencies to make as much non-sensitive, government-generated data as possible available to the public, via open standards in data structures (for humans and machine-readable), APIs (application programming interfaces) and browser-accessible functions. The public (including commercial entities) in turn can use this data to create new information packages and applications for all kinds of interesting and sometimes critical uses - from monitoring the health of public parks to predicting the arrival of city buses, or failure of city lights.
But there isn't an "easy" button. And, given the highly-regulated and tremendously complex nature of integrated, older government systems and their maintenance contracts - significant internal change is very difficult, to meet what amounts to a "suggested" and unfunded (but with long-term ROI) mandate, without much in the way of clear and measurable value objectives.
That doesn't mean there aren't whole bunches of citizens and government employees ready, willing and enthusiastic about sharing information and ideas that clearly deliver tangible, touchable public benefit. Witness the recent "Open Data Day DC", a yearly hackathon in the District of Columbia for collaborating on using open data to solve local DC issues, world poverty, and other open government challenges. Simply sharing information in ways that weren't part of the original systems integration requirements or objectives has become a very popular - and in fact expected behavior - of the more progressive and (by necessity) collaborative agencies - such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Monetizing Wellness, to Drive Value-Driven, Outcomes-Based #Healthcare Transformation in the U.S. #NVTC #NVTCBEA

Thanks very much go to John Teeter - Managing Director, Federal Advisory at KPMG, Global Center of Excellence for Health and former HHS CIO - for his presentation and discussion leadership at today's #nvtc joint committee meeting (Health Technology and Business & Enterprise Architecture #nvtcbea ).

The dialogue revolved around a principle challenge and opportunity in the Global and particularly the US healthcare transformation debate - bending the cost curve of US healthcare through better health outcomes - driven in part by use of the rapidly-growing and effective availability of health performance data analytics. Decreasing costs, by focusing on quality - upfront and often.


Also, overall costs and payments can (now with advanced analytics technology) be more accurately and effectively "bundled" by integrated outcomes that cross provider boundaries - not just by service, by episode, by event, by facility.  The better outcomes are dependent on care investment at every stage, particularly at the Primary Care level.

By focusing attention on and funding regulatory, technology and organizational process improvement initiatives in the primary care/wellness phase of the healthcare services continuum (vs. so much in the secondary/tertiary phases, i.e. the "reactive" phases), outcome quality measures (by person, by population, by case segment) can be dramatically improved, thereby lowering "fee for services" costs and also lowering the overall expense of patient-centered health delivery.

This is "optimization of the gatekeeper function" of the Primary Care provider. The patient becomes the unit of measurement - i.e. their overall status, their engagement metrics, their behaviors. The patient, and the provider, also are more likely to participate in a "value-based benefits" system - where cost-effective (healthwise) behavior is rewarded with better health outcomes and opportunities for the patient, and more business for the provider, in essence "monetizing" the wellness activities.

This is in stark contrast to the status quo, which as Mr. Teeter put it, is usually a "perpetual revenue stream", from specialist visit, to referral/consult, to lab, to pharmacy - and repeated, the more cycles, the more revenue, but each cycle focused only on a particular condition and associated services.

Actual outcome quality initiatives the transformed healthcare industry require, would need to be built on foundations (already underway) aligned with standard Enterprise Architecture models.  The base includes informed, applied regulatory enablers (i.e. legislative mandate and governance); on top of which transformed healthcare payment and delivery business operating models would rest (i.e. the "Business Architecture"); run on modernized information technology platforms (including robust, big data-aware analytics and "Internet of Things" - IoT - platforms); ultimately enabling interoperable, standards-based health data services ecosystems.

The Big Data/IoT platforms are particularly promising, as regulators and healthcare IT professionals wrestle with the question of how, when and why to insert additional data attributes (from everything from social media to ingestible sensors) into personal health records - in a safe, secure, standard manner.

This dialogue will obviously continue in government and industry - and also within the NVTC Business & Enterprise Architecture and Healthcare Technology upcoming committee meetings and presentations.  Check NVTC.org for the next events...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Making Real Money for Bands in the Age of Social Media - Democratization of the Royalties Model, by Gideen.com

Welcome to Music Business 3.0 - it's not about the $1 song anymore. Most artists these days are gifting songs away just for email addresses, the occasional "like". The 3.0 music business model is about creating tracks and collecting many different revenue types internationally for each track/song. It's a new content marketing model and platform for music, for the entire music industry.

Disrupting the recorded music market is a tall order - and 2013 music market investment deals primarily revolved around the largest and most established movers and shakers in the music production, licensing, promotion and streaming/distribution companies.

Not your band, not your music.

According to Billboard, in the music industry, the "big got bigger and rich got richer in 2013" - including corporations like Warner, EMI, Pandora, and Beats Music. Most investments (besides mergers and acquisitions), large and small, revolved around consumers finding and enjoying mainline music offerings, events and concerts - across devices, personalized and in some cases with additional services and tools around creating, sharing and customizing the media.

The 2014 music investment and technology startup scene introduces a revolutionary new take on the music investment, licensing and catalog opportunities for independent artists, their stakeholders and direct investors - and also for consumers, producers and media buyers seeking to find, use and potentially profit from exposure of 98% of the world's music offered for entertainment or business use.  

