Hilt Financial Group LLC

A Guaranteed Retirement Income for Life

Everybody knows the longer you wait to take Social Security, the larger your monthly benefit check will be. Waiting until your full retirement age (66 for those retiring today) will significantly increase the amount that is deposited into your checking account each month. Holding off until age 70 will increase it even more – by 8 percent a year – once you have reached full retirement age.

But few people realize there are many other ways to increase their Social Security benefits, including the File and Suspend and Restricted Application strategies, says Dwayne Hiltner, president of Hilt Financial Group LLC. The Baltimore-based financial services firm specializes in 401(k), 403(b), TSP, IRA and CD rollovers and in creating guaranteed lifetime retirement incomes, with particular expertise in maximizing Social Security benefits. …Read More

Logenix International


Global Logistics Experts Thrive
Where Few Others Tread

For Ron Cruse, founder and CEO of Logenix International, the world is a very familiar place. Over the course of his 30-year career in the logistics industry, he’s made roughly 250 trips to more than 80 countries. Cruse has acquired the kind of insight no guided tour could offer, executing large-scale projects on the ground while being intimately schooled in cultural and regulatory norms.

Cruse is one of a six-person senior management core at Logenix that has been together for over 20 years. These expert logisticians manage staff operating across the globe,  …Read More

SHINE Systems & Technologies


Crime-Fighting Intelligence 
Meets the Private Sector

Bad guys, beware: Technology used to process crime scenes has advanced rapidly, and wondrously, in recent years. High-tech innovator and business consultant Jeff Thomas, president and founder of SHINE Systems & Technologies, deserves his share of the credit. Thomas founded SHINE in 2008 and quickly propelled it to the forefront in this arena, where the company’s patented intelligence programs and ongoing technological innovation serve the data-gathering and analysis needs of the U.S. military, federal investigators and local law enforcers. …Read More

George Mason Mortgage, LLC


Lending Leader Is Optimistic
About Real Estate Opportunities
in Capital Region

Increases in interest rates and tougher federal lending regulations produced uncertainty in the Capital Region’s housing market in 2013. They also created opportunities for George Mason Mortgage, LLC to further solidify its reputation as a reliable partner to homebuyers, builders and realtors.
“Uncertain times make mortgage originators who keep their promises and deliver the most beneficial mortgage products more valuable than ever,” says GMM Chief Production Officer Bill Landon. …Read More



When It Comes to Unmanned Aircraft, 
the Sky’s the Limit

From the battlefield to basic deliveries, Virginia-based BOSH was not surprised by the buzz that Amazon’s Jeff Bezos created when he announced last December that Amazon.com was working on easy-to-deliver packages via unmanned aircraft. Suddenly, unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs as they’re known in the industry, were suddenly “not just for spying on bad guys and blowing things up,” according to one industry expert.

Amazon is far from the only commercial organization that is eagerly awaiting the day when the FAA allows unmanned aircraft to …Read More



Driving Faster and Smarter Business Solutions With a Modern Work Platform

Business Process Management, the technology that reinvented workplace mobility, is itself poised to enter a new era.
“We will look back at the last few years as a pioneering time in the field,” explains Matthew Calkins, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Virginia-based Appian, whose BPM suite is the most widely recognized and used in the world, serving over 3.5 million users.

Calkins has had a front-row seat as CEO of Appian, and predicts the future of BPM will look much different from today’s cluttered …Read More

Nisga’a Data Systems, LLC


In Data Centers, Smaller Is Better
Achieve complete branch IT consolidation while boosting performance, improving data security and lowering administrative costs

With an unquenchable thirst for computing power and storage, government and commercial firms spent the last fifteen years building bigger and bigger data centers.

Thanks to advances in current technology, smaller is actually better.

“The performance and density of data center solutions improved 10x just in the last five years,” says Frank Watson, president of Nisga’a Data Systems (NDS). “Hanging on to capital equipment investments made five or more years ago may seem prudent, but it comes at a price—and with high risk.”

Data Centers’ New Order
Among the benefits of updating data centers are technologies such as Riverbed Technologies’ latest Storage Delivery solution, which can centralize all data at the data center. “By ‘projecting’ application/user services over the Wide Area Network (WAN) to all branch offices or remote sites, infrastructure costs at those sites can be dramatically reduced,” Watson points out. “This gives IT personnel a secure and manageable disaster-recovery solution while reducing administration and recovery time at each branch by provisioning services remotely.”

But there are caveats to consider before revamping an Enterprise data center strategy.

“We have entered the era of hyperconvergence, where all services—voice, video, data, wired, wireless, in addition to storage and computing—are delivered by a common IP network,” Watson says. “Server virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructures, edge-optimization technology and other architectures enable you to do a lot more with less—and in less space. But re-architecting and consolidation is not a simple IT job.”

Rely on Experts
Knowledge and expertise in architecture, communications and physical design must all be brought together. Equally important is intimate familiarity with the latest offerings from software and hardware vendors. NDS’s partnerships with leading hypervisor OEMs and hardware vendors allow it to apply the best technology and approach to customers’ requirements.

For example, NDS designed and engineered a virtualized enterprise environment for a public-sector customer that reduced space requirements from 12,000 square feet to under 2,000, while cutting power consumption by 44 percent. For commercial customers, reengineering their data centers also yielded rapid ROI.

The Process
Watson makes the point that in all cases, a rigorous process must be undertaken. Before making any recommendations, NDS conducts an audit of current IT assets to produce a comprehensive summary and reporting of the current environment. Then NDS experts determine opportunities for virtualization of existing and planned systems as well as possible secure and cost-efficient cloud-based alternatives.

“Innumerable approaches to computing exist in this era of hyperconvergence,” Watson says. “But no organization can remain competitive living with legacy systems. Don’t get left behind.”


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Rimm-Kaufman Group


Big Data Helps Experts
Precisely Target Digital Shoppers

When leading e-retailers look for ways to market smarter and more efficiently, more of them turn to RKG than any other search and digital agency in the country.

And for good reason. The Charlottesville-based company uses powerful proprietary technology and brilliant analysts to generate more clicks, more conversions, more ROI.

Accomplishments such as doubling or tripling results for clients when taking their programs from competitive agencies built RKG’s reputation and led to rapid growth in revenues (up 87 percent in 2012 …Read More

DKW Communications, Inc.


Keeping the Nation’s Technological Infrastructure Running Smoothly

Today’s world runs on information, which moves via systems, infrastructure and applications, often involving a high level of sensitivity and security.

That’s true in government and it’s true in business. Its importance is why so many decision makers in federal departments from defense to intelligence to space exploration to diplomacy, along with state and local governments, civilian agencies and commercial industries, trust DKW Communications for their information technology needs. …Read More



Returning D.C.’s Waterfront
to the People
The Yards

While this baseball season had the Washington Nationals often “going yard” in hitting home runs, just over their home ballpark’s right-field wall is where The Yards truly begins. Washington, D.C.’s premier urban mixed-use waterfront development project, The Yards, is now hitting its stride. This 42-acre waterfront site, formerly part of the historic Washington Navy Yard, is being reborn through the efforts of Forest City, a $10.6 billion residential and commercial real estate owner, developer and manager that won the rights to redevelop the site in 2004. …Read More