July 19, 2012
Cynthia Poole, Director of Research Services, and Melissa Burgess, Research Analyst, at Market Connections were recently asked to provide a guest post for GovWin on the topic of state and local government’s advanced usage of social media. Deltek and Market Connections recently collaborated on data sharing and analysis for our recent social media in a GovWin state and local government report. Following is their GovWin post.
According to Malcolm Gladwell, key trends in society reach a “tipping point” when ideas, behaviors, messages and products behave just like outbreaks of infectious diseases. When these societal epidemics take hold, these concepts can reach ... Read more
July 18, 2012
Dave Glantz, Director Research Services, Market Connections, Inc.
NASA recently issued a report about how it failed to utilize a lessons–learned system to assess the outcomes of a program, which was also highlighted on GovLoop in the form of a pretty dynamic conversation.
Reading this piece, and being a research professional in the government space, I was reminded of the vital role research plays in government program performance. Agencies need the right tools and insights for both assessing performance and taking the actionable steps toward improvement. These tools exist in the form of research that delivers actionable recommendations.
Without actionable program performance ... Read more
July 17, 2012
Advertising and marketing agencies working in the government contacting sector are tasked with the challenge of both developing creative that resonates with government decision makers, as well as targeting these federal leaders with their messaging.
This is no easy task. While the DC marketplace is small, when compared to a national consumer advertising campaign, it can be difficult for advertising agencies to develop the right media buying strategies that work. In addition, as the competition is heating up amongst contractors for less government dollars, effectively reaching federal leaders and procurement officers is paramount.
FedPulse recently spoke with Greg August, Media Director at ... Read more
July 16, 2012
Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog. There was once a time when things slowed down during the ‘dog days’ of summer in the DC area. Clearly this is no longer the case and, as such, there’s no shortage of news to kick start the workweek. From more sequestration news to mobile security guidelines, we have a most comprehensive round up of government-related news for you. Happy Monday.
Fear of Sequestration: The Pentagon has Become a Hostage in the War Over the Deficit
The topic of sequestration and how it “threatens to rip the heart out ... Read more
July 12, 2012
Laurie Morrow, Director of Research Services, and Melissa Burgess, Research Analyst at Market Connections, Inc.
If Congress approves spending levels that exceed the budget caps of the Budget Control Act of 2011, we could be entering into an era of sequestration in 2013. Whether or not sequestration actually happens, there will still be deep budget cuts that will seem like the sky is actually falling on government contractors.
This was our big takeaway from the “OMG—What If Sequestration Happens?” event hosted by Professional Services Council (PSC), the trade and advocacy organization for professional and technical services contractors that serve the federal ... Read more
July 11, 2012
Monica Mayk Parham, Marketing Director, Market Connections, Inc.
I’ve been attending the International Open Government Data Conference, sponsored by Data.gov at the World Bank this week. We’ve seen quite a few advanced uses of open data in both domestic and international contexts. Kenya shared their open data initiative, which has steadily gained interest since its 2011 launch. I met the folks from Socrata, a leading platform for hosting and manipulating open data. And I spoke at length with REI Systems, who works with GSA on Open Government initiatives like Data.gov and USASpending.gov.
A few key conclusions coming out of this conference:
Involve ... Read more
July 10, 2012
By Dave Glantz, Director, Research Services, Market Connections, Inc.
Last month, I had the pleasure of attending a Tech Town Hall hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and Microsoft. The event brought together Virginia U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine, along with a number of business leaders like Jim Sheaffer, President, North American Sector, CSC; Dendy Young, Managing Partner, McLean Capital; and Fred Humphries, Vice President of Government Affairs, Microsoft.
Although the event was hosted by the NVTC, not much talk about technology actually occurred. Instead the panel focused more on taxation, immigration, education and other mainstream political ... Read more
July 9, 2012
Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog. With many in the DC Metro area suffering from long-term power outages last week, plus the July 4th holiday falling on Wednesday, it was difficult to get fully ramped up into work mode. Well, now’s the time to get fully back into the game. Thankfully, we have assembled all the actionable news you need to be the best government and contracting professionals possible. Happy Monday.
New Rule Could Force Inexperienced Contractors Onto Agency Projects
An agency could potentially be working with inexperienced employees when a new contractor takes over ... Read more
July 5, 2012
On June 21, Market Connections released highlights from its 2012 Government Contractor Study at a Government Marketing Forum event at the Tysons Corner Marriott. The study showcased how government contractors with higher contract win rates are expecting to see continued growth in the future, especially for those who assess opportunities in cyber and cloud early.
Members of the media also found the results newsworthy. Following are the major press coverage from the event:
“Study: Successful Government Contractors Foresee Growth Opportunities” by AOL Government. Read the article.
“Most contractors expect federal revenue growth to increase, survey says” by Washington Business Journal. Read the article.
“PODCAST: Lisa Dezzutti, CEO and ... Read more
July 3, 2012
In case you have never checked out the Pivotal Plays blog hosted by MorganFranklin, it is an award-winning blog that showcases people and organizations that put into play a decisive action with tremendous impact on the business — developing groundbreaking innovations, and accomplishing the extraordinary with limited resources. This is why we were honored to see Market Connections’ Founder and CEO, Lisa Dezzutti, showcased as a leader who enables federal agencies and government contractors to pull off their own pivotal plays. Be sure to check out the full Pivotal Plays post below. We have also included the podcast interview with ... Read more