Music that's non-mainstream, not yet owned by the largest labels. Music that's valuable yet undiscovered and not yet exploited  - available from thousands of amazing Indie artists and bands, estimated at 70% the size of the existing primary music market.



As Blaise Lucy, a prominent music, marketing and technology writer and analyst puts it, "Forget iTunes and Pandora....In the pursuit of precious exposure, musicians are leaving revenue far, far behind...I haven’t yet come across a reliable way for bands to make (decent) money online… but I think I might have found one on the horizon."

GIDEEN™ is a new, crowdsourced music, technology, and revenue platform building steam right now on the Indiegogo fundraising circuit. With the help of #crowdfunding supporters of new #musiclicense platforms, Gideen is creating the premier music licensing and exposure marketplace for the vast majority of the world's creative, fresh and little-exposed music otherwise undiscovered by the hit-driven, pop-culture and electronic dance music (EDM) oriented mainstream music industry. 

"We just have to find ways to democratize the processes of making music, marketing music and using music. That’s what Gideen is doing"CEO Heiko Schmidt. 
  
Gideen.com aligns the economic interests of music artists and creators, fans and new audiences, new media designers and producers, and the consumer investment community in an extremely usable online platform. 


By enabling users and music fans to purchase a stake in the future revenue stream of uploaded songs, the Gideen.com technology service overturns the revenue structure of the current music industry, fostering a mutually beneficial and profitable relationship between independent musicians and a whole new consumer market.

It's content marketing - where the "content" is music, and the "marketing" is a worldwide shared incentive.

Over this month, Gideen is offering promotions to startup donors and early-stage supporters through its Indiegogo music crowdfunding webpage. Be a recognized, publicized Gideen "Tour Manager" or "Producer" with smaller donations - from $1 to $100.  Get 1/3 of the future music revenue of 100 songs from the non-public Gideen song database - with VIP-level support. Donations will support the site and service’s final development and launch phase, along with worldwide music community-building and exposure in anticipation of the anticipated March 2014 launch period.  

Building this new music licensing and availability community is a grass-roots, crowd-funded initiative. Success will in large part depend not only on early-stage supporters and donors, but also on the music community - the #musicpreneur movement - pulling together, sharing and promoting this revolutionary market opportunity through the power of social media.

If you're an Indie music artist, music lover or music supporter - please follow, share, fan, tweet and +1 this first-time opportunity and community news to your fans, friends, audience and fellow media professionals - that's how it will succeed, and benefit the rest of the music industry.

Simply put - 
"Gideen is being built for everyone - everyone who creates, loves, listens to and uses music”.



About GIDEEN “Let the Music Pay"

GIDEEN is a new music, tech, and revenue venture creating the first music marketplace for 98% of the world's valuable yet undiscovered music. The company was incorporated in October 2013 and received seed financing from Joey Capital, LLC in the same month. Launching in March 2014, Gideen technology re-imagines the revenue structure of the music industry by connecting music makers with music lovers to jointly promote and monetize music.

With 900 million global music makers being matched with promoters and introduced to 3 billion promotion and monetization opportunities per month, Gideen will revolutionize the music industry.

Contact Gideen.com directly for more information, visit the music crowdfunding page at Indiegogo to find ways to contribute, or contact the startup crowdfunding experts at KME Internet Marketing to learn more.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DC, Northern Virginia Enterprise Architects, Health Technology Professionals - an #NVTC Joint Committee Meeting with Former HHS CIO John Teeter - 2/18/2014



Northern Virginia Enterprise Architects, Health Technology Professionals, in the Washington DC metro region  - if you are members, stakeholders or guests of the Northern Virginia Technology Council ( #NVTC ), please join us this next Tuesday Feb 8th, 2014, from 7:30-9AM, for a Health Technology, Business and Enterprise Architecture Joint Committee Meeting.  Click here for meeting directions (Fairview Park, VA).

Former HHS CIO John Teeter will discuss Healthcare Transformation, and Enterprise Architecture/IT Investment Strategies with our committee members and guests.

Free Admission for NVTC.org Members and Guests; contact NVTC.org for membership options.

The NVTC Business & Enterprise Architecture ( #NVTCBEA ) and Health Technology Committees present a timely, informed and conversational event with an influential leader in the US Federal Government and global healthcare information technology (IT) dialogue.

JohnTeeter - former HHS CIO

John Teeter is currently the Managing Director in KPMG’s Federal Advisory Group, the Global Center of Excellence for Health. During his time at HHS, the agency successfully realized tens of millions of dollars of cost savings, particularly in health IT and administrative systems. He helped change the way of thinking to increase efficiency in IT acquisition, software licensing and telecommunications.

Prior to this, John was associate Director for IT Architecture at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he kick-started a harmonized approach to systems architecture across a highly federated organization. He began his career at the center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), where he held IT-related positions and was involved in large-scale database migrations.

John has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including induction into the FEAC Institute’s “Federal Enterprise Architecture Hall of Fame”.

Contact the NVTC directly, or Ted McLaughlan, Oracle Enterprise Architecture (NVTC Business and Enterprise Architecture Committee Chair) for more information.